In 2019, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Andover. In 2022, the Hartford Foundation added an additional $50,000.
The purpose of the Greater Together Community Funds program is to:
- support the community in taking ownership around the needs in their towns
- encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement and
- anchor the Hartford Foundation in each town.
The purpose of the Andover Greater Together Community Fund is to:
- learn about needs and opportunities in town;
- decide on priorities for funding to meet those needs;
- recommend grants to be made from the funds set aside by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving;
- provide awareness to Andover residents of community needs and opportunities; and
- inspire continuing growth in philanthropic giving and volunteer service in our town.
Call for Grant Applications
The Hartford Foundation’s Greater Together Community Fund in Andover will begin accepting applications for the fourth round of grants on Februaru 15, 2024.
Organizations that support the Andover community are encouraged to apply for a grant. Requests for the second round of 2023 can range from $250 to $10,000.
Who can apply:
- Organizations who are registered nonprofits with a 501(c)3 designation as a public charity. Those without a 501(c)3 disignation must obtain a fiscal agent through the Town of Andover or through a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
- The Town of Andover can apply for grants but funds cannot be used to supplant/replace/supersede existing sources of public dollars.
How to Submit
Grant requests of $250 to $2,999 can be directly submitted by clicking this link or a copy of the application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Advisory Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Suzanne Heie, Co-Chair, 406 Lake Rd., Andover, CT 06232.
Grant requests of $3,000 to $10,000 can be directly submitted through this link, or a copy of the application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Advisory Committee at email@example.com or mailed to Suzanne Heise, Co-Chair, 406 Lake Rd., Andover, CT 06232.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY April 15, 2024.
A grant reporting form is available for awarded organizations to report on the use of their funds.
Note: While assessing applications, the Advisory Committee may decide that additional information not requested in the RFP is needed. This information can be gathered in a number of ways, including a phone/video conference; a brief presentation to the Advisory Committee; or a site visit.
Grants awarded in January 2024:
Town of Andover Beautification Committee
In support of grinding stumps and grading and seeding the Townsend Cemetery - $5,000
Grants awarded in May 2023:
CDL training for camp director - $5,000
Andover Chores Program - $1,000
Nature photography providing educational materials, lectures and crafts to explore and learn about nature - $730
For a scholarship to a graduating Andover senior - $1,000
Uniforms - $1,500
Grants awarded in September 2022:
$517 for backpacks that will be loaned out to library patrons
$1,000 towards events and activities celebrating the anniversary
$10,000 for a generator to protect food in the event of a power outage
Grants awarded in September 2021:
$250 for the purchase of three brass plaques to identify the historical meeting house stone, case papermill dam, and the Baptist Church stepping stone
$411 to assist in the creation of a community garden. The initial phase will have 16 beds for residents to rent. In addition, the garden will function as an outdoor classroom to demonstrate sustainable food production and gardening
$1,082 for the creation of an outdoor space with a tent, portable PA System, stands, cables, and a microphone for outdoor programming and events
$3,000 to support the purchase of three flag poles for the Veterans Monument Park
$6,000 to support the construction of an outdoor learning/community space
Advisory Committee Members
The role of the Advisory Committee is to design and lead an inclusive process to identify the needs in your community and design a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the Greater Together Community Funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents.
The Advisory Committee members for your town are Marianella Chalfant (co-chair), Michele DeLuco, Kirsten Erlandsen, Suzanne Heise (co-chair), Lori LaCroix, Amy March, Jody Gross, Stewart Ware and William Penn.