NewAlliance Foundation Grant

New Alliance Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Dec 2, 2020 2:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: May 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Environmental Stewardship Food Security Environmental Education Literacy After School /Summer Educational Programs Economic Services & Development Community Health Education Academic Success & Enrichment Environmental Conservation Affordable Housing Homeownership Basic Human Needs Career/College Preparation Art Education Preventative Healthcare Health Care Access & Delivery Community/Public Safety Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, Tolland County, Windham County

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Program Areas

The NewAlliance Foundation provides support to the not-for-profit community in four key areas: the arts, community development, health & human services, and youth & education. 


The arts inspire our dreams, enrich our lives and create bonds that bring us together as neighbors and friends. We support organizations that meet high standards of artistic merit and community involvement.

Our three funding priorities in the arts are:

  • Organizations that inspire artistic expression in all forms and bring culture to audiences throughout our communities.
  • Organizations reaching out to underserved populations in the community and/or making meaningful efforts to expand participation in arts programming and attendance.
  • Programs and initiatives that utilize the arts as an effective tool to improve academic performance, improve educational outcomes, effectively stimulate creativity and/or improve literacy.

Community Development

The cities and towns where we live and work are vibrant places, but sometimes our neighborhoods need a helping hand. We support organizations that address the vitality, economic health and the well-being of every sector of the community we share.

Our three funding priorities in community development are:

  • Organizations enabling people to become economically self-sufficient through the development of job readiness skills, employment preparedness, and literacy improvement.
  • Organizations effecting community stability through economic development initiatives, environmental stewardship and protection, and food security for all.
  • Programs and initiatives that support and encourage affordable housing and/or, expand home ownership opportunities, leading to safe, economically viable neighborhoods.

Health & Human Services

Often those who are the most vulnerable are at risk because of poor health, lack of shelter or food, or because they are children. We support organizations that provide direct assistance to those with the greatest need and provide early intervention for troubled children.

Our three funding priorities in health and human services are:

  • Organizations providing for the most basic of human needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and medical care to those in need.
  • Organizations providing preventative and intervention services to children.
  • Programs and initiatives that address health literacy and the ability to understand and use health-related information to navigate the health-care system.

Youth & Education 

We strive to protect and enrich our children and believe every child is entitled to quality education. We support organizations that inspire and encourage youth to succeed and that directly impact outcomes in educational success.

Our three funding priorities in youth and education are:

  • Organizations working to close the achievement gap in education.
  • Organizations providing after school or summer programming which extends learning opportunities and improves academic success.
  • Programs and initiatives that expand educational opportunities to help students acquire the core math, science, literary and technology skills needed to prepare them to join the workforce of the future and compete successfully.

Types of Grants

General Operating Support

We will consider unrestricted general operating requests from organizations that:

  • Deliver effective programs in response to community needs;
  • Are financially stable;
  • Receive and provide strong leadership.

Program Support

We will consider requests to support programs that are highly effective and innovative and do not duplicate other programs or services.


We will consider, on a limited basis, an event sponsorship request designed to raise funds to support an activity or program directly related to an organization’s mission or purpose. Contact us in advance of submitting a request for sponsorship support to discuss your event. Please check our Funding Calendar to plan properly for deadlines and Foundation board meetings.

Capital Campaigns

We will consider requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria. Capital requests include: brick and mortar activities; equipment expenditures; facility construction; capital improvements.

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


  • We encourage eligible organizations to apply for NewAlliance Foundation support which primarily serve residents in one or more of the 44 communities we serve and which are tax exempt under IRS code section 501(c)3 or are a municipal entity.
  • We limit organizations to one grant application per calendar year, based on the year in which our March and September board meetings meet.
  • We will consider funding up to 10% of an organization’s annual operating budget or $25,000 maximum.
    • The percentage is based on an organization’s total cash income for the last completed fiscal year. It does not include the assigned value of in-kind contributions.
  • We will consider funding up to 40% of budget expenses for the program or project for which support is sought; therefore support from other funding partners is required.
    • The “10% grant guideline” remains in effect, regardless of program or project size.
  • We will only accept applications from organizations with at least 12 months of 501(c)3 non-profit incorporation as designated by the Internal Revenue Service and who demonstrate a mature budget, show additional community support, and have a track record of effective programming.


  • We do not consider applications from fiduciary or fiscal agents acting on behalf of organizations who do not have IRS confirmed non-profit status.
    • Exceptions will be made only in the case the fiduciary is a community foundation.
  • We do not fund the start-up of new programs in our service area by organizations located outside our service area.
  • NewAlliance Foundation does not make grants to the following types of applicants:
    • individuals
    • for-profit organizations
    • religious institutions, except for non-sectarian programs benefiting the community-at-large
    • service clubs, fraternal organizations or third parties raising funds for a charity
    • Parent Teacher Organizations or associations
    • state agencies, departments and commissions
    • organizations raising money to re-grant funds to specific causes
    • organizations raising money for specific diseases
  • NewAlliance Foundation does not make grants to support the following:
    • projects taking place in areas not listed under Communities We Serve
    • political activities, including lobbying expenses or other activities influencing the outcome of the legislative or electoral process
    • interest expenses paid on loans or payment to eliminate or reduce existing deficits
    • feasibility studies
    • trips, tours, transportation costs or conference attendance
    • golf tournaments
    • requests from individual schools for specific in-school programs
    • animal causes
    • team sponsorships or individual sports people
    • “a-thon” fundraising events
    • pageants