Grant Opportunities

We periodically issue a call for proposals from organizations serving Greater Hartford to contribute to advancing our strategic priorities in specific ways. Below is a list of currently available and upcoming opportunities. We recently held an information session about 2022 opportunities for nonprofits; view the recording.

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Black Giving Circle Grant Program

Now Open

This opportunity supports nonprofits whose projects demonstrate benefit for the Greater Hartford Black community.

Recognizing the ongoing need to address persistent disparities affecting the Black community, the Black Giving Circle Fund seeks to support innovative and transformative strategies that build upon the Black community’s strengths and assets to address these needs.

Eligible funding requests can focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Establishing a new or innovative program/service
  • Expanding access to an existing program/service
  • Enhancing current practices
  • Purchasing equipment and/or renovation improvements
  • Building agency infrastructure that advance the Black community

The Black Giving Circle Fund expects to fund a grant request for any amount up to $30,000 for one year.

Read the Request for Proposals to learn more. 

Application Deadline:
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Related outcome area(s): Dismantling Structural Racism

Catalyst Endowment Fund RFP: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis of Children and Youth

Now Open

This opportunity supports efforts addressing the mental health crisis facing children and youth in Greater Hartford.

Each year, members of the Hartford Foundation's Catalyst Endowment Fund select a focal topic, with the goal of making one or more grants that will be catalytic in the 29-town region served by the Hartford Foundation. This year’s topic is The ABCs of Mental Health: Managing the Effects of Dual Pandemics. Grants will be awarded to selected applicants in October 2022. All qualifying projects are expected to be completed within a year.

Read the Request for Proposals to learn more.

Application Deadline:
Friday, September 2, 2022

Housing Policy and Advocacy RFP

Now Open

This opportunity focuses on supporting policy and advocacy activities (such as administrative advocacy, state legislative advocacy and municipal advocacy) aimed at preventing/addressing homelessness and creating pathways to more accessible, affordable, stable and higher quality housing for residents of color, low-income residents, and/or residents experiencing unique housing barriers (such as returning citizens).

Proposals may be focused on advocacy at the state level and/or the Greater Hartford region. 

The Foundation welcomes requests of up to $25,000 for activities to be implemented over the course of the next year or sooner, particularly activities focused on the next legislative session in Winter/Spring 2023.

Please review the Request for Proposals to learn more.

An information session was held on Tuesday, August 2 for those interested in learning more. Click here to view the recording.

Application Deadline:
Friday, September 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
Related outcome area(s): High Opportunity Neighborhoods

Norma and Natale Sestero Fund

Now Open

This opportunity supports organizations that benefit people and institutions from the Town of Glastonbury in the areas of culture, health, education, social welfare and the environment (including town beautification and preservation of heritage).

We project that grants ranging from $1,000 to $60,000 will be awarded, depending upon the size and maturation of the agency and the scope of work to be performed through the proposed project.

The Hartford Foundation supports a wide range of needs, including:

  • Capital/equipment projects (support for capital improvements, such as construction and renovation of a building or the purchase of capital equipment),

  • Capacity building (support for strengthening organizational capacity),

  • Enhance or strengthen existing activities (support to enhance, expand, or strengthen the range, quantity, and/or quality of an agency’s  programs and services. However, in general these funds are not meant to maintain the current activities or level of service),

  • General Operating Support (support of board approved strategic plan and/or annual plan), and

  • New activities or services (support for new programs or demonstration projects that do not commit the Foundation to recurring expenditures).

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For project specific questions, please contact Damion Baker, Community Impact Officer, at, or 860-548-1888 ext.1045. 

If you have technical difficulties please contact our Grants Administration Team at You may also contact Susan Hills, Senior Community Impact Associate, at, or 860-339-3565.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Emergency Assistance Grants - Round 2

Now Open

This opportunity supports organizations increasing access to emergency services and immediate assistance of basic human needs for residents in Greater Hartford. 

The Foundation welcomes requests of $1,000 - $15,000 for individual projects and up to $20,000 for collaborative projects for items and/or services to be provided during a one-year time-period.

Items and services may include food, personal care items, emergency financial aid, one-time medical device or medical aid assistance, immediate or informal case management services, or other critical basic needs you see in the community you serve.

Applicants are allowed to submit one application each round but may only receive one grant a year.

Please review the Request for Proposals to learn more.

Questions? Please take a moment to review our fact sheet.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Related outcome area(s): Basic Human Needs

Small Agency Grants

Now Open

The Foundation’s Small Agency Grant program (SAG) offers capacity building supports tailored to meet the needs of 501(c)(3) nonprofits with annual revenues under $300,000.

This opportunity enables small or all-volunteer organizations to access either of two grant types:

- A project grant offering up to $7,500 over one year. Projects must be for a finite period of up to a year and can support direct program, or can be used to support a capacity building need. 

- A general operating support grant offering up to $10,000 over two years if the organization has a strategic, annual, or a business plan. Plans must clearly articulate the organization’s goals, objectives, targets, and who’s responsible.

Priority will be given to organizations and programs that align with the Foundation’s focus on dismantling structural racism and achieving equity in social and economic mobility in Greater Hartford's Black and Latinx communities.

To learn more about the Small Agency Grant Program, please contact Melanie Tavares, Director of Capacity Building and Nonprofit Support, at 860-548-1888 x1044 or via email at

Application Deadline:

Latino Endowment Fund RFP

Open: September 2022

The Foundation’s Latino Endowment Fund is a Giving Circle that works to address the challenges facing Latino residents and the organizations that serve them.


Information Session Recordings

2022 Access Grants Information Session 

On Thursday, May 26, 2022 we held an information session for those interested to learn more about our 2022 Access Grants. A recording of the session is available below. 

Faith-Based Organizations Information Session 

In March 2022, the Hartford Foundation held two special information sessions as opportunities for faith-based organizations to learn more about how the Foundation can support these organizations making essential contributions in our community. This is the full recording of the information session hosted on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Nonprofit Opportunities Information Session 

On Thursday, January 20, 2022 the Hartford Foundation held an information session for those interested to ask questions and learn more about grant opportunities at the Foundation.


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