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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits for Community
Impact Programs and to Strengthen Capacity

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Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF)

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and public charities in eligible regions for community impact programs and to strengthen capacity. Funding is intended for programs, projects, and services that serve the following target populations: youth between the ages of 16 and 25, women and girls, and immigrants. Projects must benefit citizens of Fairfield County.

Nonprofits seeking a competitive grant from the Community Foundation must match one of the following key result areas:

- All Fairfield County students graduate with a high school degree and are prepared for post-secondary education and employment.
- All Fairfield County older youth and young adults have training and credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities.
- All Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe.
- All Fairfield County residents have safe, stable, healthy and affordable housing in communities of opportunity.

For additional information about the key result areas please see:

The Foundation awards two types of competitive grants to Fairfield County nonprofits.

Program Support Grants:
These grants are awarded for specific programs and services that contribute to one of the key result areas, and their corresponding strategies. The Community Foundation prioritizes requests from organizations that are results oriented and have capacity to measure/evaluate the impact of their work. Performance measures for program support requests focus on the impact of that program on the clients/customers served by the program.

Capacity Building Support Grants:
Primarily for nonprofits previously funded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation whose work aligns with the key result areas. These grants are awarded to support specific projects intended to strengthen high-impact and/or high-potential Fairfield County nonprofits so they can achieve their goals more effectively and sustainability. Examples of capacity building requests include strategic planning support, performance measurement, executive transition planning, financial assessment and scenario planning, technology development, staff development, and board development. Performance measures for capacity building grantees focus on the impact of that project on the organization and its internal customers (staff, board, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172666

Term of Contract:

Spring Cycle Grant term: July 1st – June 30th
Fall Cycle Grant term: January 1st – December 31st

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will consider requests from charitable organizations that are tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) organization and public charities under IRS Section 509 (a). Organizations operating under a fiscal sponsor with tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) may also be considered.

The Foundation will only consider requests from organizations located within Fairfield County or that directly benefit residents of Fairfield County.


The Foundation will not consider requests from an organization that has an open competitive grant with the Foundation (meaning the applicant has not submitted a final report).

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will not consider requests to support religious or political causes, or to organizations organized for religious or political purposes.

The Foundation does not consider requests for capital campaigns or capital projects.

The Foundation will not consider requests for any of the following:

- Deficit financing
- Annual appeal
- Fundraising event
- Open space purchase
- For-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools
- Nonprofit endowment

The Foundation will not consider requests for a specific individual.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for grant process:

Spring grant cycle:
- LOIs submitted between January 15 – February 15
- Invitations to apply in early March
- Applications due at the end of March
- Decisions reached in early June
- Grant term: July 1st – June 30th
- Reports due: January 15th (interim) and July 15th (final)

Fall grant cycle:
- LOIs submitted between July 15 – August 15
- Invitations to apply in early September
- Applications are due end of September
- Decisions reached in early January
- Grant term: January 1st – December 31st
- Reports due: July 15th (interim) and January 15th (final)

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) begins with a required quiz to determine the applicant's basic eligibility. Nonprofits may only submit one LOI in any given cycle.

An invitation to submit one full application is at the discretion of program directors. If the proposed project meets the Community Foundation’s priorities, the applicant will be invited to submit a full grant application online. An invitation does not in any way guarantee a grant award.

Grant Cycles:
All competitive grantmaking occurs during the Foundation's spring and fall grant cycles. In most cases, grant requests may be submitted in either the spring or fall cycle with the following exceptions:
- School year programs that serve the same cohort of children and youth for a school year must apply in the spring cycle
- Proposals focused on the result “All Fairfield County women and girls reach their full potential” must apply in the spring cycle

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Contact Information:

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

LOI submission:

Sharon Jones, Program Assistant

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
40 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: (203) 750.3200
Fax: (203) 750.3232

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