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Building Equitable Opportunity

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Locations for Programs that Promote Social Justice

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Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF)

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities in eligible locations to promote social justice and reduce inequities. Funding is intended to encourage equitable opportunities and to address educational, geographic, racial, sexual, and economic disparities that exist in the area. Eligible applicants serve the 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

The Foundation's approach focuses on:

  • Supporting programs, advocacy, and system change efforts that build equitable pathways out of poverty and to economic mobility
  • Promoting access to quality culturally responsive education, especially focused on Waterbury where there are significant disparities by race and income
  • Supporting the development of jobs and career pathways with livable wages
  • Promoting opportunities to build assets for BIPOC families that have been left behind in traditional banking systems
  • Targeting education interventions that support BIPOC students and include youth and parent voice in decision-making

Supported efforts include:

  • Increasing collaboration between school systems and preschools to align readiness, support kindergarten transition, and focus on parent voice
  • Evidence-based initiatives that improve the quality of the pre-k and K-12 experience for Black and Latinx, low-income, and children with disabilities (examples include: RULER, Circle of Security, Restorative Justice Practices)
  • Interventions that address disproportionate minority contact in in pre-K-12 education and expand access to pathways to college
  • Programs that substantially build the long-term assets and economic resiliency/mobility of residents (such as financial education and planning, job and skills training, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193755

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average amount is between $5,000 and $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor if they do not have their own nonprofit status.
- Have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually. Learn more, confirm registration, or file for an exemption.

Not funded:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit

Pre-Application Information:

Building Equitable Opportunity grant proposals are accepted twice annually.

- February 15, 2021
- October 15, 2021


Grantmaking overview:


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Josh Carey, Director of Grants Management,
203.753.1315, x108

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

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