Program Support Grant

Grants to Fairfield County, Connecticut Nonprofits
for Youth, Arts, Women, Economy, and Health Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 172666
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF)


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Grants to Fairfield County, Connecticut nonprofit organizations and public charities for programs and projects that focus on the areas of youth (up to age 25), women and girls, economic security, the arts, and promoting local nonprofit sustainability. Priorities and strategies for each of these focus areas are outlined below.

1. Youth (Under 25):
Goal: All Fairfield County youth thrive by 25

-Increase educational opportunities for underserved populations
-Increase youth employment opportunities
-Promote youth development

2. Women and Girls:
Goal: All Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe

- Improve education and employment prospects for women and girls
- Improve life skills in women and girls
- Promote leadership development for women and girls
- Increase behavioral health care for women and girls
- Increase reproductive health services for women and girls
- Increase safety for women and girls

3. Economic Security:
Goal: All Fairfield County households are economically secure

- Increase employment opportunity
- Promote housing solutions
- Increase financial security
- Increase affordable, effective community-based health, mental health, and supportive services

4. Arts and Culture:
Goal: Arts and culture for everyone in Fairfield County.

- Increase access to arts and culture
- Increase arts education that prepares everyone for life success
- Increase programmatic and operational capacity of the arts and culture sector

5. Nonprofit Capacity Building:
Goal: Fairfield County benefits from an effective nonprofit sector

- Increase organizational capacity and sustainability of the nonprofit sector
- Promote leadership development within the nonprofit sector
- Increase collaboration among nonprofits

Grant term: January 1st – December 31st

The Foundation will consider requests from charitable organizations that are tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) organization and public charities under IRS Section 509 (a). Organizations operating under a fiscal sponsor with tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) may also be considered.

The Foundation will only consider requests from organizations located within Fairfield County or that directly benefit residents of Fairfield County.


The Foundation will not consider requests from an organization that has an open competitive grant with the Foundation (meaning you have not submitted a final report).

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will not consider requests to support religious or political causes, or to organizations organized for religious or political purposes.

The Foundation does not consider requests for capital campaigns or capital projects.

The Foundation will not consider requests for any of the following:

- Deficit financing
- Annual appeal
- Fundraising event
- Open space purchase
- For-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools
- Nonprofit endowment

The Foundation will not consider requests for a specific individual.

Webinar – Competitive Grantmaking Information Session January 2017:

Three-Step Application Process:

Step 1: Login to or Create an account

First-time users will need to set up an account before being able to access the online LOI form. To access a tutorial on how to set up an account, click here:

Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry online

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) begins with a required quiz to determine your basic eligibility. Once you have determined that you meet the basic eligibility requirements, you can complete the remaining sections of the LOI. Nonprofits may only submit one LOI in any given cycle.

Note: If you are interested in being considered for a general operating support grant, you should contact your Program Director during an open LOI period.

Step 3: Invitation to submit a full application

Staff will review your LOI. If the proposed project meets the Community Foundation’s priorities, you will be invited to submit a full grant application online. An invitation does not in any way guarantee a grant award.

Timeline for grant process:

Spring grant cycle:

LOIs submitted between January 20 – February 15
Invitations to apply in early March
Applications due at the end of March
Decisions reached in early June
Grant term: July 1st – June 30th
Reports due: January 15th (interim) and July 15th (final)

Fall grant cycle:

LOIs submitted between July 15 – August 15
Invitations to apply in early September
Applications are due end of September
Decisions reached in early January
Grant term: January 1st – December 31st
Reports due: July 15th (interim) and January 15th (final)

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Contact Sharon Jones, Program Assistant, at 203-750-3219 or

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
40 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: (203) 750.3200
Fax: (203) 750.3232

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