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Grants to Northwest Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for Arts, Health, and Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/30/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,500 or grants starting at $1,500 to Northwest Connecticut nonprofits, schools, and agencies for programs in the areas of arts and culture, civic and education, the environment, social services, and health. Funding is available for programming (funding new programs or expanding existing programs); capital and renovation projects; and furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

The Foundation serves the following communities: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.

The Foundation is also interested in funding innovative projects and/or programs that promote collaboration among nonprofit organizations within its service area.

The Foundation does, on occasion, fund contributions to capital campaigns. A capital campaign is considered to be a time-limited project that has as its goal the construction of buildings or parts of buildings (including remodeling or additions), or other infrastructure. The Foundation will not contribute to a capital campaign once the building or other construction project is complete.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179778

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are designated as small ($1,500 and under); and traditional (over $1,500). The Foundation’s average grant amount is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards must be expended within nine months of the approval date, or a grant extension request must be submitted and approved. In very rare circumstances, the Foundation will approve a multi-year grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a grant from the Foundation, an applicant must:
- Qualify per the Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt organization. Most grantees qualify under Section 501(c)(3), although there are other eligible nonprofits such as schools or governmental agencies, for certain projects. Organizations may contact the Foundation to discuss eligibility;
- Serve residents in one or more of the 20 towns within the Foundation’s service area (see below).

The Foundation serves the following communities: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.

The Foundation will not consider requests to fund the following:
- Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against or show favoritism toward a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief;
- Grants to schools for programs that would be included in the operating budget of most schools;
- Grants to governmental agencies for programs that should be part of their operating budget;
- Debt retirement;
- Endowments or other reserve funds (with the exception of applications to the Edwards Community Endowment Project);
- Membership or affiliation campaigns;
- Grants that further political or religious doctrine;
- Grants to individuals;
- Individual medical procedures;
- Grants requested for the purpose of re-granting;
- Activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available (in general, no retroactive funding);
- Staff positions for which long-term funding has not been established or planned.

Allocations of operating overhead that are included in the project budget for the grant will be deducted, and not funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read and follow the instructions found in the Grant Guidelines PDF under Supporting Documents below. If this is the first time you are applying to the Foundation, you may find it helpful to contact the Grants and Program Director prior to submitting an application.

Nonprofits may apply for cycle grants three times per year, in January, April, and September. Funding decisions are made about two months after each application deadline.

Due Date: January 31
Decision Date: March 31

Due Date: April 30
Decision Date: June 30

Due Date: September 30
Decision Date: November 30

Grantees should allow up to three weeks for the receipt of their grant checks. (Note: Payment requests received after December 15 will be processed in January.)

Applications that are denied may not be re-submitted for consideration until one year has elapsed. Applicants may, however, apply for funding for a separate, distinct request during the same year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://northwestcf.org/grantapplication

Julia Scharnberg, Grants & Program Director
(860) 626-1245 Ext. 113
JScharnberg@northwestcf.org

The Community Foundation of NW CT
P.O. Box 1144
32 City Hall Avenue
Torrington, CT 06790

Grant Coverage Areas:

Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: See Additional Geographic Information for grant coverage areas