Year-Round Small Grants

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Fairfield County, New Haven County

Location of residency: Counties in Connecticut: Fairfield County, New Haven County

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NOTE: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Community Foundation is changing the priorities of our Small Grants process and will consider program or capacity building requests that are directly related to the COVID-19 crisis.  

Year-Round Small Grants

A program such as providing a service virtually or capacity building needs such as hiring a consultant to help with assessing your budget or purchasing technology to enable virtual programming or allowing staff to work remotely may be typical examples. Request must be for needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The average size of a Year-Round Small Grant is between $3,000 and $5,000.

Requests considered for funding through this process include:

  • Access for Small Organizations: Defined as assistance for small non-profit organizations that would not normally be competitive in the responsive grant process. 
  • Time-sensitive: Defined as needs which require a quick response from The Community Foundation that can make a significant difference in the outcome of a project.
  • Project Support: Defined as a grant made for a specific new or existing project.
  • Capacity Building Support: Defined as a grant for short term financial assistance to build the infrastructure of an organization for long term success. Requests for capacity building include but are not limited to board development, strategic planning, evaluation and capital expenditures including equipment and technology, building renovations or relocation.

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


  • This small grant process cannot consider requests for operating support to replace lost revenue as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on an organization.
  • As always, organizations with operating budgets of $2 million or less are eligible to receive a grant of up to $7,500 provided through this process.
    • However we are suspending the rule that organizations cannot apply two successive years.
    • Therefore, if your organization received a grant in 2019, it may apply again this year for a request that fits into the grant priorities stated above.
  • You must be a tax-exempt organization
    • All applicants must be defined as tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or any applicable statute of the Internal Revenue code.
    • While grants are occasionally made to governmental agencies, local nonprofits receive priority.
    • Requests will be considered from groups that do not have tax-exemption status, provided that they have a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status.
    • In projects involving a partnership of agencies, a single agency with the appropriate tax status and financial management capacity must assume the role of lead organization.
  • You must provide services within our 20 town area:
    • Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, North Branford, North Haven, West Haven, Oxford, New Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Orange, Woodbridge
  • You must adhere to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of:
    • age
    • sex
    • religion
    • national origin
    • sexual preference
    • in all aspects of organizational operations including hiring, leadership and service provision.


  • No organization shall be eligible to receive a grant under this process more often than once in any period of two calendar years. 
  • Individuals are not eligible for grants 
  • Projects that do not generally receive consideration
    • religious activities
    • endowment campaigns
    • lobbying
    • travel
    • previously incurred debts
    • funding deficits