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

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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Deadline Date:

01/13/21 5:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Connecticut nonprofits, schools, and municipal and governmental agencies in eligible towns for environmental programs. First-time applicants must contact the Foundation prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for initiatives that will preserve environmental habitats, engage youth in environmental activities, and focus on environmental justice.

The Community Foundation strives to foster a greater region-wide understanding of – and to promote action on – the relationship between the health of the natural world and the health and well-being of local residents. For 2021, the Foundation will consider environmental grants that benefit any of the 42 towns in the Foundation's region.

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, especially youth of color, in environmental education to help develop the next generation of 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;
  • 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 up to three years of funding.

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.

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.

Regarding private schools, the Foundation does not generally fund projects that serve only a discrete and fixed group of individuals without also having a broader public benefit.

Organizations may apply for more than one grant, as long as they are through separate grant opportunities.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

The new Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and to start, save, edit, and submit applications. See here: https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant/Online-Grants-Center

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New applicant organizations are required to contact the Foundation before beginning an application.

If you are new to the Foundation or are applying for a new program, 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 (by email) which summarizes your request in no more than two pages.

Please call to discuss multi-year requests in advance of submission.
Note: The Foundation's policy for three-year grants requires taking a fourth year off from funding.

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

FAQs: https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Grant-FAQs-Tips

Applicant Tutorial Video 1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O2-rkkxy9iQ1WLx2LKaBYr9LgFoXfaqt/view

Applicant Tutorial Video 2: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cmTa7Hmacg4pqJpn5Xo92vp3RzRxfoeS/view

Applicant Tutorial Video 3: https://drive.google.com/file/d/155ta4kdwfWbiSnftjux_PGJHfMkse5Bz/view

Contact Information:

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

Apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfect

Questions should be directed to:
Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director
JennOB@cfect.org
860.442.3572

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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