Regional Impact Grants: Southeast General Grants

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 13, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: New London County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: If you are a new applicant to the Foundation, or would like to discuss a new program idea, you are required to speak with the program department, or submit a program description of up to two pages before the "letter of Inquiry" deadline. 

Priority Areas

Grants generally support programs directed toward two of our community impact priority areas:

Programs that empower youth:

  • enhance quality early childhood education and intervention services;
  • support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and 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 those that use experiential learning;
  • support post-secondary education access and job readiness;
  • support youth-led social change and elevate the voices of youth in program planning.

And programs that promote basic needs and rights:

  • promote individual and family economic security;
  • increase food security and access to nutritious food;
  • decrease homelessness through programs that promote diversion and intervention;
  • improve access to healthcare and human services, especially in communities of color;
  • promote healthy relationships and address domestic violence;
  • utilize arts and culture experiences to educate and improve overall quality of life.

What We Will Fund 

Grants must be for the benefit of residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford.

We will also consider:

  • grants for existing programs, new initiatives or special projects; 
  • a limited number of public policy and general operating grants, made by invitation only;
  • capacity-building grants (please call to discuss);
  • a limited number of multiyear grants if the applicant can demonstrate impact.
  • (Note: A new policy for three-year grants requires taking a fourth year off from funding.)

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


  • These grants are designed through donor intent to benefit the residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford.
  • Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS or organizations using a nonprofit fiscal agent; municipal or governmental agencies; and other charitable organizations


  • Preference is given to programs that:
    • are collaborative in nature; 
    • are regional in scope;
    • promote systems change;
    • are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
    • serve lower-income communities;
    • seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
    • incorporate the voices of clients, consumers and youth in planning;
    • include specific, measurable outcomes; and
    • affect positive change over the long term.


  • Grants will not support individuals, routine operating expenses, capital campaigns, litigation, deficit funding, endowment campaigns, for-profit organizations or religious programming.
  • Funding will not be considered for projects that are typically supported by public funds.