Guilford Foundation Competitive Grant

Guilford Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Health & Medicine Senior Services Education Environment Historic Preservation Family Services Youth Services Human & Social Services Real Estate & Housing Visual Arts Artist Training & Development Community Culture & Heritage Media Arts Art History Performing Arts Public / Community Art Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: TGF will extend its 2020 competitive grant making application deadline to May 1, 2020 and will re-prioritize its 2020 grant review process toward addressing the impact of the COVID-19 virus.


The mission of the Guilford Foundation is to “connect people who care with causes that matter to them,” to enrich the quality of life in Guilford, CT now and for generations to come.

We fulfill our mission by building and maintaining a charitable endowment and making prudent grants that serve to address the ever-changing needs of the Guilford community.  Larger requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Guilford Foundation seeks grants that enhance the quality of life in Guilford. Grant applications should address a need within the focus area and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community, or persons served.

Applications should include some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

Focus Areas and Impact

The Guilford Foundation looks to fund organizations and projects that strengthen and improve Guilford in the following focus areas:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage Enhancement
  • Human Services, Health, Housing
  • Youth & Family
  • Seniors

The Guilford Foundation holds several “field of interest” funds, including funds dedicated to youth, veterans or active military, the environment, and design/build efforts. During the application review process, the Board works to match applications with corresponding fields of interest funds.

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


  • Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the Guilford community.
  • Grants will be awarded to organizations that positively impact Guilford within the focus areas identified.
  • Applications from previous grantees are welcome; continued funding will be considered by the Community Investment Committee, but is not guaranteed.


  • Grant awards cannot be used retroactively to pay costs for programs or services that have occurred in the past.
  • The Guilford Foundation will not normally award grants to:
    • Debt reduction
    • Endowments
    • Individuals
    • Lobbying
    • Political organizations and campaigns
    • Replace government funding sources