United Bank Foundation Connecticut - Under $5,000

United Bank Foundation of Connecticut

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Hartford County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County

Location of residency: United States

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United Bank Foundation Connecticut

The Foundation changed its name in 2014 to the United Bank Foundation Connecticut following strategic merger of Rockville Bank and United Bank.

The United Bank Foundation Connecticut and the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and families in the communities served by United Bank. Special consideration is given to organizations and programs which promote and support community development and benefit disadvantaged or low to moderate income individuals and families in the areas of:

  • Affordable Housing: Programs that provide access to housing for families and individuals by providing credit counseling/credit repair or financial literacy education.  
  • Community Service: Investments in health care, education, job training, work-force development, childcare, credit services or financial services.  
  • Economic Development: Programs that support or benefit small businesses, small farms and job creation efforts.  
  • Neighborhood Revitalization or stabilization: Programs which attract or retain business or individuals to low to moderate income geographies distressed or underserved areas (as designated by the federal, state, local or tribal governments) or disaster areas. 

Additional areas of interest that are important to us:

  • Education--Initiatives at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels that raise the aspirations of students in the Community, support early literacy as well as initiatives that support the education process.  
  • Health and Human Services--Programs that are essential to the underlying medical care of the Community. Initiatives that focus on physical and mental wellness and provide access to the services needed for economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Youth Programs-- Programs that assist in improving the quality of life for children in the Community or programs that foster education, learning and leadership as well as build early literacy skills. 
  • Cultural Programs-- Programs that assist in enriching the quality of life for residents of the Community by cultivating an appreciation of the art, music, museums, libraries, and other cultural resources. 

Grants under $5,000

Grant requests under $5,000 will be reviewed monthly. If your request is time sensitive please submit 60 days prior to the date funds are needed to ensure we have adequate time to review and respond to your request.

Grant Criteria

The Foundation will consider supporting projects and initiatives that meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • are directly related to the Foundation’s priorities and areas of interest stated above
  • include a strategy for leveraging other resources and support from the region
  • produce cost-effective results that can be measured and evaluated
  • provide incentive and stimulation for the private and public sectors to work together in community problem solving 
  • encourage coordination and collaboration with other efforts
  • advance innovative and long term strategies that will address recognized needs
  • demonstrate an ability to be sustainable or to obtain future funding if needed 

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


  • Applicants must be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non- profit or have “public charity” status or its equivalent. 
  • Applicants must be located in or provide service in a community served by United Bank.
  • In some cases, site visits will be scheduled before funding decisions are made.
  • The Foundation will generally consider requests for support from organizations every other year (for example if you receive funds in 2014 we will not review a proposal from your organization in 2015). 


  • Priority is given to:
    • Organizations and programs whose mission benefits disadvantaged and/or low to moderate income individuals and families
    • Organizations and programs that have United Bank employee or customer involvement


  • Organizations receiving funds from the United Bank sponsorship program are not eligible to apply for a grant from United Bank Foundation MA or United Bank Foundation CT in the same calendar year.
  • The Foundation will not consider multiple requests to support the same program from the same organization in consecutive years. 
  • The Foundations do not support the following types of organizations and requests even if an applicant
  • meets all other eligibility and grant-making criteria above:
    • Fraternal, labor and political organizations
    • Lobbying groups
    • Individuals
    • Staff costs/salaries/benefits or internship stipends 
    • National health organizations (MA only)
    • Religious organizations (MA only)
    • Requests made by city/state departments or quasi-government (city or state) agencies for capital projects (MA only)