Nonprofit Organizations: Applying for a Grant from NCCF

Do you work or volunteer for a nonprofit organization that impacts New Canaan and our residents? Do your efforts have a significant impact on the quality of life in our community? Do you need grant funding to assist your organization in achieving your goals?

We might be able to help.

The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt organizations that serve New Canaan residents or have significant positive impact on the quality of life in our community. The Community Foundation does not support expenses already incurred or make grants to build endowments. The Foundation considers both operating and capital requests from nonprofits.

All nonprofits are strongly encouraged to call the Foundation in advance of submitting a proposal to review their specific intentions to seek a grant.

Grant guidelines vary for each funding program:

  • Applications for our Annual Main Grant Funding Cycle are due in February. Nonprofits providing community services that impact New Canaan are encouraged to apply. Both operating costs and capital expenses are eligible for grant funding. Average grant awards are between $5,000 to $10,000.  Go to our Publications page to view the current main cyle grant guidelines and application documents.
  • Young Philanthropist Fund grant applications are due in January and should address the specific area selected by program participants as the current funding focus. Go to our Publications page to view the current Young Philanthropists Program grant guidelines and application documents.
  • Nonprofits can request grant support for their clients who are New Canaan residents from our Touch A Life program.  Grants are made to help residents with emergency financial need by paying for the essential expenses. Payments are made directly to the vendor rather than to the individual resident. Guidelines for these grants and a referral form are available. Grants typically do not exceed $500.

Emergency grants may be made to organizations at other times of the year, in special circumstances. For more information, please call us at 203-966-0231.

All nonprofit organizations considering applying to the Foundation for grant support are encouraged to review the specifics of their program and potential funding opportunities with our staff.