Grant Opportunities

Requests for Proposals: 2024 calendar

We periodically issue a call for proposals from organizations serving Greater Hartford to contribute to advancing our strategic priorities in specific ways.

Catalyst Endowment Fund Annual Grantmaking 2024

Now Open

The Catalyst Endowment Fund is excited to announce a competitive funding opportunity to support initiatives focused on Empowering Future Leaders and Community Builders through Youth Sports in Greater Hartford.

This year, through a series of learning sessions, Catalyst members explored some of the positive effects youth sports can have on individuals, families, and society as a whole. From fostering teamwork and leadership skills to promoting physical and mental well-being, youth sports play a vital role in shaping resilient, confident, and empowered individuals. Our focus is on sustainable support systems designed to bridge the access gaps to youth sports in Greater Hartford.

The fund has $69,000 available to award. One or more grants will be awarded totaling $69,000, based on the size of the project, funding need, and the quality of plans responding to the forthcoming Request for Proposal. 

Please read the Request for Proposal for guidelines and other details before applying for this grant. 

Application Deadline:
Thursday, August 22, 2024

2024 Community Organizing

Now Open

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving seeks proposals from nonprofits or community groups conducting community organizing efforts led by people of color and/or people representing communities traditionally marginalized as they engage and activate residents locally for the purpose of more inclusive civic participation.

This competitive grant opportunity is for nonprofits or community groups conducting community organizing efforts led by people of color and/or people representing communities traditionally marginalized as they engage and activate residents locally for the purpose of more inclusive civic participation.

Successful proposals could support 1) community organizing efforts, broadly or around specific issue campaigns, 2) increasing community organizing group or organizational capacity, and/or 3) community organizing infrastructure to benefit the field in Greater Hartford.

Requests can address issues such as housing, education, health care, the concerns of returning citizens, and issues affecting LGBTQIA+ persons, or other issues identified by community members with preference given for efforts related to the advancement of racial justice.

Scope of work considered could take place over the span of one year. Grant awards will range from $5,000 - $40,000. The Foundation estimates applicants will know whether they received a grant approximately 4 to 7 weeks from the date they submit their application.

Please review the Request for Proposals to learn more.

Not sure what Community Organizing is, or how it differs from Resident Engagement? Review a brief slide deck for more insight

Requests will be reviewed using the rubric available here

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 10th, 2024
Related outcome area(s): Civic And Resident Engagement

2024 Resident Engagement

Now Open

The Foundation is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations or community groups with a fiscal sponsor to engage residents in efforts to increase local civic participation and/or participation in support of community social wide change for the benefit of residents in Greater Hartford. 

This competitive grant opportunity is for nonprofits or community groups engaged in or planning local civic participation efforts with the potential to increase civic trust (p.g. 91-100), increase social issue awareness and promote allyship with marginalized communities. Resident engagement efforts might include activities such as: hosting community meetings, forums, conducting workshops, or retreats, informational outreach campaigns and volunteerism projects.

Efforts can focus on increasing racial/social justice issue awareness, increasing resident leadership on racial/social justice issues, increasing civic education/issue awareness. Projects can address issues such as housing, education, health care, the concerns of returning citizens, and issues affecting LGBTQIA+ persons among other things.

Scope of work considered could take place over the course of one year. This is to acknowledge the shifting nature of community work. Grant awards will range from $1,000 - $25,000. The Foundation estimates applicants will know whether they received a grant approximately 4 to 7 weeks from the date they submit their application.

Please review the Request for Proposals to learn more. 

This RFP complements the Foundation's Community Organizing RFP which seeks to support change efforts led by people of color and/or people representing communities that have been traditionally and continue to be marginalized or underrepresented in institutional decision-making. Not sure what Resident Engagement is, or how it differs from Community Organizing? Review a brief slide deck for more insight. 

PLEASE NOTE: An access code is required to complete this application; please contact Tiana Starks at tstarks@hfpg.org to determine eligibility and receive the access code. 

Application Deadline: Rolling through September 10, 2024 at 11:59 P.M.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, September 10th, 2024
Related outcome area(s): Civic And Resident Engagement

Small Nonprofit Grants

Now Open

The Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Program offers general operating support grants designed for small or all volunteer organizations with annual revenues under $300,000 that have an established record of service to their communities and that meet the eligibility criteria of the Foundation.

Small, emergent, and/or all-volunteer nonprofit organizations often express unique needs as they develop their infrastructure or programs. The Nonprofit Suppot Program has intentionally developed offerings to small nonprofits in Greater Hartford with annual revenues under $300,000 that consider where an organization is in their development – supports and offerings are contextual, flexible, and allows leaders and teams to learn and growin their roles.

This operating support opportunity offers up to $15,000 over a two-year period to support an organization’s stability and institutional strengthening, as outlined in its organizational strategic plans and goals. Organizations must have an established record of service to their communities and meet eligibility criteria of the Foundation. While funding can be used at the organization’s discretion, it is highly encouraged that organizations strategically allocate funding towards operational/organizational strengthening needs.

To learn more, please download and read the attached PDF.
 

Note: This opportunity is distinct and separate from other grantmaking processes at the Foundation. If you are a current grantee and have questions about applying for this opportunity, please contact your assigned Community Impact Officer.

Application Deadline:
Rolling

Black Giving Circle Annual Grantmaking

Open: Monday, July 29th, 2024

The Black Giving Circle Fund members examine issues facing Greater Hartford’s Black community and, collectively, recommend grants to nonprofit organizations that work to address them. Topics range from year to year.

Deadline:
Thursday, September 12th, 2024
Related outcome area(s): Dismantling Structural Racism

BHN Emergency Assistance - Round 2

Open: Thursday, August 1st, 2024

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is pleased to announce a competitive grant opportunity to support nonprofits as they increase access to emergency services and immediate assistance for the most basic of human needs for vulnerable residents in Greater Hartford.

Items and services can include food, personal care items, emergency financial aid (e.g., rental assistance, utility assistance), one-time easily distributable, non-prescription durable medical equipment or medical aid assistance, immediate or informal case management services, or other critical basic needs you see in the community you serve. 

Deadline:
Thursday, September 12th, 2024
Related outcome area(s): Basic Human Needs

Latino Endowment Fund Annual Grantmaking

Open: Monday, August 19th, 2024

The Latino Endowment Fund works to address the challenges facing Latino residents and the organizations that serve them.

Deadline:
Thursday, October 3rd, 2024
Related outcome area(s): Dismantling Structural Racism

Norma and Natale Sestero Fund Field of Interest

Open: Tuesday, August 20, 2024

The Norma and Natale Sestero Fund seeks to support 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). Maximum grant request of $25,000. 

Deadline:
Tuesday, October 1, 2024

2025 Summer Programs

Open: Friday, November 1st, 2024

The 2024 Summer Program RFP supports 2025 summer campership, enrichment, and CIT programs for Hartford children and youth as well as individuals of all ages with disabilities across the Hartford Foundation’s 29-town region.

Deadline:
Wednesday, January 1st, 2025

Information Sessions

2024 Grant Opportunities Info Session
The Foundation hosted an information session on January 30 for nonprofits and community groups to learn about our 2024 grant opportunities and how to best position your application. Read the written Q&A or view the slides from the session.


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