You must be a tax-exempt organization

While each grant process has its own criteria, all applicants must be defined as tax-exempt organizations 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 except for participants in the New Haven Neighborhood Leadership Program and applicants to academic scholarships.

You must provide services within our 20 town area:

  • Ansonia
  • Bethany
  • Branford
  • Cheshire
  • Derby
  • East Haven
  • North Branford
  • North Haven
  • West Haven
  • Oxford
  • New Haven
  • Guilford
  • Hamden
  • Madison
  • Milford
  • Seymour
  • Shelton
  • Wallingford
  • Orange
  • Woodbridge

You must adhere to a policy of non-discrimination [PDF] on the basis of:

  • age
  • sex
  • religion
  • national origin
  • sexual preference
  • in all aspects of organizational operations including hiring, leadership and service provision.

Projects that do not generally receive consideration

  • religious activities
  • endowment campaigns
  • lobbying
  • travel
  • previously incurred debts
  • funding deficits

Grants available for capital campaigns are limited

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. Typically, The Foundation awards only one large capital grant per year.

Most grants are made for one to three years. The Foundation doesn't provide permanent funding for projects. Most grants are made with continuing support contingent upon availability of support and progress towards stated outcomes. There are times, however, when requests for longer-term funding are considered and supported, in accordance with The Community Foundation's strategic goal to put community assets on solid ground.