Community Response Grants

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Next deadline: Feb 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jul 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Aug 1, 2020 (Full proposal), Jan 1, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Hartford County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: We do not have specific deadlines for Letters of Intent, they are accepted at any time and generally, we will respond to one within two weeks of receipt. Grant application deadlines for those invited to apply for funding after an LOI has been reviewed are the "full proposal" deadlines above.. If you wish to coordinate submission of your Letter of Intent with any of these dates, we recommend submitting a Letter of Intent at least two weeks before a grant application deadline.

Type of Investments

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain makes two types of investments from unrestricted and field of interest funds:

Improving Lives and Conditions: We invest in programs and services that improve the quality of life for the citizens of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

Investing in Organizations: We invest in projects/programs that help organizations deliver valuable services to the community more effectively or that strengthen the ability of an organization to achieve its mission. This type of proposal might include, but is not limited to:

  • Staff development – training and professional development that helps staff to deliver services more effectively.
  • Strategic, fundraising or other plans and direction-setting – We support both planning and implementation of plans.
  • Technology and equipment - The purchase of equipment or technology upgrades will be considered, but only as a component of a comprehensive program to move to a needed level of organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Community Response Grants 

The Foundation invests in organizations with Community Response grants across a broad range of fields including arts, culture & heritage, community and economic development, education, and health and human services. Collaborations and cooperation among local organizations for the betterment of the region are encouraged. Interest areas for Community Response grants are outlined below:

Arts, Culture & Heritage

We believe that when the Foundation supports arts, culture and heritage programs, we enhance the quality of life for all residents in those communities and invest in the long-term economic vitality and well being of the Greater New Britain area. Proposals designed to achieve the following results are encouraged:

  • Strengthen the organizational capability of our area’s arts, cultural & heritage organizations in order to increase effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and successful contributions to the economic vitality of the communities they serve
  • Collaborations between or among arts organizations as well as projects/programs which promote regionalization of the arts

Community and Economic Development

We believe that supporting community and economic development efforts adds to the strength and stability of neighborhoods and the citizens that live within them. Proposals designed to achieve the following results are encouraged:

  • Address transportation issues within and between communities that improve the quality of life for citizens
  • Help citizens access and maintain safe and affordable housing
  • Address homelessness by helping those at risk to become employed or secure housing
  • Develop employment skills/ training needed to attain and maintain employment


We believe that having a quality education fosters success in life. The Foundation is interested in making learning accessible to students of all ages and reducing the achievement gap. Education proposals designed to achieve the following results are encouraged:

  • Foster school-community partnerships that demonstrate measurable improvement on student academic achievement, attendance, or which address summer learning loss in order to ensure student success and keep students engaged in school
  • Improve literacy skills among adults so they can become active and contributing members of their community
  • School initiated enrichment programs that provide learning opportunities for youth outside of the school day. (See the “Grants for Programs in Schools” and “School System Requests” bullets under the Limitations and Restrictions section for additional information.

Health and Human Services

We believe that having access to services that help maintain or improve health or which help citizens to access basic human services are fundamental to the quality of life. Proposals designed to achieve the following results are encouraged:

  • Increase use and availability of resources and access to services that address basic human services that are fundamental to the quality of life
  • Improve access to mental health/counseling services and create supportive communities for those facing mental health issues and their families
  • Help senior citizens to maintain their independence through access to services and/or resources, transportation, education, and housing

First Years First Initiative

A CFGNB priority area is early childhood development. As part of its role as a proactive community leader, the Community Foundation created the First Years First Initiative in 2005 to prepare the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington for success in school and in life by enhancing their early childhood development experience. The First Years First Initiative goals aim to:

  • Increase school readiness of young children so they are prepared for kindergarten;
  • Increase the number and funding of Family Resource Centers (FRC) in each school district;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for the early care and education work force to improve quality in the classroom.

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  • We make grants to non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or that are a qualified entity eligible to receive grants from community foundations under the IRS Code.
  • We will consider funding a grassroots group, if it has a governing body and a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status. 
  • Geographic area: Community Foundation grants are available to nonprofit organizations that provide services in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.
    • Organizations that seek funding to provide services in these four communities but which are headquartered elsewhere must both
      • collaborate with local agencies in program delivery and
      • have a local partner in submitting the application.
  • Operating Grants: The Foundation may invest in an organization with an operating grant to strengthen an organization and/or make possible an expansion of the critical services it provides.
    • Organizations selected for this type of grant must have a strong track record, be financially stable and improve the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and/or Southington.
  • Capital Grants: As an investor, we view every capital grant application in terms of the ways in which the improvement sought can enhance the ability to achieve stronger results for the population served.
    • We are, therefore, less focused on the new or revamped space to be created or the new computers or van to be purchased. They are the means, not the end. We want to know how they will be used to increase efficiency or effectiveness in the organization.
    • Additional guidelines for capital campaign requests are here


  • Community partnerships and collaborations:
    • The Foundation is interested in supporting collaboration and cooperation among local organizations for the betterment of the region.
    • Therefore, projects or programs that involve more than one organization or town are encouraged.
  • Leveraging Foundation support: Grant proposals that leverage foundation support and exhibit diversification of funding sources are more likely to receive funding.
  • Program budgets that are detailed and comprehensive are vital to any program planning and should underlie any request.
  • Sustainability: Projects with a realistic sustainability plan for continuation beyond the grant period are more likely to receive funding. The financial health of the application agency will also be considered.


  • Generally, the Foundation does not make grants for*:
    • Sectarian or religion-based activities
    • Previously incurred expenses
    • Annual or endowment campaigns
    • Sponsorships or fundraisers
    • Performances or one-time events
    • Conferences
    • Advertising
    • Political activities
    • Direct support of individuals
    • Camperships or scholarships for academic or enrichment programs
  • *Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis