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Quinnipiac River Fund Grant Program

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Improve Local Water Quality

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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) - Quinnipiac River Fund

Deadline Date:

01/17/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofits in eligible regions to improve the water quality of the New Haven Harbor, the Quinnipiac River, and related watersheds. Funding may be used for environmental research projects, advocacy, land purchases, habitat restoration, and public education.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  1. Studying the pollution of the waterbodies.
  2. Studying the ecology of the waterbodies.
  3. Researching methods of reducing pollution, or otherwise improving the environmental health of the waterbodies.
  4. Addressing means of reducing both non-point and point sources of pollution to the waterbodies.
  5. Researching the permitting process, researching particular permits, and making recommendations as to findings.
  6. Providing public education about the waterbodies.
  7. Purchasing land in the watersheds for conservation, pollution reduction, and/or improving public access.
  8. Environmental advocacy (note: funding cannot be used for litigation).
  9. Habitat restoration.

Note: Projects involving the education of schoolchildren will be considered for grant funding only if they contribute to improving the environmental quality of the Quinnipiac River and its watershed. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166092

Term of Contract:

Most grants are made for one to three years. The Foundation doesn't provide permanent funding for projects. Most grants are made with continuing support contingent upon availability of support and progress towards stated outcomes. There are times, however, when requests for longer-term funding are considered and supported, in accordance with The Community Foundation's strategic goal to put community assets on solid ground.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or any applicable statute of the Internal Revenue code. While grants are occasionally made to governmental agencies, local nonprofits receive priority. Requests will be considered from groups that do not have tax-exemption status, provided that they have a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status. In projects involving a partnership of agencies, a single agency with the appropriate tax status and financial management capacity must assume the role of lead organization.

Eligible applicants must provide services in Connecticut, in the 20 town area of Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.

Projects that do not generally receive consideration:
-Religious activities
-Endowment campaigns
-Previously incurred debts
-Funding deficits

Grants available for capital campaigns are limited. Requests for capital projects (building, equipment, vehicles, and other depreciable items) will be evaluated as to their ability to enable the organization to more significantly serve its constituency. Typically, The Foundation awards only one large capital grant per year.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online, click here:

For more information, email Denise Canning at or call her at 203-777-7076.

70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge

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