HFPG Regular Grants

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

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Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

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

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Since 1925, thousands of donors have entrusted their funds to us to distribute to projects, organizations and collaborations that show promise of substantial and sustainable community benefit. 

Our understanding of the community’s needs is shaped by specific requests from nonprofits and by our broad assessment of regional priorities. This means that our grantmaking is both responsive to changing community needs and opportunities, and addresses major issues that affect the well being of the entire Greater Hartford region.

Furthermore, we have seen that equal distribution of resources will not result in equal outcomes. Significant disparities exist in Greater Hartford by race, ethnicity and income. Our grantmaking is guided by this recognition and will prioritize the people and places with the greatest need so that all residents have equitable supports to achieve and flourish.

About 65% of our grantmaking responds to requests for funding from nonprofits. We support a variety of broad-based areas that reflect the diverse needs and interests of our region, such as:

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Family and social services
  • Health
  • Housing and economic development 

The remaining 35% of funding targets priority areas. These are areas in which the Foundation commits significant resources over an extended period of time to meet important community needs. 

Priority Areas

For nearly a century, the Hartford Foundation has collaborated with donors at every level, and nonprofits and community leaders from every sector. Now, more than ever, relationships and partnerships drive our strategies, processes and efforts.

Our grantmaking is responsive to ever-changing community needs and opportunities. Throughout our history, we have closely examined and convened the community around its most pressing issues.

We envision a future where all residents have equitable opportunity to thrive and contribute to the wellbeing of our region.

Our three-year strategic plan focuses our resources and relationships on advancing:

Vibrant Communities

GOAL: All of our region’s residents should have the opportunity to live in and contribute to strong, safe and vibrant communities.

This includes supporting and advancing efforts such as:

Learn more about how we aim to develop vibrant communities.

Learning: From Birth through College

GOAL: All of our region’s children should be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and prepared to succeed when they graduate from high school.

This includes supporting and advancing efforts such as:

Learn more about how we’re building the conditions for success in school and life.

Family Economic Security

GOAL: All of our region’s residents should have access to clear pathways to employment and career advancement that lead to economic security for their families.

This includes supporting and advancing efforts such as:

Learn more about how we are trying to help residents with the greatest need obtain a living wage.

Furthermore, because significant disparities exist in Greater Hartford by race, ethnicity and income, we must prioritize the people and places with the greatest need, providing them better access to high-quality opportunities.

In order to achieve enduring social change, our community’s efforts and investments must be well informed, integrated and collaborative.

The Foundation is intensifying efforts to build, join and support strong collaborations, and to forge creative, cross-cutting approaches.

Collaborating with our communities, we will employ the following key strategies:

  • Build, Sustain and Share Knowledge
  • Engage in Public Policy
  • Inspire Philanthropy and Steward Resources
  • Invest in the Region

Regular Grants

An organization may be eligible to apply for one regular grant every three years, selecting its highest priority from one of the following grant types:

Grant Types

Program/Project

Grants that support new programs, demonstration projects, studies, or surveys that do not commit the Foundation to recurring costs. These grants provide funding for one to three years and may also be used to enhance, expand or strengthen existing programs, services and organizational capacity. 

Continuation

Additional funding provided at the end of a grant to help an organization reach project outcomes that were not met within the original schedule. Continuation grants can last up to two years and are only for projects that meet certain criteria, such as those that address high-priority community issues. 

Capital Grants

Grants supporting capital improvements, such as building purchase, construction or renovation, or capital equipment purchase. The Foundation generally supports a capital or building campaign once. 

General Operating Support 

Grants that support an organization’s ongoing activities and stability, as outlined in its strategic plan. Funding can be used at the organization’s discretion. These grants are an option for organizations with budgets over $200,000. Eligibility is highly competitive, and organizations must be in sound financial condition.

Size of Grants

The Foundation encourages applicants to have conversations with program staff about an appropriate request amount prior to submitting an application. Applicants should request an amount that meets the needs of the project and at a level that is consistent with the organization’s capacity and in alignment with other anticipated or received support. Foundation staff and board members carefully consider each application and may award an amount different than that requested by an applicant. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits to apply.
  • A significant portion of your organization's services must benefit residents of the Hartford Foundation's 29-town region.
    • Proposals for statewide projects may be considered when there is a substantial benefit to residents in our funding region. In these cases, the Foundation’s support would be in proportion to the anticipated benefit for residents of the Capitol Region.
  • Your organization must operate under best practices for governance. (Do you have a board that meets regularly? Do they provide financial oversight of the organization's resources?)
  • Your board of directors and staff must be representative of the racial/ethnic diversity of the region you serve.
  • In general, organizations that have received a regular grant must wait three years from the date of the award before they are eligible to receive another regular grant. This policy is known as the “Three-Year Rule.”
  • The Foundation will support overhead costs that can reasonably be allocated to the proposed project. For example, the Foundation may fund a portion of the project’s indirect costs, such as staff development, fundraising, or general occupancy. 
    • For most project grants, such indirect costs will not be funded at more than 25 percent of the proposed project’s total cost.
    • For capital grants, an appropriate portion of indirect costs will be considered on a case-by-case basis to reflect reasonable expenses associated with completing the proposed capital project.
  • While the Foundation has ventured into the public policy arena and has registered as a lobbyist, it has intentionally decided to limit the scope to areas of priority and expertise. While the Foundation may fund administrative lobbying, as defined by Connecticut law, it will only do so on issues that advance the Foundation’s priority areas. These activities may include convening, conducting or funding research and analysis, and collaborative advocacy. The Foundation continues not to fund legislative lobbying and does not support or oppose candidates for public office or make expenditures related to election ballots.

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation does not make grants to:
    • Support sectarian or religious activities
    • Support the operations of independent schools
    • Support a program at a single school
    • Individuals
    • Private foundations
    • Endowments or memorials
    • Support direct or grass-roots lobbying efforts
    • Support conferences, research, or informational activities on topics that are primarily national or international in perspective
    • Federal, state, or municipal agencies or departments supported by taxation except in selected cases when Foundation initiatives or special projects are involved.
    • Support sponsorship of one-time events, except in selected cases when Foundation initiatives or special projects are involved
    • Support liquidation of obligations previously incurred