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Education & Youth Development Grants

We believe that education is at the center of a thriving region.  We support efforts which combine academic rigor, skills development, quality youth development practices and foundational support as a means to fully prepare and engage Fairfield County children and youth - both within and outside of school hours.

There are 100,000 young people ages 16-24 in Fairfield County who face unemployment rates up to 49%. The Fairfield County Community Foundation is additionally mobilizing community partners to address our region’s skills, achievement and opportunity gaps through innovative and holistic practices. Our vision is to have Fairfield County residents on a clear path to independence by age 24.

In addition to funding traditional program models of education and youth development, we will consider funding practices in Higher Education, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education and/or Specialized Certificate Training, and Entrepreneurship Training. 


Program Support – For specific programs and services aligned with one of our six focus areas, and their corresponding priorities and goals.

General Operating Support – Only for nonprofits previously funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Your organization should demonstrate strong results and articulate how this support will contribute to the quality, quantity, sustainability and/or responsiveness of your organization’s services and/or programming.

Capacity Building Support – Only for nonprofits previously funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation. This support aims to strengthen high impact and/or high potential Fairfield County nonprofits so you can achieve your goals more effectively and sustainably.

Click here for information on how to apply for a grant.


Email Sharon Jones, Program Administrative Assistant, at sjones@fccfoundation.org or call her at 203.750.3219 with questions or for more information.

recent GRANTS

All Stars Project, Inc., Bridgeport - $25,000 to support this national youth development organization’s new site in Bridgeport.

Audubon Connecticut, Bridgeport - $24,905 to support the Audubon Wildlife Guards Program

Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Stamford - $31,400 to support the Summer Fun Camp Program and Be Great, Graduate after school program

Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders, Bridgeport - $15,000 to support their after school program

Bruce Museum, Greenwich - $15,000
to support youth education programs

Goodwin College- $10,000
to support the Yancy Forum Educational Leadership Program for principals in Fairfield County

George Washington Carver Foundation, Norwalk - $45,000
to support the Summer Enrichment Program and the Norwalk High School Freshman Summer Academy

Bridgeport YMCA, Bridgeport$444.00 to support the summer camp program serving South End children and youth

Central High School, Cultural Enrichment Club, Bridgeport - $2,000 to support Central High School students’ trip to Europe in Spring 2014

Community Centers, Inc., Greenwich - $18,000 to support the summer learning program

Connecticut Audubon Society, Regional -  $20,000 to support field-based outdoor environmental education programs targeting 80 Fairfield County elementary school classrooms

Connecticut Association for the Gifted, Regional - $10,000 to support their public awareness campaign in Fairfield County

Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport - $20,000 to support teen conservation education programming

Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations, Weston - $2,500 to support technology infrastructure for this consortium of nonprofit education foundations in Connecticut

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Hartford - $25,000 to support the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

Creative Youth Productions, Bridgeport - $25,000 to support this youth theater arts organization in Bridgeport

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford -- $10,000 to support the after school science program at Cloonan Middle School in Stamford

Danbury Youth Services, Danbury - $35,000 to support the youth development programs

Domus, Stamford - $20,000 to support the Chester Addison Community Center’s summer program

Grantmakers for Education, Portland – $1,000 to support the mission of this affinity organization for foundations focused on education

Fairfield Follies Foundation, Fairfield - $1,000 to support this inter-town youth theater arts organization

Family & Children’s Agency, Norwalk - $20,000 to support the summer learning program for middle school youth

Future 5, Stamford - $10,000 to support their College Preparation Program

Horizons Student Enrichment Program at New Canaan Country Day - $20,000 to support the Summer 2014 program.

Horizons Student Enrichment Program at Greens Farm Academy - $20,000 to support the Summer 2014 program.

Horizons Student Enrichment Program at Sacred Heart University - $20,000 to support the Summer 2014 program.

Jobs for the Future, Boston - $43,000 to support the STEM Early College Expansion with the Bridgeport Public Schools

Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut and Southwestern Connecticut - $20,000 to support implementation of their financial/career readiness programs in 26 classrooms in Bridgeport and Norwalk

McGivney Community Center, Bridgeport$20,000 to support the summer day camp serving children on the East Side of Bridgeport

Mount Aery Development Corporation, Bridgeport - $10,000 to support the MAAFA production in Bridgeport

Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Bridgeport - $15,000 to support Camp Hart, a summer camp for students with disabilities and their peers

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fairfield County - $35,000 to support NFTE youth entrepreneurship education programs in Fairfield County

Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk - $2,000 to support the Classroom Innovation Grants Program for Norwalk Public Schools teachers

Norwalk Housing Foundation, Norwalk - $12,000 to support the Youth Summer Literacy Program

Regional YMCA of Western CT, Danbury - $20,000 to support summer camp scholarships for Greater Danbury families

RYASAP, Bridgeport - $35,000 to support a new program serving Bridgeport youth at risk for gang involvement, the Street Safe Mentoring Program.  This program is based on a Boston model, Street Safe Boston.

South End Community Center, Stratford - $15,000 to support summer camp scholarships for Stratford families

Stamford Achieves, Stamford - $20,000 to support summer enrichment partnerships with Stamford community centers

Stamford Public Education Foundation, Stamford - $25,000 to support college and career readiness programs

Stamford YMCA, Stamford - $25,000 to support the after school program for middle school students and pool renovation project

Stamford Youth Services Bureau, Stamford - $15,000 to support the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk - $30,000 to Norwalk ACTS, a cradle-to-career collective impact initiative in Norwalk

University of Connecticut, Stamford - $20,000 to support scholarships for Fairfield County students to attend a three-week residential mentoring program in STEM subjects at UConn-Storrs

Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Stamford - $15,000 to support the Urban Youth Empowerment Program

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, Bridgeport & Fairfield - $45,000 to support staff and curriculum development for summer learning programs at the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse on the West Side of Bridgeport, as well as after school program expenses at both the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse and McKinley School in Fairfield

Westport Maker Faire, c/o Remarkable STEAM, Westport - $2,000 to support the April 2014 Maker Faire in Westport

Youth Transition Funders Group, New York - $500.00 to support this national affinity group for foundations interested in successful youth transitions, for vulnerable youth ages 16-25