Our grant process begins with a conversation. Before you call, the interactive tool below will help you determine if you meet our basic guidelines.
The Hartford Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and in some cases, to public agencies, when Foundation special projects are involved. In some instances a grant may be made through a fiscal agent.
As a community foundation, we only make grants that benefit residents in our funding region. If your organization is in Connecticut but does not serve our funding region, you can find the community foundation that serves your town through the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
The Foundation looks for organizations that have highly functioning governance structures in place. Here are some resources that can help support your efforts to use best practices:
The Hartford Foundation believes that having diverse viewpoints leads to richer perspectives and better understanding of the needs and solutions critical to serving a more diverse client population. We expect agencies that serve a broad spectrum of the population to have boards and staff that reflect that diversity. This is a critical factor to reviewing any grant request.
We encourage you to consider participating in Leadership Greater Hartford's Leaders on Board program, which can connect your organization with trained and committed individuals looking to serve on a board.
If you have questions or believe you are ready to begin the application process, please review our grantmaking process and then give us a call at 860-548-1888 to speak with Erika Frank, Community Investments Officer.