Burlington Community Fund Grant

Main Street Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 6, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 13, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Hartford County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Potential applicants must contact the Director of Grants & Programs to discuss any ideas and applications. Applicants must call at least 7 days prior to the grant application deadline to discuss the proposed project and to determine eligibility.

Main Street Community Foundation welcomes grant requests from organizations that serve our geographic area, which includes Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, Connecticut.

Burlington Community Fund

The Burlington Community Fund was established in 2011 by a group of committed community leaders in Burlington who were interested in creating an additional resource for charitable projects and programs that would enhance the lives of Burlington residents. 

The Burlington Community Fund Advisory Committee recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.. 

Grant Guidelines

  • While some variation is possible because of the funds available for grant making, the main focus is in the following areas: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health, Human Services, and Youth Development. 
  • The Fund is looking to support nonprofits and organizations as they work to sustain and improve the delivery of services.
  • Each request must include stated outcomes and criteria by which they will be evaluated.
  • In general, grants are made for future, planned expenditures and not to cover operating deficits or previously incurred obligations. Salaries and operational expenses will only be considered as a part of the program or project for which funding is being requested. As stated above, the Burlington Community Fund is interested in many fields of community activity and favors programs that are designed to meet the needs of the community.
  • Grants for capital expenditures will be given consideration if the project is designed to directly benefit programs which meet the fund’s guidelines. The Burlington Community Fund at its sole discretion, may provide outright grants, challenge grants or grants which require matching funds.

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  • Grants are made for a charitable purpose and must serve the public to be a charitable expenditure. General Competitive Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations and 170(c)(1) public or governmental units serving the community of Burlington.
  • Either the organization or the program for which funding is requested must provide a service to the residents of Burlington.
    • Strong documentation must be provided from out-of-area agencies that serve individuals from the town, and such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 


  • An organization is not eligible for a grant from the Burlington Community Fund for more than two years in a row. The organization must wait one year before applying again.
  • Projects generally not funded by the Burlington Community Fund include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Operating/budgets deficits
    • Day-to-day operating expenses
    • Previously incurred obligations
    • Endowments, research, political and/or lobbying activities
    • Property repairs/maintenance
    • Loans and memorials
    • Replacement of governmental or other public funding
    • Fundraising events