Connecticut Community Foundation fosters creative partnerships that build rewarding lives and thriving communities in 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $2.3 million in grants to over 250 nonprofit organizations in our region that are addressing the most pressing challenges and opportunities in our region—and making lives better.
Arts and Culture: Bring interactive arts programming to local neighborhoods and communities through the collaborative work of arts and community service agencies.
Cradle to Career: Support successful educational and social-emotional outcomes for youth, starting at birth and ending in early adulthood.
Economic Vitality: Build a stronger regional economy through workforce development, infrastructure planning and studies, affordable housing and economic security programs.
Environment: Support the conservation and preservation of our natural resources (including land, water, air and energy), while increasing environmental awareness for residents of all ages.
Grassroots Grantmaking: Support Waterbury residents in creating positive changes in their neighborhoods, and grow and develop resident-led groups.
Healthy Communities: Advance local health priorities including: access to care, prevention and control of chronic disease, and increased availability of nutritious food, mental health care, substance abuse prevention, eye health, and fitness.
Older Adults: Support projects that help older adults stay healthy, informed and engaged and assist communities in preparing for the aging of their population.
Technology: Support organization-wide technology projects that help build a solid infrastructure to strengthen a nonprofit’s work.
Women and Girls: Promote self-esteem and resilience in young women and girls and support women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Additional grant funding initiatives
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
1. 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.
2. Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
3. Located within and/or providing services to residents of our 21-town service area.
4. Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually. Learn more, confirm registration or file for an exemption.
ineligible for funding
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, we 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
1. Connecticut Community 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)
- Include alliances and collaborative ventures between organizations
2. Length of Funding: 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.
3. Deadlines: Grant deadlines may be different based on priority area of the grant request.
4. Apply: Applications are accepted via the Foundation’s online grant forms.
5. Funding Decisions: Community volunteers review the requests by priority area and final decisions are made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.