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Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF)

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for educational programs that benefit local communities. Applicants for certain types of grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support summer programs that enhance the educational experience and promote learning. Eligible activities and projects benefit the residents of Fairfield County. The Foundation offers three types of grants: Program Support Grants, Capacity-Building Grants, and General Operating Support Grants.

Grant Types:

  • Program Support Grants: These grants are awarded for specific programs and services that contribute to one of the key result areas, and their corresponding strategies. The Community Foundation prioritizes requests from organizations that are results-oriented and have the capacity to measure/evaluate the impact of their work. Performance measures for program support requests focus on the impact of that program on the clients/customers served by the program.
  • Capacity-Building Support Grants: Primarily for nonprofits previously funded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation whose work aligns with the key result areas. These grants are awarded to support specific projects intended to strengthen high-impact and/or high-potential Fairfield County nonprofits so they can achieve their goals more effectively and sustainability. Examples of capacity building requests include strategic planning support, performance measurement, executive transition planning, financial assessment and scenario planning, technology development, staff development, and board development. Performance measures for capacity-building grantees focus on the impact of that project on the organization and its internal customers (staff, board, etc.).
  • General Operating Support Grants: By invitation only. These grants are reserved for highly effective organizations that are critical to the achievement of one or more of the key result areas. Only nonprofits that have been previously funded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and have a proven track record of effectiveness and impact will be considered for this type of support. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185266

Term of Contract:

Grant Term: January 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In addition to aligning with the key result areas, prospective grantees must meet the following additional eligibility criteria:
- Fairfield County will consider requests from charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) organization and public charities under IRS Section 509 (a). Organizations operating under a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) may also be considered.
- Only requests from organizations located within Fairfield County or that directly benefit residents of Fairfield County will be considered..

The Foundation will not consider requests from an organization that has an open competitive grant with the Foundation (meaning you have not submitted a final report). Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will not consider requests to support religious or political causes, or to organizations organized for religious or political purposes.

The following requests will be not be considered:
- Capital campaigns or capital projects.
- Deficit financing
- Annual appeal
- Fundraising event
- Open space purchase
- For-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools or nonprofit endowment
- A specific individual.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for applications is October 22, 2021.

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) begins with a required quiz to determine your basic eligibility. Once you have determined that you meet the basic eligibility requirements, you can complete the remaining sections of the LOI. Nonprofits may only submit one LOI in any given cycle. An invitation to submit one full application is at the discretion of program directors.

If you are interested in being considered for a general operating support grant, please contact your Program Director during an open Letter of Inquiry period.


Spring grant cycle:
- LOIs submitted between January 15 – February 15
- Invitations to apply in early March
- Applications due at the end of March
- Decisions reached in early July
- Grant term: July 1st – June 30th
- Reports due: January 15th (interim) and July 15th (final)

Fall grant cycle:
- LOIs submitted between July 15 – August 15
- Invitations to apply in early September
- Applications are due end of September
- Decisions reached in early January
- Grant term: January 1st – December 31st
- Reports due: July 15th (interim) and January 15th (final)

Fall grant cycle – Summer Learning & Summer Enrichment Programs:
- 2022 Summer Program Support Application Open – September 20, 2021 – October 22, 2021
- Decisions reached in early January 2022

All competitive grantmaking occurs during the spring and fall grant cycles. In most cases, grant requests may be submitted in either the spring or fall cycle with the following exceptions:
- School year programs that serve the same cohort of children/youth for a school year must apply in the spring cycle
- Proposals focused on the result “All Fairfield County women and girls reach their full potential” must apply in the Fall.
- Proposals focused on summer learning and summer enrichment programming must apply in the fall cycle.

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

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Direct questions to:
Sharon Jones, Community Impact Associate

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
40 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: (203) 750.3200
Fax: (203) 750.3232

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