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Women and Girls Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies to Address the Needs
of Women and Girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants averaging $5,000 to $10,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government entities for activities that support women and girls in the Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills area. Funding is intended to support programs that foster skills development and promote advocacy, while encouraging resilience, self-esteem, and self-respect among girls and young women.

Applicant must be located within and/or providing services to residents of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills service area, including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

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.

Additionally, within the Women's Fund, applications may be directed to the Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund. The purpose of the Fund is 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.

The Foundation seeks proposals that:
- Align with priority areas listed above
- 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 and $10,000. Grants for larger amounts can be considered; for those, please 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. If interested in pursuing multiyear funding, simply submit an initial request for one year. In the following year, you may request continued funding through the Foundation’s online grant application.

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 Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills service area, including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

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.

Ineligible Requests:
- Grant requests for political or religious purposes are not accepted.
- Religious organizations or municipalities are not eligible to apply for grants for buildings or expenses related to buildings. However, they may apply for equipment that is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request.
- Grant requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit are not accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due March 1, 2019. The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

General Guidelines:
http://conncf.org/supporting-nonprofits/grant-guidelines/

Deadlines:
https://conncf.org/supporting-nonprofits/apply-for-a-grant/

FAQs:
http://conncf.org/supporting-nonprofits/grant-guidelines/faq/

To learn more about Nonprofit registration, confirm your registration, or file for an exemption:
http://ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1654&q=459952

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:
https://ccf.egrant.net/login.aspx?PIID=147&OID=133

For more information, please contact:
Ellen Carter, Community Leadership Director,
ecarter@conncf.org
203.753.1315, x114

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills