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Women and Girls Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies to Address
the Needs of Girls and Women in Eligible Regions

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Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF)

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for activities that support girls and women in eligible regions. Funding is intended for projects and programs that foster the development of skills, support advocacy, and encourage the building of self-esteem, resilience, and self-respect among girls and young women. Grants will also fund critical services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Funded projects must serve residents of communities in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills area.

The service area includes the following 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and/or Woodbury.

Women’s Fund Purpose: To identify, convene and support programs that promote advocacy and skill development while fostering resilience, self-esteem, and self-respect among girls and young women in the local region.

Possible Grant Funding Projects:

  • Creation of inclusive, welcoming, and supportive conditions and positive role models
  • Outreach that builds participation and inclusion of underrepresented populations
  • Meaningful youth involvement in creating the program’s plans and or implementation
  • Programs that contribute to positive youth development and utilize the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets; programs that have established achievable and meaningful goals for participants, as well as tracking systems to follow progress; and programs that include teenage and pre-teen girls.
  • Multiple organizations working collaboratively on establishing goals, developing curricula or schedules, and addressing training needs, implementation and evaluation efforts.
  • Planning grants that allow organizations the opportunity to explore and plan for a potential project. Costs associated with analyzing feasibility, solidifying partnerships, developing work plans or proofs of concept are eligible.

Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund: Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

Purpose: To support agencies that provide critical services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Priority is given to direct service programs to address immediate crises and provide emotional support and guidance to women and children who are victims of social, emotional or psychological abuse or sexual assault and domestic violence. Aims are to promote self-confidence, pride, dignity and personal advancement in those who have suffered from such destructive behavior.

Connecticut Community Foundation seeks proposals that:

  • Align with the priority area (Women and Girls)
  • Address documented community needs
  • Summarize the organization’s track record in successfully implementing programs
  • Adopt evidence-based programs and models, when appropriate
  • Demonstrate potential for drawing additional or sustaining support
  • Clearly explain the project plan and provide a realistic budget that aligns with stated goals
  • Advance broader community plans and priorities, when applicable
  • Describe local presence (even if an agency is based outside the Foundation’s service area, it may have a local office, staff or partnerships)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167038

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average amount is between $5,000-$10,000. Grants can be for larger amounts and, for those, applicants are requested to contact staff to discuss the project in advance of submission.

Term of Contract:

Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes.
- Applicant must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Applicant must be located within and/or providing services to residents of the 21-town service area.
- Applicant must have a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually. For more information, see

Ineligible for funding:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, support for equipment may be considered if it is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request)
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 15, 2021.

The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

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

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For more information, contact:
Ellen Carter, Community Leadership Director,
203.753.1315, x 114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

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