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Sponsorship Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies to
Sponsor Local Events and Support Fundraising Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants totaling up to $2,500 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, libraries, community centers, and municipal agencies to support events and fundraisers taking place within the funding source’s service area. Eligible towns include Bethlehem, Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Bridgewater, Litchfield, Goshen, Morris, Middlebury, New Milford, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Walcott, and Woodbury.

There are two types of sponsorship grants:
-Underwriting grants are for one-time charitable events and/or educational programs that are open to the public and held in the CCF’s 21-town service area;
-Challenge grants match dollar-for-dollar (up to the grant amount) contributions received in response to a fundraising challenge made during your organization’s event that are open to the public and held in the CCF’s 21-town service area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179799

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request up to a total of $2,500 for an underwriting grant, a challenge grant, or a combination of both. Typically, though, grant awards are between $500 and $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Events may take place after April 15, 2019 (Feb. 1 deadline) and after October 1, 2019 (July 26 deadline).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program has supported events hosted by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, libraries, over-55 communities and/or senior centers.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

-Must be a not-for-profit 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 CCF’s 21-town service area.

-Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.

Golf tournaments, walk-a-thons or other sports activities are ineligible for funding.

Ineligible for funding:
-Requests for political or religious purposes
-Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, we 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

Pre-Application Information:

You may apply at any time prior to the sponsorship deadlines. It is to your advantage to apply early.

Deadlines are at 11:59 PM EST.

2019 Sponsorship Application Deadlines:
-Feb. 1 for events held after April 15, 2019; Final grant decisions will be made on Feb. 28.
-July 26 for events held after October 1, 2019; Final grant decisions will be made on Aug. 22.

The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

Length of Funding:
Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time. If interested in pursuing multiyear 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.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Cynthia Merrick Donor Services Officer
203.753.1315, x112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.