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Parameters of Competitive Funding

Due to limited competitive grant funds, the Foundation's Program Committee generally gives lower priority to requests for ongoing operating support.

We can fund priority projects for more than one year (via two-year grants). The multi-year grant option is not appropriate for all proposals or applicants. In these cases, the grantee may be eligible to apply for a renewal grant in the project’s second year. However, grant support for more than one year is contingent on annual review of progress and available grant funds.

After two consecutive years of Foundation competitive grant support, a mandatory one-year hiatus takes effect before an organization can reapply.

The Foundation doesn't consider grant requests from organizations that have not fulfilled reporting requirements on past Foundation grants.

The Foundation's competitive funds are available to benefit Fairfield County. Requests from nonprofits outside Fairfield County will only be considered if there is a clear, significant benefit to Fairfield County residents or organizations and if there are no similar organizations already in existence in Fairfield County providing a similar service.

Competitive funds are not used to provide support for religious or political purposes; deficit financing; annual appeals; fundraising events; open space purchases; for-profit, parochial, charter, private, or individual public schools; or nonprofit endowments. Capital requests that are only directly related to a priority program area may be considered. Grants are not given to individuals. Requests for funds to re-grant are generally not considered.

The Foundation's Board of Directors has approved a non-discrimination policy: the Foundation supports and will consider grant requests from organizations that provide employment, volunteer opportunities and services for people regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition (except for occupational qualifications), disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. Only organizations in compliance with this policy are eligible to apply to the Foundation for funding.

Foundation grants are made to 501(c)(3) organizations with current I.R.S. documentation.

Contact Us

Email Sharon Jones, Program Assistant, or call her at 203.750.3219 with questions or for more information.