Community Grantmaking - New Haven, CT

Carolyn Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2019 9:59pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2020 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: Preferred: New Haven County, Connecticut Other eligible locations: United States

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The Carolyn Foundation

Our Vision

To improve the lives of children/families, communities and the environment through the involvement of successive generations of the family of Carolyn McKnight Christian.

Our Mission

To support programs and initiatives that effect positive change now and in the future.

Our Values

  • Compassion and Reason: We will seek to bring both compassion and reason to bear in working with those we serve.
  • Concern for Community: We value the importance and character of communities and frequently work as a partner for effective solutions to community problems.
  • Making a Difference: We work to make a significant difference with our emphasis in addressing root causes and effecting long-term systemic change.
  • Inclusion: We affirm and value the diversity in our communities and our family including but not limited to: race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation/identity, faith and family structures.
  • Civility: We are committed to civil discourse and will act with respect, even in the face of opposing views

Community Granting Priorities - New Haven, CT

Economically Disadvantaged Children and Youth

We seek to empower economically disadvantaged children and youth by supporting their families and others to inspire, nurture, educate and guide them to achieve long-term stability and well-being.

We believe that all children and families have a collection of strengths and assets that they can use to build positive lives for themselves. However many families’ economic circumstances severely limit their access to information and the range of opportunities for their children. This is a gap that the Carolyn Foundation can help address. Therefore, as we review proposals we carefully look at the populations being served and focus our efforts on those with significant economic challenges typically as indicated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch. We will seek programs that respectfully support these young people and their families.

We will do this by funding programs that:

  • Enable children and youth to be successful in school.
  • Provide access to resources to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Assist children and youth to develop positive relationships with adults, life skills and positive decision-making.
  • Support families’ ability to nurture and support their children.
  • Provide direct access to quality arts and creative expression.

Community Vitality

We seek to enhance the vitality of New Haven, Connecticut through programs such as arts, civic and cultural organizations that build a shared understanding and commitment to our community. 

We believe that the quality of life for all people is improved by having a diverse and vibrant cultural community that nurtures and challenges its members to be the very best they can be as engaged and respectful community members. This category does not include social service programs. The types of programs we have funded in the past have included:

  • Programs/activities that bring together diverse communities.
  • Programs that make community resources more accessible and inviting to diverse audiences.
  • Programs that spotlight and share the arts, culture and heritage of community residents.
  • Activities that support and empower active community engagement.

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


  • Due to the current demand on our limited resources, we have narrowly focused our grant making in the city of New Haven excluding suburbs. The exceptions to that are rare and would typically be either a one-of-a-kind organization that very uniquely serves the entire region or organizations that have offices outside the city but primarily serve the residents of New Haven.


  • Grant funds received from Carolyn Foundation used to pay indirect costs may not exceed 10% of the total grant amount.