The Foundation encourages you to discuss your proposal concept with program staff before starting an application. If your organization is new to us, an initial conversation is required in order for your application to be considered.

General Eligibility Criteria

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About Our Regional Impact Grants

2023 applications open on November 1, 2022.

Our regional grant opportunities are based on donor intent and link with our strategic priorities. Each is focused on a particular geographic area.

The Community Foundation is committed to incorporating a focus on equity and social justice in our work towards a healthy, thriving Eastern Connecticut. In 2022, we made awards of more than $200,000 from the Fund for Racial Justice. For 2023, we will not have a separate cycle for racial justice but we will integrate this equity lens in each of our Regional Impact cycles.

Programs that promote racial equity, contribute to movement building, and seek to change inequitable systems through advocacy will be a priority.

Our Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and to start, save, edit and submit applications as well as grant reports.

We encourage all applicants to contact program staff with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New applicant organizations are required to contact us first in order for their application to be considered.

About Environmental and Animal Welfare Grants

2023 applications open on November 1, 2022.

The Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment was established in 2014 to benefit environmental education and conservation, as well as domestic animals and wildlife, in New London County. The Mary Janvrin & Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals & Nature was established in 2017 and emphasizes the preservation of the natural environment and habitat for birds and other animals.

The Community Foundation is committed to incorporating a focus on equity and social justice in our work towards a healthy, thriving Eastern Connecticut. In 2022, we made awards of more than $200,000 from the Fund for Racial Justice. For 2023, we will not have a separate cycle for racial justice but we will integrate this equity lens in our Environmental and Animal Welfare cycles.

Programs that promote racial equity, contribute to movement building, and seek to change inequitable systems through advocacy will be a priority.

Online Grants Center:

Our Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and start, save, edit and submit applications as well as grant reports.

We encourage all applicants to contact program staff with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New applicant organizations are required to contact us first in order for their application to be considered.

About Our Women & Girls Fund Grants

2022 applications are now closed.

Generous gifts and bequests from caring donors have created four permanent endowment funds serving the Northeast, Norwich, Southeast and Windham areas. Together, the four funds are advancing equal opportunities for women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut, using a lens of equity and social justice in our grants, advocacy and action.

Our grantmaking priorities reflect the challenges identified in The Status of Women and Girls in Eastern Connecticut:

  • Empower women and girls to make positive decisionsExamples include mentoring, leadership, career exposure, character development.
  • Promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violenceExamples include teen dating violence prevention education, domestic violence shelters and transitional housing, victim advocacy.
  • Advance family economic securityExamples include training for jobs and career advancement, programs to overcome barriers to financial security, and other supports for low-income women.
  • Support access to women’s health, mental health and reproductive health servicesExamples include counseling, health education, health care access.
  • Support public policy, advocacy and leadership to promote equityExamples include statewide policy groups, training programs for grass-roots organizations. Please call the program staff to discuss your ideas.
  • Help New London women, ages 62 and older, with limited incomes to remain in their homes (Southeast only)Examples include meal delivery, nursing services.

Collectively, the four Women & Girls Funds have an endowment of $5.4 million and have awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to over 600 programs.

We encourage all applicants to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New organizations are required to contact the program office before beginning an application.

For more information about each fund, and to apply for a Women & Girls Fund grant:


Recent Recipients

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Mini-Grants

For more information on civic engagement mini-grants, contact program director Jennifer O'Brien at JennOB@cfect.org.

Civic Engagement Mini-Grants

Alexis de Tocqueville said in Democracy in America that “the health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

We at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut believe that an informed and engaged citizenry is an essential ingredient of a healthy democracy. Through our initiatives, we hope to create an inclusive table and invite all voices to participate, especially those from communities of color and our youth. Our civic engagement grants are intended to support initiatives that share these inclusive values and will further the depth of understanding and likelihood of participation in civic life in the community.

Our commitment to civic engagement seeks to impact the lives and well-being of residents throughout the region. Mini-grants of up to $1,000 are available to support efforts to build and strengthen our communities towards a just and civil society. Contact program director Jennifer O'Brien at JennOB@cfect.org for eligibility.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT GRANT APPLICATION

Click here for examples of the range of civic engagement activities from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement).

Note: Grants may not be requested for event sponsorship, staff training or general program support. Additionally, they cannot be used to endorse or denounce a political party or candidate, or to withhold or refuse Information or other assistance based on support for or opposition to particular candidates, parties, or policy/platform positions.