NWCTCF: Cycle Grants

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $4,000

Next deadline: Jan 31, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 30, 2020, Sep 30, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




To enrich the quality of life for residents of our 20-town service area in Connecticut’s Northwest corner through the generosity of fund holders. We seek to enrich the quality of life for residents of Northwest Connecticut by inspiring local philanthropy, convening stakeholders in community welfare, strengthening the regional nonprofits network and fostering collaborative funding partnerships. 

The Community Foundation awards grants to hundreds of nonprofits to support programs and services that improve our communities through arts and culture, civic and education, the environment, and health and human services. There are several different types of grants available through the Foundation.

Cycle Grants

Nonprofit organizations generally apply for funding to support a specific program or project.

Grants are designated as:

  • Small ($1,500 and under); or
  • Traditional (over $1,500).

In addition, application requests are grouped into three categories:

  • Program (funding a new program or an expansion of existing programs);
  • Furniture, fixtures or equipment;
  • Capital/renovation projects. 

When considering how much to request in traditional applications, be aware that the Foundation’s average grant amount is $4,000. It is not uncommon for a grant award to be lower than the amount requested. The amount awarded may be greater for major capital expenditures, significant new programs with a solid plan for long-term support, bold expansion of existing programs, or large capacity building efforts. 

Areas of Concentration

The Foundation has five areas of concentration:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Civic & Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social Services 

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


  • ​You must complete a Nonprofit Profile with the Community Foundation before applying for a grant. 
  • To qualify for a grant from the Foundation, an applicant must:
    • Qualify per the Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt organization.
      • Most grantees qualify under Section 501(c)(3), although there are other eligible nonprofits such as schools or governmental agencies, for certain projects.
      • Organizations may contact the Foundation to discuss eligibility;
    • Serve residents in one or more of the 20 towns within the Foundation’s service area:
      • Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted. 
    • Provide a service that meets one of the Foundation’s five focus areas of concentration
  • The Foundation is also interested in funding innovative projects and/or programs that promote collaboration among nonprofit organizations within its service area.


  • The Foundation will not contribute to a capital campaign once the building or other construction project is complete. 
  • The Foundation will not consider requests to fund the following:
    • Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against or show favoritism toward a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief;
    • Grants to schools for programs that would be included in the operating budget of most schools;
    • Grants to governmental agencies for programs that should be part of their operating budget;
    • Debt retirement;
    • Endowments or other reserve funds (with the exception of applications to the Edwards Community Endowment Project);
    • Membership or affiliation campaigns;
    • Grants that further political or religious doctrine;
    • Grants to individuals;
    • Individual medical procedures;
    • Grants requested for the purpose of re-granting;
    • Activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available (in general, no retroactive funding);
    • Staff positions for which long-term funding has not been established or planned.
  • Important Note Regarding Operating Expenses Allocated to Grant Requests: Allocations of operating overhead that are included in the project budget for the grant will be deducted, and not funded. The Foundation specifically supports expenses for programs, capital improvements, and capacity building to supplement the approved annual budget of the applicant and enhance the organization’s philanthropy.