Liberty Bank Foundation Grant
Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies
for Children, Housing, and Human Services
for Children, Housing, and Human Services
Foundation / Corporation
Liberty Bank Foundation
12/31/16 Postmarked or 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants typically ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to Connecticut nonprofits and government agencies for initiatives to support low- and moderate-income residents. Funding priorities include economic development for children and families, affordable housing, and basic human services.
Capacity building projects are eligible if they fall within the first two priority areas.
Funding area examples:
1. Prevention-oriented Education for Economic Success:
- Early childhood education
- After-school programs
- Mentoring and tutoring programs
- College/career exploration and preparation programs
- Parent leadership training
- Job preparation and training
- Financial literacy education
- Promoting social and emotional health, identity and self-esteem, positive character, basic life skills, and conflict resolution skills
- Educating the public and policy makers on issues relating to strengthening the economic stability of children and families
2. Affordable Housing:
- Development of low/moderate-income housing, with or without supportive services
- Public education and advocacy to build support for the development of affordable and supportive housing
- Foreclosure prevention and homeowner counseling programs
- Serving as a convener and facilitating collaborations among nonprofits, funders, government, and business
- Providing a point of access to the education, technical assistance, and financing programs available through Liberty Bank
- Assisting nonprofits in educating the public and policy makers on housing issues
3. Building the Capacity of Nonprofits:
- Making grants that assist nonprofits to expand their services or become more efficient and effective
- Supporting educational opportunities or forums for nonprofits (for example, seminars on effective grantwriting, program evaluation, board development, and management)
- Making grants that promote collaboration and sharing of resources among nonprofits
- Convening nonprofits and other sectors to address community needs and issues in a holistic fashion: considering the multiple viewpoints involved, building consensus about solutions, and combining resources to put those solutions into action.
4. Providing for Basic Human Needs:
- Food pantries and soup kitchens
- Emergency shelters for homeless individuals
- Unmet necessities funds
In general, preference is given to specific programs, rather than capital projects, equipment, or general operating expenses.
The minimum grant amount is $2,000.
Most grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.
The foundation generally does not fund multiple-year capital campaigns.
- Nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status
- Government agencies (Certain conditions apply—please contact the foundation staff for details.)
The foundation also makes grants to collaborative groups working on issues relating to the funding priorities.
Collaboratives may include nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, faith communities, and other
organizations. If a collaborative is not a separately incorporated entity, an eligible nonprofit or government
agency must serve as fiduciary agent for the collaborative.
The Liberty Bank Foundation does not make grants to the following types of applicants:
- Fraternal groups
- Organizations that are not open to the general public
The Liberty Bank Foundation does not make grants to support the following:
- Annual fund drives or campaigns (other than United Way)
- Trips, tours or conferences
- Sponsorship of events
- Scientific or medical research
- Single-disease research and/or support organizations
- Deficit spending or debt liquidation
- Lobbying or otherwise influencing the outcome of the legislative or electoral process
- Sectarian or religious programs
- Other grantmaking foundations
Before completing and submitting a grant application, please contact the Foundation office to discuss the project, even if reapplying. This step is mandatory.
When the quarterly deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or bank holiday, the deadline will be extended to 5:00 PM on the next business day.
Funding categories are based on eligible project descriptions and examples in the guidelines below.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Before completing and submitting a grant application, please contact:
Kara Pedersen, Program Associate
Applications and supporting documents should be sent to:
The Liberty Bank Foundation
1190 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Organizations and programs that operate within Liberty Bank’s service area, which consists of Middlesex, New Haven, and western New London Counties, as well as the towns of Berlin, Bristol, Glastonbury, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Shelton, Southington, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windham.
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