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Please note: The BCF has completed its grant cycle ahead of schedule this year. The next deadline for applications is December 31, 2017.

 

Grant Making Process
The mission of the Branford Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter, for the purpose of preserving and promoting the quality of life in Branford, Connecticut, now and for generations to come.

We fulfill our mission by building and maintaining a charitable endowment and making prudent grants that serve to address the ever-changing needs of the Branford community. Through the gracious giving of donors who are committed to our mission, we fund worthy programs that promote the quality of life in Branford.

Grant awards typically range from $500 to $5,000. Larger requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Timetable for Competitive Grants
The Branford Community Foundation offers a quarterly competitive grant cycle. Grant applications are due on the following deadlines:

  • March 31st
  • June 30th
  • December 31st

Please note: The BCF has completed its grant cycle ahead of schedule this year. The next deadline for applications is December 31, 2017.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to lpetra@branfordcommunityfoundation.org with backup sent to PO Box 462, Branford, Connecticut 06405.

Grant Review Process
The Community Investment Committee of the Branford Community Foundation is charged with reviewing the applications and making recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors. Applicants will be informed regarding the status of their application within 30 days of the application deadline.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Liza Janssen Petra by email at lpetra@branfordcommunityfoundation.org or by phone (203) 444-4898 with questions about the grant guidelines or application process prior to submitting a grant.

Important Information

  • Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the Branford community.
  • Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide a positive impact on Branford within the focus areas identified below.
  • Grant awards cannot be used retroactively to pay costs for programs or services that have occurred in the past.
  • Applications from previous grantees are welcome; continued funding will be considered by the Community Investment Committee, but is not guaranteed.

What the Branford Community Foundation Funds
The Branford Community Foundation seeks grants that enhance the quality of life in Branford. Grant applications should address a need within the focus area and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community, or persons served.

Applications should include some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

BCF will not award grants to:

  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Lobbying
  • Individuals
  • Political organizations and campaigns

Focus Areas and Impact
The Board of Directors looks to fund organizations and projects that strengthen and improve Branford in the following focus areas:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage Enhancement
  • Human Services / Housing
  • Youth, Family and Senior services

Your Responsibilities if you are awarded a grant:
The Branford Community Foundation requires from the grantees a follow-up report within six months of the completion of the project, including the following:

  • Financial disclosures of how the grant was spent, and
  • Progress made in relation to the original stated objectives.

In addition, the Branford Community Foundation expects to be recognized in all of your related press releases and publicity and reserves the right to audit the financial disclosures of the Grantee.

Sponsorship & Scholarship Information

Sponsorship requests should be addressed separately to lpetra@branfordcommunityfoundation.org. Sponsorship requests are reviewed by the Board’s Development Committee on a rolling basis as funding permits.

Scholarship requests are reviewed and recommended by the Branford High School Guidance office. Questions may be addressed to (203) 315-6730.


• Click here to download an Application Form (PDF).