Regional Impact Grants: Southeast General Grants

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

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

Next anticipated deadline: Dec 14, 2019 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 14, 2020 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. 


Through donor funds with this geographic focus, these grants are designed to benefit the residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford. Grants generally be awarded to support programs directed toward two of our community impact priority areas. 

The Community Foundation makes grants to support the work and improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations that serve communities in Eastern CT.

Most grants will align with the following priority impact areas of the Foundation's strategic plan: 

Empower Youth 

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. 

To that end, the Foundation will consider proposals that: 

  • Expand quality early childhood education and intervention services 
  • 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

Promote Basic Needs and Rights 

Ensure that the region's residents have access to social and health services, healthy nutrition, stable housing, job training and education and arts and culture. 

To that end, the Foundation will consider proposals that: 

  • 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 
  • Promote healthy relationships and address domestic violence 
  • Utilize arts and culture experiences to educate and improve overall quality of life

Preserve the Environment 

Foster understanding of and promote action on the relationship between the health of the natural world and the health and well-being of our residents. 

To that end, the Foundation will consider proposals that: 

  • Preserve and protect environmentally significant land, waterways and wildlife habitats for the benefit of the ecosystem and for the well-being, health, livelihood and enjoyment of residents; 
  • Engage youth in environmental education and activities in natural settings as they learn to become good stewards of their environment; 
  • Make the connection between mental and physical health and exposure to the natural world.

Advance Animal Welfare 

Ensure adequate protection, care and humane treatment of animals and wildlife. 

To that end, the Foundation will consider proposals that: 

  • Provide assistance for veterinary care for domestic animals and/or wildlife, especially spay and neuter services. 
  • Encourage responsible pet ownership and adoptions of abandoned animals. 
  • Rehabilitate wildlife for return to natural habitats. 
  • Make positive connections between humans and animals (e.g., therapeutic riding programs, canine literacy buddies, inmate rehabilitation, etc.).

What We Will Fund 

Grant making in these areas will not exclusively address these desired outcomes, but the Foundation will look for opportunities to contribute to problem solving in these areas and to strengthen the systems that address these issues in our region.

Grants will be awarded for existing programs, new initiatives, or special projects that address one or more of the objectives listed under the priority impact areas above.

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


  • 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. 
  • 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 will be given to programs that: 
    • Are collaborative in nature and are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches 
    • Serve lower income communities 
    • Include specific and measurable outcomes and effect 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.