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Valley Community Grants Program

Grants to Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut Nonprofits
for Community Engagement and to Improve the Local Quality of Life

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Valley Community Foundation (VCF) and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF)

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Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to Connecticut nonprofit and volunteer organizations working to improve the quality of life in Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Oxford, and Shelton. Funding is intended for community and civic engagement projects carried out by small, grassroots nonprofits. Grant funds can be used for general operating support, project support, and capacity building support.

The Valley Community Foundation's Community Grants supports the development and implementation of projects that will improve the quality of life in the Valley. The following are projects which are eligible for funding:
- Self-sufficiency Projects - collective buying clubs, farmers markets, community gardens
- Neighborhood identity and pride - neighborhood fairs, house and garden tours
- Beautification Efforts - mural painting(s), clean-ups, upgrading playgrounds and public spaces
- Youth Initiated Projects - youth fairs, discussion groups, school club activities
- Youth Enrichment - leadership development, mentoring, tutoring
- Athletic Activities - uniforms, athletic equipment
- Skill Learning Opportunities - workshops, speakers, seminars
- Elderly and Parent Activities - workshops, speakers, wellness activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183072

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $250 to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Most grants are made for one to three years, with continuing support contingent upon availability of support and achievement of stated measures and benchmarks. There are times, however, when requests for longer-term funding are considered and supported, in accordance with the Foundation's strategic goal to put community assets on solid ground.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Valley Foundation welcomes grant requests from non-profit organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) or any applicable statute of the Internal Revenue code that provide services in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. Eligible organizations should have fewer than two full-time staff members or fewer than four part-time staff members

Requests will be considered from groups that do not have tax-exemption status, provided that they have a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status. In projects involving a partnership of agencies, a single agency with the appropriate tax status and financial management capacity must assume the role of lead organization.

To be considered for a grant, all applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, sex, religion, national origin and sexual preference, in all aspects of organizational operations -- hiring, leadership, and service provision.

Individuals are not eligible for grants but can be eligible for academic scholarships. Projects that support religious activities, endowment campaigns, lobbying, travel, previously incurred debts, or funding deficits generally will not receive consideration.

The projects that are not eligible for funding include staff salaries, trips, gas grills or coolers, and post prom events.

Amounts available for capital campaigns are limited. Requests for capital projects (building, equipment, vehicles, and other depreciable items) will be evaluated as to their ability to enable the organization to more significantly serve its constituency.

The Valley Community Foundation does not provide permanent funding for projects.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Valerie Knight-DiGangi

Denise Canning

Beth Colette

Valley Community Foundation
253-A Elizabeth Street
Derby, Connecticut 06418

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: The Lower Naugatuck Valley, including Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton