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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies
in Eligible Locations to Respond to Community Needs

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Community Foundation Of Middlesex County (CFMC)

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Deadline Date:

09/21/20 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible locations for services and programs that address a range of community needs. Funding is intended for programs that have a positive impact on the health and vitality of local communities. The Foundation is also interested in requests that address an organization’s adaptability and forward-thinking for the near future in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Middlesex County.

The Community Foundation seeks applications for projects that possess some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or programs that help individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other funding resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

Grants are available across the various areas of need, including:

  • Community Enrichment (Arts / Culture / History)
  • Community Health (Health / Medical / Hospital Care)
  • Economic Security / Economic Opportunity
  • Economic Development
  • Education (Community Wide / Schools)
  • Environment/Animal Welfare and Protection
  • Public / Social Benefit (Civic Improvement/Social Service)
  • Recreation

Fields of Interest:

  • Animal / Human Resources and Welfare: Grants to this focus area provide for the needs (food, health, and shelter), services (training, rescue, and adoption) and educational programs provided by organizations dedicated to helping animals and their human friends.
  • At-Risk Boys and Young Men: Established in 2013, the At-Risk Boys Fund’s mission is to provide grants for programs that help young men and boys reach their full potential. The Foundation’s At-Risk Boys Fund Grants Committee is interested in programs that focus on prevention, education, self-respect and self-confidence, skill development, and enhance positive work and life experiences.
  • Women and Girls: The Foundation’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls Grants Committee is seeking proposals that empower women and girls to be self-reliant and to reach their potential. Programs should be models in providing meaningful opportunities and services to women and girls.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174579

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Foundation grants typically range from a minimum of $500 to a high of $5,000, with the majority of grants in the $1,500 to $3,500 range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the various communities of Middlesex County.
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt agencies at the time of application must have a Fiduciary Agent in order to submit an application.
- Grant awards cannot be used retroactively to pay costs for programs or services that have occurred in the past.
- Applications from previous grantees are welcome; continued funding will be considered by the Grants Committee, but is not guaranteed.
- The Community Foundation instituted a “three-year-grant/one-year-off” requirement beginning with grants awarded during the 2009-2010 Competitive Grants Cycle; agencies receiving grant awards for three consecutive years may not apply to the competitive cycle for one year.

Normally, the Foundation will not award grants to or for:
- Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identification, political affiliation, or religious belief;
- Programs or materials that would normally be included in the regular operating budget for schools;
- Municipal/government agencies for programs or materials that would normally be part of their regular operating budget;
- Fund debt reduction or debt retirement;
- Building Programs;
- Endowments, reserve funds, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives;
- Fundraising event sponsorships or creation of fundraising event collateral materials;
- Religious or political purposes;
- For the purpose of re-granting;
- Activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available (in general, no retroactive funding);
- Staff positions for which long-term funding has not been established or planned; or
- Individuals

Pre-proposal Conference:

Nonprofit organizations considering an application are strongly encouraged to attend one of the virtual Zoom meetings to be held on August 13, at 9:00 AM, and August 18, at 4:00 PM.

If unable to attend, a recording will be made available after August 18. Anyone interested in attending a virtual session or in receiving a link to the recording must register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due September 21, 2020, by 4:00 PM.

Applicants will be notified of the recommendation regarding their application by January 15, 2021.

Questions about this grant cycle should be directed to Thayer Talbott (see Contact Information below).

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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.

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Direct questions to:
Thayer Talbott, Director of Programs and Operations
Phone: 860.347.0025 ext. 203

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County
49 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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