Responsive Grants

Responsive Grants: General Operating and Capital Project 

Special Announcement for Grantseekers:

Good news! Improvements have been made to our 2020 Responsive Grants process to shorten the length of time from when you apply to when you are notified. We've also made some other changes designed to make it easier for you to apply. A note of importance: the application process for General Operating Support and Capital Project Support will have an earlier due date of February 27, 2020.

Grantseeker Information Webinar participation is strongly encouraged, even for experienced Grant applicants. The webinar will share information about all the grant processes of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation.

For All Responsive Grant Applicants

Nonprofits demonstrating strong management and a good track record of accomplishments will be given priority consideration to receive a Responsive grant. Refer to The Community Foundation's Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management [PDF, 219KB].

General Operating Support (GOS) 

General Operating Support is defined as a grant made to further the general mission and work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project. General Operating Support gives nonprofits flexibility to direct their spending where it is needed most and allows greater focus on achieving an organization’s mission.

ELIGIBLITY 

  • Applicants must be incorporated for at least five years.
  • Applicants must have received a responsive grant from either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation.
  • Applicants must have a published giveGreater.org® profile.
  • An organization cannot apply if it has a current GOS grant that ends later than October 2020

Additional documents needed to complete your application: 

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Aleady started an application? Click here to access your saved application. 

Capital Project

For capital projects such as building repairs, renovations, acquisitions, or equipment purchases.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be incorporated for at least five years.
  • Applicants must have received a Responsive Grant from either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation.
  • Applicants must have a published giveGreater.org® profile.

Additional documents needed to complete your application: 

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Aleady started an application? Click here to access your saved application. 

Small Grants

If your organization is not eligible for the above grants and is in need of capacity building support in the amount of $7,500 or less, click here for information about our Year-Round Small Grants program.


2020 Process Overview

The responsive grants application process is open to all requests for organizational support and projects that serve our twenty-town region

During the first phase applications are reviewed by staff and community reviewers under grant staff guidance. Reviewers are recruited from the region across gender, age, ethnicity and background and may include past grantees, donors, representatives from area funders, subject matter experts, volunteers from our Neighborhood Leadership Program and New Haven Healthy Start Program and other community representatives.  

Each confidential application is reviewed by three people; a scoring metric (see samples below) is used to create a common framework from which decisions to move applications forward are made, and an average of all three scores determines an application’s overall score. Final decisions as to which applications move forward to the second stage are made by the Board with staff recommendations. After the first phase review, applicants are either moved forward to the second stage or denied. 

In the second stage, professional reviewers and staff analyze each application; analysis includes a site visit, document review and interviews with the applicant. Staff presents analysis and recommendations to the Board for discussion and a final decision. Notification of award or denial is sent by July. Upon notification of awards, grant recipients are asked to sign an agreement delineating the terms of condition of the grant and payment plan.

Staff is available throughout the process to provide guidance and feedback to applicants.

 

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