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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies in Eligible Areas for Nature Stewardship

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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Deadline Date:

01/13/20 5:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Connecticut nonprofits and agencies in eligible areas for environmental projects. New applicants must contact the Foundation prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for initiatives that will preserve environmental land, engage youth in environmental activities, and focus on environmental justice.

Priority is given to programs that: 

  • Preserve and protect environmentally significant lands, waterways and wildlife habitats – for the benefit not only of the ecosystem, but for the health, livelihood, and enjoyment of local residents;
  • Engage youth in educational environmental activities in natural settings, to help them become good stewards of the environment; and
  • Make positive connections between people’s mental and physical health, and their exposure to the natural world.
  • Focus on environmental justice: the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens and meaningful participation of all communities in environmental decision-making.

Preference is given to programs that are:

  • Collaborative in nature;
  • Regional in scope;
  • Promote systems change;
  • Rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • Serve lower-income communities;
  • Seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
  • Incorporate the voices of clients, consumers and youth in planning;
  • Include specific, measurable outcomes; and
  • Affect positive change over the long term.

The Foundation will also consider:

  • Grants for existing programs, new initiatives or special projects;
  • A limited number of public policy and general operating grants, made by invitation only;
  • Capacity-building grants (please call to discuss);

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162696

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $10,000-$50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be requested for multi-year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants generally must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. Grants are not made to individuals or to for-profit endeavors.

Funding is not provided for capital or endowment campaigns, litigation costs, religious programming, endowment campaigns, deficit funding or debt retirement. Grants are not typically made for special events.

Not funded: Individuals, routine operating expenses, capital campaigns, litigation, deficit funding, endowment campaigns, for-profit organizations or religious programming.

These grants must be for the benefit of the residents of the 42 towns in the region, which includes the towns of Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- The link to the grant application will be available on our website by November 1, 2019.
- Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020.
- Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.

You should contact the Community Foundation for feedback on your proposal. Please call Jennifer O'Brien to discuss your idea or submit a letter of intent which summarizes your request in no more than two pages.

General Eligibility Criteria:
https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director
860.442.3572
JennOB@cfect.org

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
68 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320

Grant Coverage Areas:

Towns of Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham, and Woodstock.

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