About Our Grantmaking - Strengthening Nonprofits - The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

About Our Grantmaking

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven grants and distributes more than $20 million annually, made possible through the generosity of thousands of donors over three generations.

How we do it

Competitive Grantmaking

The Foundation uses unrestricted and preference funds to respond to community needs in Greater New Haven. This flexible funding supports several different competitive grant programs offered throughout the year, ranging in size from small grants and sponsorships to larger multi-year commitments. 

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Noncompetitive Grantmaking

Donor advised, designated and organization funds name specific nonprofits as beneficiaries and are not open to a competitive application process. Distributions of grants to nonprofits profiled on giveGreater.org® are similarly determined by donors and may include additional Foundation funds designed to incentivize giving during community challenges, such as The Great Give®.

Learn more about creating a fund.

What we look for

Review the following guidelines before applying: 


Reporting forms and instructions for existing grant and scholarship recipients are found here.

Grant Stories

Read about the impactful work being done by some of our grantees. 

Recent Grants

2017 Grants Awarded

Community Foundation Grants Provide Support Amid 2017's Unprecedented Challenges (November 20, 2017)

2016 Grants Awarded

State Budget Cuts Deliver a Wallop to Local Nonprofits: Community Foundation Awards $2.3 Million to Help (December 19, 2016)

Community Foundation Expands and Extends Commitment to New Haven Promise with $1.3 Million Grant (September 19, 2016)

A full list of 2016 grants and distributions by alphabetical order is available in the 2016 Report to Our Community

2015 Grants Awarded

A list of 2015 grants and distributions by alphabetical order is available in the 2015 Report to Our Community

2014 Grants Awarded

View a list of 2014 grants by alphabetical order [PDF, 5.56MB]

2014 Responsive grants

2013 Grants Awarded

View a list of 2013 grants by alphabetical order [PDF, 423KB]

View a list of 2013 grants by issue area [PDF, 193KB]

2012 Grants Awarded

View a complete list of 2012 grants [PDF, 502KB]

2011 Grants Awarded

View a list of 2011 grants [PDF, 597KB]

2010 Grants Awarded

View a list of 2010 grants [PDF, 790KB]

2009 Grants Awarded

View a list of 2010 grants [PDF, 3288KB]

The Great Give is On: May 1-2, 2018

The 36-hour online fundraising event unites donors with nonprofits serving Greater New Haven in a fun and engaging way. Read More »

90 Years of Being There “From The Start”

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its founding, The Community Foundation is proud to present a series called “From the Start” — a history of investing in good ideas and talented people. Read More »


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New Haven, CT 06510



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