People's United Community Foundation (PUCF) Grant
Grants to USA Nonprofits in Northeastern States for
Housing, Education, and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Housing, Education, and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Foundation / Corporation
People's United Community Foundation (PUCF)
10/01/17 11:59 PM
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine nonprofit organizations to benefit communities where the funding source has a business presence, with an emphasis on low-income areas. The Foundation seeks to invest in services and programs that promote the well-being and economic development of neighborhoods, support the development and educational needs of children and youth, and enhance quality of life for local residents.
Primary Focus Areas:
People's United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address basic needs and encourage financial independence and self-sufficiency for low- to moderate-income residents; as well as activities which promote economic development in low-income neighborhoods where People's United Bank does business.
-Basic needs services
-Initiatives that transition people from assistance to independence
-Financial literacy and education programs
-Programs that promote economic stability and self-sufficiency
-Small business development / entrepreneurial programs
-Job skills training and placement programs
-Programs and services that serve those with special needs or disabilities, which promotes a higher level of self-sufficiency
People’s United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address the need for educational improvement and advancement of children and youth, especially within low- to moderate-income school districts.
-Academic improvement / advancement programs
-Early childhood development and school readiness (Head Start) programs
-Charter and Magnet Schools
-College and SAT prep programs
-Career exploration and internship programs
-Educational and life skills development programs for children and youth, including those with disabilities or special needs
People’s United Community Foundation supports programs that create affordable housing opportunities and the development and sustaining of safe, clean and desirable neighborhoods.
-Nonprofit organizations that directly develop affordable housing or assist developers which create affordable housing, through rehabilitation, new construction and/or neighborhood revitalization efforts.
-Community loan funds
-State and national programs, operating within the Bank's footprint, that serve as developers of affordable housing
-Supportive and transitional housing for homeless, low-income and those with disabilities or special needs
-Closing costs and down-payment assistance programs
-First-time homebuyer education
-Homeownership counseling and foreclosure prevention programs
Special emphasis is given to programs and services in low-income areas designed to:
-Promote economic stability and self-sufficiency
-Improve education and academic advancement
-Facilitate affordable housing and homeownership opportunities
Strong consideration is also given to programs and services that assist individuals with special needs or disabilities, at-risk children and youth, and the elderly.
Types of programs/services for individuals with special needs may include, but is not limited to; services for those with sight or hearing loss/impairment, assistance with daily living activities, or programs for children with severe medical conditions. A special need does not include individuals who require assistance due to circumstance such as substance abuse or socio-economic status.
Special needs programs are subject to interpretation by PUCF, and will be approved or declined at the discretion of the PUCF Board of Directors.
Funding requests should be for a program or service.
The Foundation seeks proposals that demonstrate the following:
-Strong leadership and effective board governance
-Sound administration and stable financial conditions
-Competency in mission-driven organizational activities
-An effective, sustainable and scalable model
-Ability to create a positive impact on the targeted population
-Ability to provide clear performance measures and outcomes
-Strong partnerships and effective collaborations with community leaders and organizations
The majority of People's United Community Foundation grants are less than $10,000, with the average grant being between $2,500 and $7,500.
If this is your first time applying for a grant from the People's United Community Foundation, it is recommended that your request fall within the average grant size. This does not imply that the Foundation will approve the amount requested, nor does it guarantee funding. The minimum grant request amount is $2,500.
People's United Community Foundation distributes grants to nonprofit organizations operating within the communities served by People's United Bank. The footprint includes Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
People's United Community Foundation supports local United Ways across its footprint through the People's United Bank Employee Match Campaign. Due to this annual giving campaign, grant requests from United Way chapters are not accepted.
To be considered for a grant from People's United Community Foundation, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
-Organization must be operating as a recognized public 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for a minimum of 2 years, and the program/service for which funding is being requested must be operating for a minimum of 12 months.
-Must operate or serve individuals within the cities/towns where People's United Bank branches are located.
-Grant request must fit within the three areas of focus (community development, youth development and affordable housing) and align with the priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing.
-Organizational category and/or the program/service for which you are seeking funding must NOT be on PUCF's list of ineligible activities.
The following is a list of activities and types of agencies that are ineligible for funding from People’s United Community Foundation:
-Activism or community organizing
-Advertising (yearbooks, journals, publications, etc.)
-Annual appeals and operational fund raising campaigns.
-Arts & Culture organizations, programs, activities and events
-Capital requests or campaigns
-Childcare/Daycare agencies or programs, subsidies & scholarships (not part of an accredited Head Start or School Readiness program for low income children)
-Conferences, seminars, panel discussions and trips
-Conservation, environmental causes
-Discriminatory organizations or activities based on race, religion, etc.
-Disease specific organizations and activities
-Fiscal Agents or Fiduciaries
-Fundraising Activities/Events (golf tournaments, road races, etc.)
-Health & healthcare programs
-IRS Sub Classification of 509(a)3 Supporting Organization
-Limited/very small number of individuals being served by an organization/program
-Media-related initiatives (television, radio, film, video and books)
-Medical equipment, patient treatment funds, etc.
-Pilot programs, new initiatives and start-ups
-Political Action Committees (PAC’s)
-Political, labor, civic or fraternal organizations
-Private schools, colleges and prep schools
-Programs, agencies and communities outside of the Bank's geographic footprint.
-Public school districts and their individual schools
-Religious organizations, unless supporting non-sectarian broad based community issues
-Research and feasibility studies
-Sports, athletic events, or recreational
-Sponsorships or projects where the Bank or its employees receive tangible benefits or privileges
-Student trips/tours (including transportation and conference costs)
-Substance abuse programs
-Theater, dance and music programs, stand-alone or as part of a youth development/enrichment program
-Third parties raising funds for a charity
The Foundation operates on a trimester grant cycle, and only accepts one grant application from an organization per 12 month period. The grant cycle periods take up to four months, from the time of the grant application deadline to when an organization is notified of a decision. Applications are due three months prior to the Board meeting/decision month, and agencies will be notified of the board’s decision by the first week of the following month.
Grant applications are accepted up through 11:59 PM on the deadline date of each grant cycle. There are no extensions for deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday.
Below are the foundation’s grant cycles, along with the corresponding application deadlines and decision dates. Please reference your grant cycle when communicating with the Foundation.
January Grant Cycle:
To be considered for a grant during the January cycle, you must submit an online grant application by the October 1st deadline. Applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 1. The board of directors meeting takes place in late January, and you will be notified of a decision in early February.
May Grant Cycle:
To be considered for a grant during the May cycle, you must submit an online grant application by the February 1st deadline. Applications will be accepted from January 1 through February 1. The board of directors meeting takes place in late May, and you will be notified of a decision in early June.
September Grant Cycle:
To be considered for a grant during the September cycle, you must submit an online grant application by the June 1st deadline. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through June 1. The board of directors meeting takes place in late September, and you will be notified of a decision in early October.
Grant Cycles and Deadlines:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have any questions regarding the grant application or final report process, please contact:
Lia Martino, Administration and Grants Specialist
You may also consult your local market liaison:
Fairfield County, Connecticut:
New London County, Connecticut:
Westchester / Hudson Valley, New York:
People's United Community Foundation
850 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 338-6111
Fax: (203) 338-6116
More information regarding the People's United Bank's footprint may be found here:
USA: Connecticut: Communities served by People's United Bank; Maine: Communities served by People's United Bank; Massachusetts: Communities served by People's United Bank; New Hampshire: Communities served by People's United Bank; New York City: Communities served by People's United Bank; New York: Communities served by People's United Bank; Vermont: Communities served by People's United Bank
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