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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Support During the Coronavirus Health Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/30/21 Midnight Receipt


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies in eligible locations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding may be used for operating expenses, capital purchases, and programs that comply with physical distancing restrictions. Funding is intended to benefit the communities of Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.

In 2021, the cycle grants will continue to prioritize requests centered on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your organization and those you serve. Eligible requests include unrestricted operating support, program support, the purchase of furniture/fixtures/equipment, and in limited circumstances construction/renovation (e.g., creating isolation/quarantine spaces, improvements to ventilation, etc.)

Support is available for operating expenses, programs that can operate remotely to comply with current physical distancing restrictions, and technology/equipment needed to facilitate remote work for employees or to serve clients remotely, and other COVID-19 related needs. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179778

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are designated as small ($1,500 and under); and traditional (over $1,500). the Foundation’s average grant amount is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards must be expended within nine months of the approval date, or a grant extension request must be submitted and approved. In very rare circumstances, the Foundation will approve a multi-year grant, which will have its own payment schedule and documentation requirements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a grant from the Foundation, an applicant must:
- Qualify per the Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt organization. Most grantees qualify under Section 501(c)(3), although there are other eligible nonprofits such as schools or governmental agencies, for certain projects. Organizations may contact the Foundation to discuss eligibility;
- Serve residents in one or more of the 20 towns within the Foundation’s service area.

The Foundation will not consider requests to fund the following:
- Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against or show favoritism toward a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief;
- Grants to schools for programs that would be included in the operating budget of most schools;
- Grants to governmental agencies for programs that should be part of their operating budget;
- Debt retirement;
- Endowments or other reserve funds (with the exception of applications to the Edwards Community Endowment Project);
- Membership or affiliation campaigns;
- Grants that further political or religious doctrine;
- Grants to individuals;
- Individual medical procedures;
- Grants requested for the purpose of re-granting;
- Activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available (in general, no retroactive funding);
- Staff positions for which long-term funding has not been established or planned.

Allocations of operating overhead that are included in the project budget for the grant will be deducted, and not funded.

The Foundation will not contribute to a capital campaign once the building or other construction project is complete.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Dates:
- January 31st
- April 30th
- September 30th

Approximate Decision Dates:
- March 31st
- June 30th
- November 30th

All complete applications that are received by the due date are considered for funding. Applications must be submitted online by midnight on the due date.

Funding decisions are made approximately two months after the application due dates. The intervening time is spent carefully reviewing each proposal in order to make the most effective use of available grant funds. During the review period, the applicant will likely be contacted by the Grants & Program Director for additional information or clarifications.

Grantees should allow up to three weeks for the receipt of their grant checks. (Note: Payment requests received after December 15 will be processed in January.)

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

If you have questions, please contact Julie Scharnberg at (860) 626-1245, ext. 113 or

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
PO Box 1144
33 East Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Foundation serves the following communities: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury (Lakeville), Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.

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