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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Valley Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/28/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Greater New Haven, Connecticut nonprofit organizations and occasionally governmental agencies for new and existing projects, operational support, and capacity building. Organizations serving the following communities may apply: 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.

Three types of responsive grants are available:

- 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.
- Project Support is defined as a grant made for a specific new or existing project.
- 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:

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.

The responsive grants application process is open to all requests that serve the Foundation's twenty-town region:
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.

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.

Nonprofits demonstrating strong management and a good track record of accomplishments will be given priority consideration to receive a Responsive grant. Refer to The Community Foundation's Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management (see Supporting Documents below).

General Operating Support grants: 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.

Project Support grants: These 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.

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.

Individuals are not eligible for grants.

Generally Not Funded:

- Religious activities
- Endowment campaigns
- Lobbying
- Travel
- Previously incurred debts
- Funding deficits

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/EligibilityCriteria.aspx

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 responsive grants application process is open. The deadline is March 28 at 5 p.m.

The Responsive grant application review process occurs in two-stages and takes approximately six months. 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. Notification of award or denial is sent by the end of October.

Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/GuidingPrinciplesforNonprofits.aspx

FAQs:
http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/FAQsAboutApplyingforGrants.aspx

How an Idea Becomes a Grant: http://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/AboutOurGrantmaking/HowanIdeaBecomesaGrant.aspx

For a full list of Workshops, Webinars and Events for Nonprofits: https://www.cfgnh.org/StrengtheningNonprofits/WorkshopsEvents.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Online application portals:

- General Operating Support (GOS): https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384?SA=SNA&FID=35141
- Project Support: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384?SA=SNA&FID=35143
- Capacity Building Support: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_384?SA=SNA&FID=35142

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

Stephanie Chung
schung@cfgnh.org
203-777-7077

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