The Community Foundation has awarded more than $77 million in grants and scholarships since 1983. In 2020, we put approximately $10 million to work - thanks in large part to the generosity of our donor advisors - to impact our region and beyond.

Recent Grant Recipients

Click on the links below to view the full range of grants to our nonprofit partners, whose services and programs are critical to the well-being of our region.

About these grants

Norwich Youth Grants support youth development programs and services for economically and socially disadvantaged Norwich youth, to help fill the gap in services left by the closing of the YMCA of Southeastern CT in Norwich. This grant opportunity aligns with our Empower Youth and Promote Basic Needs & Rights strategic priorities. These grants are funded mainly through the generous legacy gifts of Grace & Lewis Sears and Jeannette Frisbie, with the help of other Norwich-based funds and donor advisors, including the John E. and Elizabeth M. Martin Fund and the Hargus Family Fund.

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $156,406 in grants in 2021. (Committed $344,406 over 3 years.) Grantees

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $143,775 in grants in 2020. Grantees

About these grants

The Southeast General Grants are designed to benefit the residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford. Grants generally support programs directed toward two of our community impact priority areas: Empower Youth and Promote Basic Needs & Rights

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $931,840 in grants in 2021. Grantees
(Committed $1,021,840 over three years.)

2020

Fast-Tracked Grants: Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $403,500 for Basic Needs grants in 2020. Grantees
Note: The Basic Needs Grants were fast-tracked in response to the current pandemic. The balance of the SE General Grants will be announced in the near future.

Balance of SE General Grants: Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $383,500 for the balance of this grant cycle in 2020. Grantees

About these grants

  • These grants support youth empowerment and basic needs & rights, including the general welfare of low-income residents of the town of Windham through the Willimantic Welfare Bureau.
  • These grants reflect two of our Grantmaking Priorities: Youth Empowerment and Promote Basic Needs & Rights

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $31,500 in grants in 2021. Grantees

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $37,450 in grants in 2020. Grantees

The Preston Community Fund, established in 1991, supports the arts, and cultural and social needs of the residents and organizations of the Town of Preston to help support the varied nonprofit and civic organizations in town, under the guidance of an advisory committee of Preston residents.

This grant opportunity aligns with the Community Foundation's strategic priorities for Promote Basic Needs & Rights

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $4,709 in grants in 2021. Grantees

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $3,530 in grants in 2020. Grantees

About these grants

  • These grants reflect one of our Grantmaking Priorities, which is to Preserve the Environment
  • Through the issuance of these grants, we strive to foster a greater community-wide understanding of – and promote activities that improve – the relationship between the health of our environment and the health and well-being of our residents.
  • Our environmental grants are funded through the Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals & the Environment, which is intended to promote environmental education and conservation in New London County, and the Mary Janvrin & Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals & Nature which emphasizes the preservation of the natural environment and habitat for birds and other animals.

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $819,380 in grants in 2021. Grantees

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $423,500 in grants in 2020. Grantees

About these grants

  • These grants reflect one of our Grantmaking Priorities, which is to Advance Animal Welfare
  • Through the issuance of these grants, we strive to ensure that our region provides for the adequate protection, care and humane treatment of our animals and wildlife.
  • These animal welfare grants are funded through the Peter Grayson Letz Fund, the Jacqueline & Marc Chadourne Fund, and the Steven M. Lewis Best Friends Survival Fund for Animals & the Environment, each of which serves the residents and animals of New London County; as well as the Josephine & Gabriel Sacco Fund for Animals, which looks after animals in the town of Groton.

2021

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $89,000 in grants in 2021. Grantees

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $61,300 in grants in 2020. Grantees

About these grants

  • Through these grants, we strive to empower women of all ages in Eastern Connecticut lead more positive, healthy, productive lives.
  • These grants are funded through the contributions of many generous donors.

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $15,000 in grants in 2020. Grantees

2019

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $18,795 in grants in 2019. Grantees

About these grants

  • Through these grants, we strive to empower women of all ages in Eastern Connecticut lead more positive, healthy, productive lives.
  • These grants are funded through the contributions of many generous donors.

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $13,000 in grants in 2020. Grantees

2019

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $8,500 in grants in 2019. Grantees

About these grants

  • Through these grants, we strive to empower women of all ages in Eastern Connecticut lead more positive, healthy, productive lives.
  • These grants are funded through the contributions of many generous donors.

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $136,600 in grants in 2020. Grantees

2019 Grants

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $122,259 in grants in 2019. Grantees

About these grants

  • Through these grants, we strive to empower women of all ages in Eastern Connecticut lead more positive, healthy, productive lives.
  • These grants are funded through the contributions of many generous donors.

2020

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $60,900 in grants in 2020. Grantees

2019

Our Grants Committee awarded a total of $61,000 in grants in 2019. Grantees