The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) is seeking applications for its Southeast General Grants that are designed through donor intent 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 community impact priority areas:
- 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 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.
- And programs that promote basic needs and rights:
- Promote individual and family economic security;
- Increase food security and access to nutritious food;
- Decrease homelessness through programs that promote diversion and intervention;
- Improve access to healthcare and human services, especially in communities of colour;
- Promote healthy relationships and address domestic violence;
- Utilize arts and culture experiences to educate and improve the overall quality of life.
- Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $5,000 to $30,000.
- Most awards are in the $10,000-15,000 range.
What CFECT will Fund?
- Grants must be for the benefit of residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford.
- Preference is given to programs that:
- Are collaborative in nature;
- Are regional in scope;
- Promote systems change;
- Are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
- Serve lower-income communities;
- Seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
- Incorporate the voices of clients, consumers and youth in planning;
- Include specific, measurable outcomes; and
- Affect positive change over the long term.
- Will also consider:
- Grants for existing programs, new initiatives or special projects;
- Public policy and general operating grants;
- Capacity-building grants (please call to discuss);
- A limited number of multiyear grants (please call to discuss in advance of submission).
- Note: Their policy for three-year grants requires taking a fourth year off from funding.
- Applicants generally must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. They 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, 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.
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