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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies to
Preserve the Lower Connecticut River Valley

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Foundation / Corporation

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Rockfall Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/08/18 12:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $15,000 to Connecticut nonprofits, municipalities, and schools for programs and projects that promote the preservation of the Connecticut River watershed and its surrounding areas. Funding is intended to support projects, programs, internships, or capacity building endeavors related to the foundation's priority areas. Annual grants support both ongoing programs and start-up initiatives.

The goal of the Program is to preserve and enhance the environment in the Lower Connecticut River Valley and to increase public knowledge of and respect for its natural resources. Projects that demonstrate new and imaginative ways to achieve this are encouraged.

The Foundation’s grants often provide critical seed money and support for groups that do not have large budgets or staff. Ideally, these grants can be leveraged to attract additional funders. Of special interest are projects that impact youth (preschool through college) or are multi-generational.

Funding for materials, transportation, program/presenter fees, intern stipends and similar items is eligible.

Priority Areas:

-Environmental Education – Broadly defined, and not limited to school curricula, environmental education programs can target any age from preschool through adults. Activities that engage young people, provide hands-on experiences, or offer creative approaches to learning are encouraged. Capital projects that facilitate learning are not prohibited but will be carefully scrutinized for their application to hands-on learning.

-Responsible Environmental Planning – Planning projects approached with consideration for the natural environment and those that support sustainable communities.

-Preservation of the Connecticut River Watershed – Projects designed to protect and benefit the water quality of the Connecticut River watershed and raise awareness of responsible living in the watershed.

-Internships – Proposed internships must provide a significant environmental education and/or research opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176056

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $500 to $15,000. Multiple grants are awarded, however, only one grant in excess of $10,000 can be funded in a given year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible projects are those that contribute to the general environmental education of the public, promote responsible environmental planning, contribute to the preservation of the Connecticut River watershed, or fund an internship for an environmental project.

-Organizations certified as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, towns, or schools are eligible to apply. Prospective applicants may partner with a 501(c)(3) or a municipality, as co-applicants, to comply with this requirement. A letter of agreement of this partnership from the host entity must be included with the application, stating that they agree to be equally responsible for compliance with all grant requirements.

-Organizations or projects must be based in one of the focus towns: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, or Westbrook. Proposals that focus on the Connecticut River corridor or Long Island Sound will be considered as long as there is a demonstrated impact in at least one of the focus towns.

Items such as food and regular operating expenses (e.g. insurance, rent, etc.) will not be funded. Regular salaries and benefits are not generally funded, but may be considered if a substantial benefit is perceived.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Applicant Workshop:

For new and returning applicants, this session will provide information about the grant program, highlight changes to the application, and answer questions about the process.

September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457

More workshop information:

Pre-Application Information:

- Wednesday, September 12, 5 – 6 pm: Informational Session
- Thursday, November 8, 12 pm: Application Deadline – Applications and all required documents must be received electronically by the Rockfall Foundation by noon. Completed applications should be submitted by email. Applications received after the noon deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant awards are announced in mid-February with funds available by April 1.

Match Requirement:
All grants require a match of cash or in-kind items or professional services. Grant requests up to $3,000 require at least a 25% match of the amount requested. Grant requests exceeding $3,000 require at least a 50% match of the amount requested.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be sent electronically to

Please contact Amanda Kenyon, Administrative Assistant, at 860-347-0340 or at the email above with questions about the process, required documents, or to discuss project ideas.

The Rockfall Foundation
deKoven House
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Grant Coverage Areas:

Focus towns: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, or Westbrook.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut