CCF: Grassroots Grants

Connecticut Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: New Haven County, Connecticut

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NOTE: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but are only reviewed in odd-numbered months.

Grassroots Grants


  • To support equitable efforts to revitalize communities, influence local systems and foster youth leadership.
  • To support a robust and collaborative network of multi-generational residents working together to achieve shared goals.

Priority Funding Areas

  • Community events that create and strengthen bonds between people
  • Organizing and advocacy to effect change at the neighborhood level
  • Voter engagement
  • Educational campaigns on how to engage local systems
  • Youth-led projects

Possible Projects

  • You and your local neighborhood association decide to host a block party for neighbors and residents to get to know each other and have a good time, for the purpose of community building. Funds can be used to create marketing materials, rent tents or hire a photographer to capture the event.
  • You and other parents work together to support more equitable access to educational services and programs for students in Waterbury. Grassroots grant funds can be used to rent meeting space, buy refreshments or create mailings to invite or educate others about the work.
  • You and your friends want to create a bipartisan website to share information about candidates in an upcoming local election, so the information is clear, accessible and provides ways to contact the candidates. Funds can be used to create the website, advertise or host candidate forums.
  • You and your classmates want to create a web series (e.g. a vlog) in which you discuss current events, share your viewpoints and invite local residents to engage in conversation. Funds can be used for a webcam, to create flyers or website content or to design branded items to distribute for free.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grant Eligibility
    • Grassroots grants are available to residents of Waterbury, Connecticut and to nonprofit organizations based in Waterbury
    • Applicants do not need to be a registered nonprofit to apply.
      • We partner with Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury to be the fiscal sponsor for applicants who are not 501(c)(3) organizations


  • Nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets over $150,000 are ineligible to apply.