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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts,
Health, Education, Environment, Youth, and Human Services

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Main Street Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/30/18 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and projects that benefit the communities of Burlington, Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Walcott, and Southington. Applicants must contact program staff at least seven business days prior to the deadline. Program areas include arts and culture, education, health, human services, environment, youth programs, community outreach, animal welfare, and sports field maintenance.

The Foundation is looking to support nonprofits and organizations as they work to sustain and improve the delivery of services in challenging times. Less emphasis will be placed on funding new programs unless it serves a documented unmet need.

Grants for capital expenditures will be given consideration if the project is designed to directly benefit programs which meet the fund’s guidelines. The Main Street Community Foundation, at its sole discretion, may provide outright grants, challenge grants or grants which require matching funds.

Preference is given to an organization if the program/project:

-Responds to changing or emerging needs of the community;
-Leverages or generates other funding or resources;
-Promotes collaboration among nonprofit agencies without duplication of efforts; and/or
-Enhances an existing program to encourage sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180808

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding in 2017 from several field of interest and unrestricted funds, organizations must meet the following criteria:

-Grants are made for a charitable purpose and must serve the public to be a charitable expenditure. General Competitive Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations and 170(c)(1) public or governmental units.

-Either the organization or the program for which funding is requested, must provide a service to the residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and/or Wolcott. Strong documentation must be provided from out-of-area agencies that individuals from the town are served, and such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Projects not generally funded by the Foundation include, but are not limited to:
-Operating/budgets deficits
-Day-to-day operating expenses
-Previously incurred obligations
-Endowments, research, political and/or lobbying activities
-Property repairs/maintenance
-Loans and memorials
-Replacement of governmental or other public funding
-Fundraising events
-Grants are not available to individuals except through the scholarship program.
-Religiously affiliated or supported organizations may solicit grants for secular projects; however, grants for religious activities will not be entertained.

Competitive grants are made to eligible community organizations for future, planned expenditures and not to cover operating deficits or previously incurred obligations.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants must contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs, or Kate Kerchaert, Program Officer, to discuss any ideas and applications. Applicants must call at least 7 days prior to the grant application deadline to discuss the proposed project and to determine eligibility.

Applications must be completed on the Online Grants Center by 4:00 PM EST on March 30, 2018.

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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:

Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs

Kate Kerchaert, Program Officer

Main Street Community Foundation
120 Halcyon Drive
P.O. Box 2702
Bristol, Connecticut 06011-2702

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott