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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF)

Deadline Date:

08/15/18 - For Spring grant cycle


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Grants to Fairfield County, Connecticut nonprofit organizations and public charities for specific 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 Cycles:

All competitive grantmaking occurs during the Foundation's spring and fall grant cycles. In most cases, grant requests may be submitted in either the spring or fall cycle with the following exceptions:
- School year programs that serve the same cohort of children and youth for a school year must apply in the spring cycle
- Poposals focused on the result “All Fairfield County women and girls reach their full potential” must apply in the spring cycle
- Proposals focused on summer learning and summer enrichment programming must apply in the fall cycle with the LOI phase opening September 1st.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172666

Term of Contract:

Grant term: July 1st – June 30th

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 the applicant has 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar – Competitive Grantmaking Information Session January 2017

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for grant process:

Spring grant cycle:
- LOIs submitted between January 15 – 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)

Fall grant cycle – Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs:
- 2018 Summer Program Support Application Open – September 25, 2017-October 27, 2017
- Decisions reached in early January 2018
- Grant Term: January 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
- Final Reports due late September 2018

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.

Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry online

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) begins with a required quiz to determine the applicant's basic eligibility. Once the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements, the applicant can complete the remaining sections of the LOI. In addition to asking the applicant to provide some basic organizational information, the LOI will ask the applicant to describe the grant request and indicate the result area to which the applicant's proposed program or project contributes. Nonprofits may only submit one LOI in any given cycle.

An invitation to submit one full application is at the discretion of program directors.

Step 3: Invitation to submit a full application

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

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Contact Information:

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

LOI submission:

Online webinar:

Sharon Jones, Program Assistant

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Fairfield County