Grants for the Quinnipiac River

Grants Supporting the Quinnipiac River

The deadline to submit a 2018 application is January, 22.

Contamination of the Quinnipiac River was once so great that it prompted the first pollution control measure in Connecticut and the eventual creation of the first sewage treatment plant in the State. It was also the subject of a lawsuit against the Upjohn Company concerning wastewater discharges from Upjohn's plant in North Haven. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement in 1990 that created the Quinnipiac River Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, making the River the first in the state of Connecticut to have an endowment at a community foundation that generates income to protect it and its surrounding environment. The Committee considers grant proposals that address one or more of the following:

  1. Research what pollutants are in the Quinnipiac River
  2. Research methods of reducing pollution, or otherwise improving the Quinnipiac River's environmental health
  3. Address means of reducing both non-point and point sources of pollution to the River
  4. Researching the permitting process, researching particular permits, and making recommendations as to findings 
  5. Study the ecology of the Quinnipiac River and the New Haven Harbor
  6. Provide public education about the Quinnipiac River and its watershed
  7. Purchase land on the Quinnipiac River for conservation purposes, or to reduce pollution and improve public access to the River.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2018 grant cycle has passed. Check back in December for next year's application. 

For more information, contact Denise Canning at or 203-777-7076. 

Past Grant Recipients

Visit for information about past grant recipients. The website was created in 2012 and features a searchable database of approximately 200 projects made possible with grants from the Quinnipiac River Fund.  A small sample of those include: a survey of contaminants in the River; the creation of a River canoe guide; educational workshops for municipalities of how to protect the river, the creation of a GIS system database; and reducing pesticide uses in towns that abut the River. The site also includes information on where to canoe or hike along the River, tips for river-friendly lawn care and safe fish consumption and information on the River's history. 


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