Below is a list of questions and answers about eligibilty criteria, types of grants available, grant application processes and more.
If you still have questions after reviewing the information below, contact Denise Canning at email@example.com or (203) 777-7076.
You must be defined as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) or any applicable statute of the Internal Revenue code.
While grants are occasionally made to governmental agencies, local nonprofits receive priority. Requests will be considered from groups that do not have tax-exemption status, provided that they have a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status. In projects involving a partnership of agencies, a single agency with the appropriate tax status and financial management capacity must assume the role of lead organization. Individuals are not eligible for grants but can be eligible for academic scholarships.
An applicant does not have to have a nonprofit status to be eligible to receive a grant from the New Haven Neighborhood Leadership and/or Valley Community grant processes. These grant opportunities are intended to help neighborhood residents, parents, and youth enhance their leadership and organizing skills and move their civic agenda forward; you may be eligible to apply for a grant if you are:
Municipalities, agencies with five or more employees, and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for a grant under the New Haven Neighborhood Leadership Grants Program.
You must adhere to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of:
Read The Community Foundation's Anti-Discrimination Policy
Requests for capital projects (building, equipment, vehicles, and other depreciable items) will be evaluated as to their ability to enable the organization to more significantly serve its constituency.
The Foundation offers multiple funding opportunities that require an application process throughout the year. Criteria and deadlines vary. Please view our Grants You Can Apply For page to review these funding opportunities. Distributions from permanent unrestricted and preference funds, Community Foundation initiatives and some donor advised funds make grants under this category possible.
Scholarships administered by The Community Foundation are determined by committee.
Resources from designated and most donor advised funds are distributed directly to organizations specified by the donor and are not open to an application process.
There is a Non-profit Philanthropic Resource Center(NPRC) at the New Haven Free Public Library. NPRC is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, which is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy. NPRC is located on the first floor of the Main Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven and is open during regular library hours. No appointment is necessary, but if you would like to arrange for an orientation of reources or instruction on one of the databases, please call 203.946.7431 or email Seth Godfrey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another good resource for both individuals and organizations is the Foundation Center. It does not provide funding, but it is well equipped to provide online resources to help grantseekers identify appropriate funders and develop targeted proposals. Visit its Web site to find a location near you.