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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies
to Benefit Seniors in Eligible Locations

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Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) - East Hill Woods Fund

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities for programs and services that improve the quality of life of older adults in eligible areas. Funding is intended to help adults remain engaged, healthy, and informed, and to help local communities prepare for the aging of the population. Eligible programs benefit residents in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The program offers Pathway grants and mini-grants, as well as grants for Town Conversations on Aging.

Grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life for older adults typically fall into one of these general categories:

  • Healthy aging
  • Connecting with information, benefits and resources
  • Aging successfully and safely in the community
  • Education, arts, and creative expression
  • Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors): A citywide collaboration
  • Engaging older adults in addressing community needs
  • Intergenerational projects

Possible Projects:

  • Develop core programs and adopt best practices that connect older adults with benefits, services, and opportunities; assist with chores, home maintenance, and home safety; enhance health and fitness; and build age-friendly communities that promote civic engagement and full participation for all ages.
  • Hold a Town Conversation on Aging, open to the public, to discuss services, resources, and opportunities for older adults in the town, identify needs and gaps, and prioritize action steps for the next several years.  
  • Connect more people over age 65+ to their libraries through Lifelong Libraries grants. Program possibilities include health, wellness, education, arts, creative expression, technology, financial security, intergenerational, and more.
  • Collaborative programs that enhance services in a cost-effective manner are prioritized. Examples include a fitness program that rotates among towns and the development of a coordinated transportation system.

A portion of the fund is also designated to train and educate future managers of senior living communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153994

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Older Adults Pathway Grants: Over $3,000
- Pathways mini-grants: Up to $3,000
- Town Conversations on Aging: $2,000

Term of Contract:

Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time. If interested in pursuing multi-year funding, simply submit an initial request for one year. In the following year, you may request continued funding through the Foundation’s online grant. application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
- Must be a nonprofit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes.
- Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Located within and/or providing services to residents of the Foundation's 21-town service area (see Geographic Focus below).
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.

Ineligible for Funding:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, the Foundation may consider support for equipment if it is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request)
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit

Pre-Application Information:

- February 15, 2021
- October 15, 2021

Proposals are accepted twice annually.

The grant review and decision process last approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

Applicants for Town Conversations on Aging should submit their questionnaires via email.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, please contact:
Francesca Evangelista, Program Officer | 203.753.1315, x106

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: The 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

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