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.
TYPES OF GRANTS
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.
Three-Year Renewable Program Support - Nonprofits previously funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, primarily serving 16-24 year olds and with a method of measuring program impact over time, are eligible for three-year renewable program support. Three-year renewable grant requests will only be considered in the spring 2015 grant cycle.
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Email Sharon Jones, Program Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 203.750.3219 with questions or for more information.
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