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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits to Benefit Women and Girls in Eligible Locations

Community Fund for Women and Girls Grant


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Funding Source
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Greater New Haven

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/03/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible communities for activities and programs that benefit local women and girls. Funding is intended to address the basic needs of girls and women and to promote economic security. Eligible programs benefit women in Greater New Haven.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Community Fund for Women & Girls is providing grants to nonprofits that provide women in Greater New Haven with greater economic security through programs that support:

  • Women’s workforce training and employment participation and the necessary wraparound services
  • Women’s basic needs
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • Childcare and after-school supports that assist women in the workforce.

Grants are to provide a pool of flexible funding that organizations can use to purchase material items, cover administrative and staff costs, or provide cash assistance or grants to individuals.

Funding Priorities

  • Women's Economic Security: Financial and wrap-around supports (cash assistance, transportation, childcare, housing) that allow women to fully participate in training and work opportunities. Priority will be given to programs providing support to women who are ineligible for federal relief programs. Sample Outcomes: Increased ability to seek and maintain employment; increased ability to participate in and complete job-training programs.
  • Basic needs: Support that allows women and their families to manage during the pandemic and be employed or participate in training or educational opportunities. Sample Outcomes: Women’s increased economic security.
  • Women Entrepreneurs: Helps women entrepreneurs including direct financial assistance for operational and administrative costs, business planning and marketing guidance, and other related services. Sample Outcomes: Increased financial strength for women-owned businesses, increased staff capacity, and creation of employment opportunities for women.
  • Childcare/ After School Program Support: Operational Support - Funding that supports staffing, temporary wage supplements, and supports to retain staff and keep programs in operation. Sample Outcomes: Increased staff retention; increased wages for childcare providers; continued program operations for childcare/youth programming.

Material basic needs include shelter (rental and eviction assistance, rental down payment furniture, mattresses), food, clothing, hygiene items, non-prescription drugs and other essential health care not covered by insurance, home utilities, physical safety, transportation, communication tools, and cash assistance through gift cards.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
While each grant process has its own criteria, all applicants must be defined as 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 a 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 the lead organization.

Individuals are not eligible for grants except for participants in the New Haven Neighborhood Leadership Program and applicants for academic scholarships.

Applicants must provide services within the Foundation's 20 town area: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, North Branford, North Haven, West Haven, Oxford, New Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Orange, Woodbridge.

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

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is April 3, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions the week of May 15th.

Eligibility Criteria:

Additional information:

Estimated Size of Grant
$1,500 - $20,000

Contact Information
Apply online:

Kara Straun, Strategic Program Manager:

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510

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