Norwich Youth Grants

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $15,000

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 22, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New London County, Connecticut

Location of residency: Preferred: New London County, Connecticut Other eligible locations: United States

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The Community Foundation recently completed an 18-month strategic planning process to identify our priorities for the next few years. As a result of community input, focus groups, expert opinions, and knowledge we have gained from our nonprofit partners, the Foundation will actively bring resources to and engage in partnerships in four priority areas. (Read more about the Strategic Plan)

The Norwich Youth Grants will continue to support youth development programs and services for economically and socially disadvantaged Norwich youth, to help fill the gap in services/programs left by the closing of the YMCA of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich. The Community Foundation is able to offer this grant opportunity due to the generous legacy gifts of Grace & Lewis Sears and Jeannette Frisbie.

This grant cycle aligns most closely the Community Foundation’s priority to empower youth, one of four community impact areas identified in the strategic plan. The Foundation will consider proposals that ensure that our youth live in a safe and supportive environment, and have access to high quality and emotionally, intellectually, culturally and environmentally rich learning opportunities.

Priority given to programs that:

  • Expand quality early childhood education and intervention supports
  • Support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth & caring adults
  • Support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth
  • Enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts and culture, especially for those that use experiential learning
  • Support post-secondary education access and job readiness

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


  • Eligible applicants include 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, other municipal or governmental agencies or organizations using a nonprofit fiscal agent.


  • Preference will be given to programs that:
    • Are collaborative in nature and are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches.
    • Include specific and measurable outcomes and affect positive change over the long term.
  • Priority preference will be given to Norwich-based organizations. 


  • The Foundation will not make grants to individuals or for routine operating expenses, capital campaigns, litigation, deficit funding, endowment campaigns, for-profit organizations or religious programming.

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