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Liberty Bank Foundation Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies
to Benefit Low and Moderate Income Families

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Foundation / Corporation

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Liberty Bank Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM Postmark or Receipt


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Grants starting at $2,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit low and moderate income families within the funding source’s market area. Applicants must call program staff prior to applying. Funding priorities include housing, education, food and shelter, and capacity building for qualifying organizations.


The mission of the Liberty Bank Foundation is to support preventive programs that assist low- and moderate-income residents of Liberty Bank’s market area in achieving their personal goals and reaching their potential. The Foundation advances this mission by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations and by acting as a philanthropic leader in the communities it serves.

Geographic Area Served:

The Liberty Bank Foundation supports 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, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Shelton, Southington, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windham.

Funding Priorities:

The Foundation recognizes that all too many Connecticut families still live just one missed paycheck away from economic disaster. The Foundation’s goal is to assist low- and moderate-income families to improve their economic situation and quality of life. Toward that end, grantmaking will focus on the following priority areas:

-Preventive education programs that lead to economic success for children and families
-Affordable and supportive housing
-Building the capacity of nonprofits engaged in the first two priority areas
-Food and shelter for people in crisis

Prevention-oriented Education for Economic Success: The Foundation seeks to support education programs and activities that are preventive in nature—designed to build the knowledge that parents and children need to become economically successful citizens who can address their own needs and contribute to their communities. In reviewing grant requests to support preventive programs, the Foundation will consider the following criteria to be of primary importance:

-The number of people to be served.
-The level of need of the people to be served. Are they of low/moderate income? Are they at risk of some type of negative outcome (for example, failing in school)?
-The potential impact of the program. Will it truly generate long-term change by preventing a potential problem from occurring, or just provide temporary relief? Will it contribute to the participants’ economic success?

The Foundation's prevention strategy also emphasizes collaboration among existing resources—nonprofit, public, and private. Funding will focus on education programs that benefit children and families of low or moderate income. Examples of programs funded under this area include:

-Early childhood education
-After-school tutoring and mentoring programs
-College/career exploration and preparation programs
-Parent leadership training
-Job preparation and training
-Financial literacy education
-Collective impact collaboratives/cradle-to-career partnerships that seek to align organizations and resources to support student success
-Educating the public and policy makers on issues relating to strengthening the economic stability of children and families

In reviewing education programs targeting children, the Foundation looks for these characteristics:
-Demonstrated coordination between the program and the local public school system. This supports alignment with classroom goals and curriculum, as well as robust data collection.
-Measurement of attendance, both at the program and at school
-Age-appropriate measurement of academic progress: for example, 3rd grade reading, 8th grade math or science
-Age-appropriate measurements of desirable behaviors, such as time on task, persistence, decrease in disciplinary referrals

Affordable and Supportive Housing: Connecticut continues to struggle with a serious shortage of affordable housing. Examples of programs eligible for affordable housing grants include:

-Development of low/moderate-income housing, with or without supportive services
-Technical assistance and general operating support for nonprofit developers of affordable housing
-Public education and advocacy to build support for the development of affordable and supportive housing
-Foreclosure prevention and homeowner counseling programs
-Homebuyer education and/or landlord education for aspiring homeowners of low/moderate-income

Building the Capacity of Nonprofits: The Liberty Bank Foundation is committed to helping nonprofit organizations engaged in its first two funding priority areas to adapt to address community needs. The Foundation’s goal is to assist in making organizations more effective, efficient, flexible, sustainable, and productive. Following are some examples of ways in which the Foundation supports nonprofit capacity building:

-Making grants that assist nonprofits to expand their services or become more efficient, effective, and sustainable
-Supporting educational opportunities or forums for nonprofits (for example, the annual conference, workshops on effective grantwriting, program evaluation, board development, and fundraising)
-Making grants that promote collaboration and sharing of resources among nonprofits
-Supporting efforts to improve systems (for example, development of the Coordinated Access Network system to address homelessness)
-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.

Providing Food and Shelter: While the Liberty Bank Foundation believes prevention is the most effective way to improve people’s lives and achieve long-term savings, the Foundation recognizes the ongoing need for high quality intervention services. The “Good Neighbor Fund” was established to provide support for these services. Preference is given to organizations that have received funding from the foundation in previous years. Following are the types of programs that are eligible for grants through the Good Neighbor Fund:

-Homelessness prevention/shelter diversion
-Rapid re-housing
-Emergency shelters for homeless individuals
-Large food pantries and soup kitchens

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176759

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $2,000. Most grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Most grants are made on a one-time basis.

The Foundation does not make multiple-year capital campaign grants.

In 2018, the Foundation will begin providing 3-year program or general operating grants to organizations that meet certain criteria. If your agency has received funding from the Foundation for three consecutive years in the period since the beginning of 2012, and did NOT receive a grant from the Foundation in 2017, you may be eligible for a 3-year grant. Applications for 3-year grants must be to fund the same program for all three years, or may be made for general operating expenses under certain conditions. Some additional criteria must be considered to determine your eligibility; please consult your program officer for details when you call to discuss your grant proposal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following types of organizations are eligible for grants from the foundation:
-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. Grant funds would then be paid to the fiduciary agent for the benefit of the collaborative.

For the most part, the Foundation prefers to fund specific programs. For previous grantees whose activities all align with the funding priorities, the Foundation will consider grants for general operating expenses. On rare occasions, the Foundation may consider requests for capital projects or equipment from agencies that have received grants from the Foundation in the past.

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
-Multiple-year capital campaigns
-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

Since the Foundation receives a large number of requests and wants to give fair consideration to everyone, grants will generally not be made to an organization for more than three consecutive calendar years. The Foundation asks that organizations that have received funding in three consecutive calendar years refrain from reapplying until a waiting period of one year has elapsed. In addition, the Foundation can only accept one application from an organization in any calendar year.

Pre-Application Information:

Before completing and submitting a grant application, applicants must first contact the Foundation to discuss the project for which they are applying for funding—even if they have previously received a grant for the project. Foundation staff can then provide guidance as to whether the project falls within the current funding priorities and answer any questions about the application process. Foundation staff can also inform applicants at that time whether you are eligible for a 3-year grant.

Please note: If an organization has received a grant from the Foundation within the past three years, applicants may be eligible to use an abbreviated application process instead of completing a full grant application with all supporting documents. The Foundation staff can advise applicants of their eligibility for this process when they call to discuss your project.

In 2018, the Foundation will review grant requests on the schedule that appears below. One copy of the completed grant application form, with an original signature and all supporting documents, must be received or postmarked by 5:00 PM on the deadline date in order to be considered for that cycle. Requests received after each deadline will be deferred to the next review cycle.

-Completed applications received by December 31 , 2017 will be reviewed in March 2018
-Completed applications received by April 2 will be reviewed in June.
-Completed applications received by July 2 will be reviewed in October 2018.
-Completed applications received by December 31, 2018, will be reviewed in March 2019.

Please note that if you formerly submitted your grant application in September for review in December, you will now need to submit it for the July 2 deadline in order to have it reviewed this year at the October meeting. If you formerly submitted your application in December for review in March, you will need to
submit it by the November 1 deadline to have it reviewed in February 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to:
The Liberty Bank Foundation
1190 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Grant applications can also be dropped off at any Liberty Bank branch office, provided that Foundation staff is first notified. Please address the envelope to the Liberty Bank Foundation and ask the branch staff to forward the application to the Foundation office via interoffice mail. Applications dropped off at Liberty Bank offices are considered to have been received as of the date they were dropped off (for deadline purposes.) Sorry — the Foundation does not accept applications via fax or e-mail.

To request a hard copy of the grant application, email or call Jane Brosnan at the Foundation office.

Before completing an application, please contact:
Toral Maher, Senior Program Officer
(860) 638-2961

Sue Murphy, Executive Director
(860) 638-2959

Jane Brosnan, Program Associate
(860) 704-2181

Grant Coverage Areas:

Middlesex, New Haven, and western New London Counties; the towns of Berlin, Bristol, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Shelton, Southington, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windham

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