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Cradle to Career Grants - Youth Development Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Areas to Support Children Ages 9-21

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Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF)

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Grants averaging between $5,000 and $10,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipal entities in the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills area to improve outcomes for local children. Funding is intended to support successful educational and social-emotional outcomes for children ages 9 to 21.

Possible projects include:
- Evidence-based youth programs whose results have been tested and validated over time, especially those that contribute to positive youth development.
- Programs that integrate the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets to ensure youth become healthy adults. Support for training and education for both adults and youth in learning about and putting into practice the 40 Developmental Assets.
- Programs or activities that expose elementary, middle and high school students to various career and education opportunities. Provide opportunities for youth and families to learn about college admissions and financial aid eligibility and procedures.
- Culturally-competent programs that expand and improve parent leadership and engagement in their child’s educational and emotional development.

The Foundation seeks proposals that:
- Align with priority areas listed above
- Address documented community needs
- Summarize the organization’s track record in successfully implementing programs
- Adopt evidence-based programs and models, when appropriate
- Demonstrate potential for drawing additional or sustaining support
- Clearly explain the project plan and provide a realistic budget that aligns with stated goals
- Advance broader community plans and priorities, when applicable
- Describe local presence (even if an agency is based outside the Foundation’s service area, it may have a local office, staff or partnerships)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182790

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average amount is between $5,000 and $10,000. Grants for larger amounts can be considered; in that case applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation to discuss the the project in advance of submission.

Term of Contract:

- 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.
- Located within and/or providing services to residents of the 21-town service area including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.
- Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.

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

The application deadline is March 1, 2019. The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

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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.

To apply online:

For questions contact:
Ellen Carter, Director of Community Leadership
203.753.1315 x 114

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills