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Community Grantmaking - New Haven, CT

Grants to New Haven, Connecticut Nonprofits to
Strengthen Communities and Help Disadvantaged Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Carolyn Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 Midnight


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Grants to New Haven, Connecticut organizations to strengthen local communities and benefit economically disadvantaged youth and children. Proposals may help community residents in areas such as education, health, youth development, social support, and community activities.

Community Granting Priorities:

Economically Disadvantaged Children and Youth

The Foundation seeks to empower economically disadvantaged children and youth by supporting their families and others to inspire, nurture, educate and guide them to achieve long-term stability and well-being.

The Foundation believes that all children and families have a collection of strengths and assets that they can use to build positive lives for themselves. However many families’ economic circumstances severely limit their access to information and the range of opportunities for their children. This is a gap that the Carolyn Foundation can help address.

Therefore, as the Foundation reviews proposals, careful attention is paid to the populations being served and focus efforts on those with significant economic challenges typically as indicated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch. The Foundation will seek programs that respectfully support these young people and their families.

The Foundation will do this by funding programs that:

-Enable children and youth to be successful in school.
-Provide access to resources to promote a healthy lifestyle.
-Assist children and youth to develop positive relationships with adults, life skills, and positive decision-making.
-Support families’ ability to nurture and support their children.
-Provide direct access to quality arts and creative expression.

Community Vitality:

The Foundation seeks to enhance the vitality of New Haven, Connecticut through programs such as arts, civic and cultural organizations that build a shared understanding and commitment to the local community.

The Foundation believes that the quality of life for all people is improved by having a diverse and vibrant cultural community that nurtures and challenges its members to be the very best they can be as engaged and respectful community members. This category does not include social service programs.

The types of programs the Foundation has funded in the past have included:

-Programs/activities that bring together diverse communities.
-Programs that make community resources more accessible and inviting to diverse audiences.
-Programs that spotlight and share the arts, culture, and heritage of community residents.
-Activities that support and empower active community engagement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177154

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recently most community grants have been in the $10,000 – $25,000 range.

Term of Contract:

All of the Foundation's responsive grants are one year grants. The Foundation does not intend to provide ongoing annual support for organizations. The Foundation's typical grant size is based on a one year funding commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Due to the current demand on the Foundation's limited resources, the Foundation has narrowly focused grant making to the City of New Haven, excluding suburbs. The exceptions to that are rare and would typically be either a one-of-a-kind organization that very uniquely serves the entire region or organizations that have offices outside the city but primarily serve the residents of New Haven.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:

-February 1: This is the deadline for grants paid in June.
-August 1: This is the deadline for grants paid in January.

Applications are due by midnight for online submission dates. If the deadline falls on a weekend the applications are due the next business day.

The next grant deadline is February 1, 2018. The online application system will be available December 15, 2017. The Foundation will review proposals between February and May. Any declination will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Final recommendations will go to the board of trustees in May and grants will be paid in June.

Online Application Instructions:

Applications Tutorials: and


Evaluation Criteria:

Self Assessment:


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Becky Erdahl, Executive Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: City of New Haven, excluding suburbs