Foundation / Corporation
Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) - Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Research Fund
Grants averaging between $5,000 and $10,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills area for programs and projects that promote eye health. Eligible programs are those that support research, improve awareness of eye disease and treatment, and support ophthalmic educational opportunities for area medical providers.
- Community health education on eye disease.
- Support for research institutions (preference is given to Connecticut-based research).
- Support of education and training for doctors and health care providers involved in eye disease research (preference is given to those based in Connecticut).
The Foundation seeks proposals that:
- Align with priority areas listed above
- Address documented community needs
- Summarize the organization’s track record in successfully implementing programs
- Adopt evidence-based programs and models, when appropriate
- Demonstrate potential for drawing additional or sustaining support
- Clearly explain the project plan and provide a realistic budget that aligns with stated goals
- Advance broader community plans and priorities, when applicable
- Describe local presence (even if an agency is based outside the Foundation’s service area, it may have a local office, staff or partnerships)
GrantWatch ID#: 177936
The average amount is between $5,000 and $10,000. Grants for larger amounts can be considered. Please contact the staff to discuss requests for larger amounts in advance of submission.
Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time. If interested in pursuing multi-year funding, simply submit an initial request for one year. In the following year, you may request continued funding through the Foundation’s online grant application.
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
- Must be a nonprofit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes.
- Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Located within and/or providing services to residents of the Foundation's 21-town service area including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.
Ineligible for Funding:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, the Foundation may consider support for equipment if it is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request)
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit
The application deadline is March 1, 2019. The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.
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USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills