FCCF Grants

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

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Next deadline: Aug 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Sep 30, 2020 (Full proposal), Feb 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry), Mar 31, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Youth Services Women & Girl Services Art & Culture Volunteerism & Philanthropy Poverty Alleviation & Services

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Fairfield County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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Note: All competitive grantmaking occurs during our spring and fall grant cycles. In most cases, grant requests may be submitted in either the spring or fall cycle with the following exceptions:

  • School year programs that serve the same cohort of children/youth for a school year must apply in the spring cycle
  • Proposals focused on the result “All Fairfield County women and girls reach their full potential” must apply in the spring cycle
  • Proposals focused on summer learning and summer enrichment programming must apply in a different fall cycle.

What We Fund

As a Fairfield County nonprofit, you are an essential partner in our mission to build and sustain a vital and prosperous community where all have the opportunity to participate and thrive.

Grantmaking priority areas

The Community Foundation has adopted Results Based AccountabilityTM as a framework for articulating and measuring the changes we hope to see for our county.

We award competitive grants to local nonprofits that are addressing our five result areas in Fairfield County:

  • All Fairfield County youth thrive by age 25
  • All Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe
  • All Fairfield County households are economically secure
  • Arts for everyone in Fairfield County
  • Fairfield County benefits from an effective nonprofit sector

Types of Grants

We award three types of competitive grants to Fairfield County nonprofits:

Program Support Grants

These grants are awarded for specific programs and services that contribute to one of our five result areas, and their corresponding strategies. The Community Foundation prioritizes requests from organizations that are results oriented and have capacity to measure/evaluate the impact of their work. Performance measures for program support requests focus on the impact of that program on the clients/customers served by the program.

Capacity Building Support Grants

Primarily for nonprofits previously funded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation whose work aligns with our five result areas. These grants are awarded to support specific projects intended to strengthen high-impact and/or high-potential Fairfield County nonprofits so they can achieve their goals more effectively and sustainability. Examples of capacity building requests include strategic planning support, performance measurement, executive transition planning, financial assessment and scenario planning, technology development, staff development, and board development. Performance measures for capacity building grantees focus on the impact of that project on the organization and its internal customers (staff, board, etc.).

General Operating Support Grants

General operating support grants are by invitation only.

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


  • We will consider requests from charitable organizations that are tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) organization and public charities under IRS Section 509 (a).
    • Organizations operating under a fiscal sponsor with tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) may also be considered.
  • We will only consider requests from organizations located within Fairfield County or that directly benefit residents of Fairfield County.
  • Nonprofits seeking a competitive grant from the Community Foundation must match one of our five result areas.


  • We will not consider requests from an organization that has an open competitive grant with the Foundation (meaning you have not submitted a final report).
  • Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will not consider requests to support religious or political causes, or to organizations organized for religious or political purposes.
  • We do not consider requests for capital campaigns or capital projects.
  • We will not consider requests for any of the following:
    • deficit financing
    • annual appeal
    • fundraising event
    • open space purchase
    • for-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools
    • or nonprofit endowment
  • We will not consider requests for a specific individual.