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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits to Enhance the
Quality of Life for Residents in Eligible Communities

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Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB)

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Grants of up to $25,000 and capital grants of up to $50,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible communities to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support programs, services, and organizations with a focus on education, community and economic development, health and human services, and arts, culture, and heritage. Funded projects must serve the communities of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington.

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain makes two types of investments from unrestricted and field of interest funds:

  • Improving Lives and Conditions: Investing in Programs and services that improve the quality of life and promote equity for the citizens of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington.
  • Investing in Organizations: to deliver valuable services to the community more effectively or that strengthen the ability of an organization to achieve its mission. 

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Collaborations and cooperation among local organizations for the betterment of the region are encouraged. Interest areas for Community Response grants are outlined below: 

First Years First Early Childhood Initiative:

Details about Operating and Capital Grants can be seen here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 178051

Estimated Size of Grant:

Due to the unusual and unexpected strains the health crisis is causing time sensitive requests for General oepratinf funds of $7,500 or less will be expedited.

In general, capital campaign grants will not exceed our history of funding at the level of up to $50,000. Exceptions to that level may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with regard to the size, scope and overall community benefit of the project.

Term of Contract:

In general, Foundation grants are one year in duration; multi-year grants may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or that are a qualified entity eligible to receive grants from community foundations under the IRS Code.

The Foundation will consider funding a grassroots group, if it has a governing body and a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status.

Community Foundation grants are available to nonprofit organizations that provide services in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Organizations that seek funding to provide services in these four communities but which are headquartered elsewhere must both a) collaborate with local agencies in program delivery and b) have a local partner in submitting the application.

Additional eligibility criteria for programs in schools, school system requests, and multi-department/branches may be seen here:

Generally, the Foundation does not make grants for:
- Sectarian or religion-based activities
- Previously incurred expenses
- Annual or endowment campaigns
- Performances or one-time events
- Conferences
- Advertising
- Political activities
- Direct support of individuals
- Camperships or scholarships for academic or enrichment programs

Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must begin with a Letter of Intent (LOI) summarizing the program or project for which funding is being sought. Given the impact of COVID-19, there has been a shift in deadlines for 2020. Letters of Intent should be submitted May 1, 2020. For those invited to apply for funding after an LOI has been reviewed, the grant application deadline is May 15, 2020 and decisions will be made in June.

Only those who have submitted a Letter of Intent and been invited to submit a formal grant application should do so using the Community Foundation Grant Application Guidelines, Grant Request Budget, and the Organizational Budget for Grant Application.

Assembling a project plan that includes other partners is strongly encouraged.

Each organization is limited to one grant proposal for consideration during a single grant cycle. If a proposal does not receive funding, it cannot be resubmitted for future consideration, except by invitation.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOI online:

For more detailed grant application guidance and information or to discuss the proposal before submitting a Letter of Intent, call or e-mail Kaylah Smith, Program Associate, at 860.229.6018, x305.

To discuss applying for funding through the Foundation’s First Years First Early Childhood Initiative, call or email Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives and Program Services, at 860.229.6018, x307.

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USA: Connecticut: Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington

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