Types of grants

Our range of grants strives to meet the diverse needs of our region’s nonprofits and those they serve.

Regular Grants

An organization may be eligible to apply for one regular grant every three years, selecting its highest priority from one of the following grant types: 


Grants that support new programs, demonstration projects, studies, or surveys that do not commit the Foundation to recurring costs. These grants provide funding for one to three years and may also be used to enhance, expand or strengthen existing programs, services and organizational capacity. 


Additional funding provided at the end of a grant to help an organization reach project outcomes that were not met within the original schedule. Continuation grants can last up to two years and are only for projects that meet certain criteria, such as those that address high-priority community issues. 

Capital Grants 

Grants supporting capital improvements, such as building purchase, construction or renovation, or capital equipment purchase. The Foundation generally supports a capital or building campaign once. 

General Operating Support 

Grants that support an organization’s ongoing activities and stability, as outlined in its strategic plan. Funding can be used at the organization’s discretion. These grants are an option for organizations with budgets over $200,000. Eligibility is highly competitive, and organizations must be in sound financial condition.

General Operating Support Grants: FAQs

General Operating Support Grant Application Process


Transitional Operating Support Grants

In special circumstances, these grants help well-run nonprofits that have experienced unexpected income gaps to continue important programs or close down operations.

Priority is given to programs that provide:

  • Critical basic human needs, such as food and shelter, to indigent and working poor.
  • Services other than basic human needs, such as health, education, literacy and legal services, to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.
  • Services that make a major impact on quality of life and/or the region’s economy, such as arts and culture, workforce development and economic development.


Summer Program Grants

Funding for camperships and tutorial programs for Hartford children; counselors-in-training programs for Hartford youths ages 12-16; and summer youth employment programs for Hartford youths ages 14-16.

In some circumstances, funding is available for children living in other towns in the Foundation’s service area. There are additional evaluation criteria, special application forms and instructions, and a submission deadline for applications. For more information, call the Foundation at 860-548-1888.

Our Summer Program Support Toolkit touches on the many different areas that are involved in delivering quality summer programs.



The Foundation awards scholarships to hundreds of area students to help them afford a college education. To learn more and/or apply, visit our College Scholarships Directory.


Grants through the Nonprofit Support Program (NSP)

NSP provides assessments, grants and services to improve organizational performance in the areas of planning, executive transitions, strategic technology, financial management and evaluation.

NSP also offers a comprehensive array of learning opportunities for nonprofit board members and executives. It hosts a database of consultants and provides quarterly updates through its newsletter.

To learn more, visit the NSP website, or call 860-548-1888 and ask to speak to a member of the NSP staff.


Special Funds Also Available

In addition to our regular grantmaking, the Foundation also has special funds that solicit applications throughout the year.


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