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Main Street Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 22, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 29, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, Litchfield County, New Haven County

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, Litchfield County, New Haven County Other eligible locations: United States

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Note: Interested organizations are required to contact the Foundation to discuss their submission at least 7 business days prior to 'full proposal' deadline above; this is indicated by the 'letter of inquiry' deadline above. 

Grants distributed from Main Street Community Foundation have made a positive difference for thousands of people throughout our area since the Foundation's establishment in 1995. While the majority of grants distributed each year benefit designated organizations for which the funds are established or are directed by individual donors, the Foundation administers a number of funds whereby grant awards are made through a competitive grant cycle.

While some variation is possible because of the funds available for grant making, the main focus is in the following areas: Community outreach, arts/culture, youth programs, sports field maintenance, animal welfare, education, health, human services and environment.

The Foundation is looking to support nonprofits and organizations as they work to sustain and improve the delivery of services in challenging times. Less emphasis will be placed on funding new programs unless it serves a documented unmet need.

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, Main Street Community Foundation 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 Main Street Community Foundation, at its sole discretion, may provide outright grants, challenge grants or grants which require matching funds.

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


  • To be eligible for funding in 2017 from several field of interest and unrestricted funds, organizations must meet the following criteria:
    • 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.
    • Either the organization or the program for which funding is requested, must provide a service to the residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and/or Wolcott.
      • Strong documentation must be provided from out-of-area agencies that individuals from the town are served, and such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • The Statement of Non-Discrimination Policy must be signed.
    • Repeat requests from agencies are certainly welcome.
      • If an agency’s request for funding is approved two cycles in a row, the agency is asked to wait one year before submitting another request for funding.
    • Follow up reports from all previous grants must have been completed and returned to Main Street Community Foundation. If they have not, the organization will not be eligible for funding.


  • Preference is given to an organization if the program/project:
    • Responds to changing or emerging need of the community;
    • Leverages or generates other funding or resources;
    • Promotes collaboration among nonprofit agencies without duplication of efforts; and/or
    • Enhances an existing program to encourage sustainability


  • Projects not generally funded by the Foundation include, but are not limited to: 
    • 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
  • Grants are not available to individuals except through the scholarship program.
  • Religiously affiliated or supported organizations may solicit grants for secular projects; however, grants for religious activities will not be entertained.