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Grants to Greater New Haven, Connecticut Nonprofits and
Public Agencies for Organizational and Project Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and The Valley Community Foundation

Conf. Date:

02/02/18

Deadline Date:

03/29/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofits and occasionally governmental agencies for projects and activities serving the following communities: 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.

Nonprofits demonstrating strong management and a good track record of accomplishments will be given priority consideration to receive a Responsive grant.

The three types of Responsive grants include the following: general operating support, project support, and capacity building support.

General Operating Support (GOS)
General Operating Support is defined as a grant made to further the general mission and work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project. General Operating Support gives nonprofits flexibility to direct their spending where it is needed most and allows greater focus on achieving an organization’s mission.

Only organizations that have been incorporated for at least five years AND have received a Responsive grant from either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation are eligible to apply for a General Operating Support grant.

Project Support
Project Support is defined as a grant made for a specific new or existing project. Project Support applications are available to organizations that are new to either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation and those organizations that have received a Responsive grant in the past.

Capacity Building Support
Capacity Building Support is defined as a grant for short-term financial assistance to build the infrastructure of an organization for long-term success. Requests for capacity building include but are not limited to board development, strategic planning, evaluation and capital expenditures including equipment, building renovations, or relocation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168652

Term of Contract:

Most grants are made for one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You must be defined as a tax-exempt organization 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.

Individuals are not eligible for grants.

Generally Not Funded:
-Religious activities
-Endowment campaigns
-Lobbying
-Travel
-Previously incurred debts
-Funding deficits

More on eligibility: http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/EligibilityCriteria.aspx

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grantseeker Webinar 2018 (Recorded)
Program Description: This webinar reviewed responsive grant opportunities offered by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation.

Topics include:
- All of the Community Foundations’ grant processes
- How to apply for the Responsive Grant process
- The timeline from start to finish
- Application types and attachments
- Upcoming workshops to support your application preparation

View the recorded webinar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17CWR5MJtGLLp55EXEnVyJo8Lo_H9pKDY/view?usp=sharing

The slideshow presentation is attached below in Supporting Documents.

Pre-Application Information:

The Responsive grant application review process occurs in two-stages and takes approximately six months.

During the first phase applications are reviewed by staff and community reviewers under grant staff guidance.

Each confidential application is reviewed by three people; a scoring metric (see samples attached below) is used to create a common framework from which decisions to move applications forward are made, and an average of all three scores determines an application’s overall score. Final decisions as to which applications move forward to the second stage are made by the Board with staff recommendations. After the first phase review, applicants are either moved forward to the second stage or denied.

In the second stage, professional reviewers and staff analyze each application; analysis includes a site visit, document review and interviews with the applicant. Staff presents analysis and recommendations to the Board for discussion and a final decision. Notification of award or denial is sent by the end of October.

Staff is available throughout the process to provide guidance and feedback to applicants.

FAQs About Applying for Grants: http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/FAQsAboutApplyingforGrants.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Apply for General Operating Support (GOS): https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384?SA=SNA&FID=35116

Apply for Project Support: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384/default5.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35114&SESID=6671&RL=

Apply for Capacity Building Support: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384?SA=SNA&FID=35117

Denise Canning, Grants Manager
203-777-7076
dcanning@cfgnh.org

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510-9755

P: 203-777-2386
F: 203-787-6584
contactus@cfgnh.org

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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