Grassroots Grantmaking

Developing Neighborhood Leaders

Connecticut Community Foundation developed its grassroots grants program in 2016 with the help of Waterbury residents and community leaders. The grants aim to support Waterbury residents in building healthier and more vibrant communities in the city.

What does "grassroots" mean?

Helping community members identify the positive changes they want to see and then supporting them in pursuing their goals. Community change is accomplished by working with residents rather than doing things for them.

What are grassroots grants and who can apply?

Grassroots grants are "mini" grants ($1,500 each) available to Waterbury residents who endeavor to make positive changes in their neighborhoods. They do not need to have 501 c(3) or nonprofit status to apply for this grant. Groups do need to complete an easy application in order to be considered for funding. Download the grassroots grant application

What kinds of neighborhood projects are funded?

Generally, we are looking for projects that: 

  • Build relationships among Waterbury residents to create positive change in a neighborhood

  • Develop resident leaders 

  • Connect residents and resident-led groups across Waterbury so that residents can learn from one another and take action on common concerns

Who serves on the Grassroots Grants Committee? Can I talk to them?

Below are all the volunteer members of our committee. Feel free to reach out to individual members for more information. If you apply for a grant, a Foundation staff member and Grassroots Grant Committee members will contact you to learn more about your project. 

  • Pastor Derrill Blue, Mt. Olive A.M.E Zion Chruch 
  • Eden Brown, Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury 
  • Pastor Dick Dill, Waterbury Bible Church
  • Ruth Glasser, UCONN Waterbury
  • Melissa Green, Waterbury resident, Bridge to Success Community Messenger
  • Raechel Guest, Waterbury Public Library
  • Geraldo Reyes, Community organizer
  • Ede Reynolds, John Bale Book Company
  • Atneciv Rodriguez, Waterbury resident and community activist 

Help Spread the Word!

We need your help letting people know about this new grant opportunity. Click here to download a flyer that can be shared with your networks. 


Ellen Carter, Community Leadership Director
203.753.1315 x 114

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