Foundation / Corporation
Petit Family Foundation (PFF)
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 and grants starting at $15,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations to assist victims of violence, individuals affected by chronic illnesses, and for educating the youth, especially women in the sciences. Most grants are made to Connecticut organizations, thought out-of-state requests may be filled if the request fits the mission of the Foundation. Priority is given to programs in New England.
Due to extremely high volume of grant requests, when the grant’s dollars requested of the PFF reaches 200% of the Foundation's budget, the submission process will close for the remainder of 2018.
The Petit Foundation is pleased to support local communities and does so by funding two different types of grants:
- General Operating and Project Support Grants are the vast majority of the Foundation's awards and tend to be in the $2500 to $15,000 range. Most of the funds are used for the core operations of organizations, supplies, or projects.
- A Signature Grant must be considered by The Grant Committee and the entire Board of Directors and may be considered for multiple years, usually in the funding request range of $15,000-100,000. A Signature Grant must meet the existing grant criteria and impact a larger number of people. Some examples are the Foundation’s partnerships with the Health Lodge Channel 3 Kids Camp and Women in Science initiative at the CT Science Center. Due to existing multi-year signature grant commitments, no additional signature grants can be considered.
During the review process the PFF Grants Committee puts a significant focus on the following criteria:
- Mission Alignment with Petit Family Foundation’s mission and goals.
- Financial and Programmatic Capacity: Successful applicants will show evidence that they are stable, and their program plans give us confidence their work will be sustained beyond the Foundation's funding.
- Leadership: Successful applicants will have strong leadership that is collaborative and knowledgeable about the community and the field in which they operate.
- Measurable Results: The Foundation places a high priority on organizations that are able to clearly articulate organizational goals, present a clear plan for achieving results and track outcomes and impact on the people and communities served.
The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and supplies and tend to avoid paying for salary or benefits as the Foundation cannot guarantee ongoing funding.
GrantWatch ID#: 155190
General Operating and Project Support Grants are the vast majority of awards and tend to be in the $2,500 to $15,000 range.
A Signature Grant is usually in the funding request range of $15,000 to $100,000.
A Signature Grant may be considered for multiple years.
Due to the high volume of grant requests, the Petit Family Foundation gives local New England based nonprofit programs priority in the Foundation's funding determinations.
The Foundation currently funds programs/projects rather than individuals. The Board of Directors believes this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the dollars expended.
Please note, Signature Grants are not being made at this time.
Spring Grant Timeline:
- Grants Submission Period: January 1, 2018 – April 2, 2018
- Grants Submission Deadline: By Noon Monday, April 2, 2018
- Grants Decisions and Notifications Deadline: By Monday, April 30, 2018
Grant Request Forms are attached below or available by mail from the Petit Family Foundation. Applications must be typewritten.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Jayme Ierna, Chair of the Grants Committee.
Petit Family Foundation
PO Box 310
Plainville, CT 06062