The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) is seeking applications for its Norwich Youth Grants to 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.
Priority is given to programs that empower youth:
- Enhance the quality of early childhood education and intervention services;
- Support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and caring adults;
- Support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth;
- Enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts and culture, especially for those that use experiential learning;
- Support post-secondary education access and job readiness;
- Support youth-led social change and elevate the voices of youth in program planning.
Grantmaking will not exclusively address these desired outcomes, but the Foundation will look for opportunities to contribute to problem-solving and strengthening the systems that address these issues for Norwich youth.
- Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of up to $15,000.
- Few grants are made at the maximum amount.
What CFECT will Fund?
Preference is given to programs that:
- Are offered by Norwich-based organizations;
- Seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
- Incorporate the voices of youth and their families in planning;
- Are collaborative in nature and are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
- Include specific and measurable outcomes and affect positive change over the long term.
- Applicants generally must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. We do not make grants to individuals or to for-profit endeavours.
- Applicants must serve one or more of the 42 communities in Eastern Connecticut.
- The program does not provide funding for capital or endowment campaigns, litigation costs, religious programming, endowment campaigns, and deficit funding or debt retirement. The program does not typically make grants for special events.
- Applicants may not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, marital status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state and/or local laws.
- Grant reports must be received before a new grant award is made.
For more information, visit https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant/Apply-for-Our-Norwich-Youth-Fund-Grants