APPLY FOR A GRANT

Main Street Community Foundation welcomes grant requests from organizations that serve our geographic area, which includes Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, Connecticut.

Potential applicants must contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, to discuss any ideas and applications. Applicants must call at least 7 days prior to the grant application deadline to discuss the proposed project and to determine eligibility.

Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust

Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust Annual Grant Cycles

The Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust was transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2004 and was established by the late Bradley Henry Barnes of Southington to support the healthcare needs of Southington residents. Grants will be available from the Barnes Memorial Trust to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community. Letters of Inquiry are accepted in the spring and fall. Requests will be accepted for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will improve the health and well-being of Southington residents.

The Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust Advisory Committee recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply
Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the cycle is open; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there. 

The Broad View Fund

The Broad View Fund was established in 2016 by Bristol residents, Bob Alim, Bob Boudreau and Kevin Prior, collectively known as BBK, to support charitable projects that benefit the residents of Bristol. Proposals for programs or initiatives that are intended to create game changing opportunities to support emerging issues and the social needs of the diverse cultures of Bristol residents will be considered. In particular, new programs that enhance, expand or add a new dimension to an existing program will be considered. The 2019 cycle is closed; the letters of inquiry process will open in Spring 2020.  

Burlington Community Fund

The Burlington Community Fund was established in 2011 by a group of committed community leaders in Burlington who were interested in creating an additional resource for charitable projects and programs that would enhance the lives of Burlington residents. Grants are made to either a public institution or private tax-exempt organization engaged in charitable activities defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Either the organization or the program for which funding is requested, must be located in Burlington and be of benefit to Burlington residents. 

The Burlington Community Fund Advisory Committee recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply

Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens in July 2020; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there. 

2019 General Grant Cycle

Grants distributed from Main Street Community Foundation have made a positive difference for thousands of people throughout our area since the Foundation's establishment in 1995. While the majority of grants distributed each year benefit designated organizations for which the funds are established or are directed by individual donors, the Foundation administers a number of funds whereby grant awards are made through a competitive grant cycle.

The 2019 General Grant Cycle is complete. Applications are made available annually on January 15 and are due by the end of March. You may contact us to dicsuss ideas and applications for 2020. Applicants must be in compliance with all previous grant reporting requirements. The Foundation also requires that all applicants take a year off after receiving a grant for two consecutive years. 

Competitive grants are made to eligible community organizations for future, planned expenditures and not to cover operating deficits or previously incurred obligations. Preference is given to an organization if the program/project:

  • Responds to changing or emerging needs of the community;
  • Leverages or generates other funding or resources;
  • Promotes collaboration among nonprofit agencies without duplication of efforts; and/or
  • Enhances an existing program to encourage sustainability.

The Foundation’s Distribution Committee, a volunteer group of appointed community representatives, recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply
Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center when the next cycle opens in January 2020; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there. 

Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund

Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund was established by a group of community leaders in 2009 to enhance the learning of students by providing grants for special and creative initiatives that cannot be funded on a meaningful scale through the regular school budget. Make A Mark is dedicated to sustaining and extending the excellence of the Region 10 School District by providing a source of funding for expanded educational opportunities for Region 10 students. Grants will be distributed to teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, other school personnel, or students who propose projects that would not normally be funded by the Region 10 Board of Education budget.

The Make A Mark Advisory Committee recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Applicants must be in compliance with all previous grant reporting requirements.

How to Apply
The 2019 grant cycle is closed.   

Men & Boys' Fund

The Men & Boys' Fund was established in 2016 by a group of local, committed men. Through its grantmaking program, the Fund works to make it possible for men and boys to improve the quality of their lives, increase self-sufficiency and make a positive difference in their community. Grants are made from the Men & Boys' Fund to organizations serving males of any age in the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. 

Applicants must be in compliance with all previous grant reporting requirements. The Foundation also requires that all applicants take a year off after receiving a grant for three consecutive years. 

The Men & Boys' Fund Advisory Board recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply

Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens in July 2020; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.  

Plainville Community Fund

The Plainville Community Fund was established in 2006 by a group of Plainville leaders to create an additional resource for charitable projects and programs that would enhance the lives of Plainville residents. Grants are made to either a public institution or private tax-exempt organization engaged in charitable activities defined by Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Either the organization or the program for which funding is requested, must be located in Plainville and be of benefit to Plainville residents.

The Plainville Community Fund Advisory Committee recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply
Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens in January 2020; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.  

Women & Girls’ Fund

The Women & Girls' Fund was founded in 2001 by a group of caring and committed women. Through its grantmaking program, the Women & Girls' Fund seeks to assist women and girls obtain the skills and competencies to develop their potential and improve the quality of their lives. The Women & Girls' Fund seeks to deepen its impact by providing grants that will allow organizations to build internal capacity to ensure ongoing support of women and girls in the local communities. Grants are made from the Women & Girls’ Fund to organizations serving females of any age in the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. 

Applicants must be in compliance with all previous grant reporting requirements. The Foundation also requires that all applicants take a year off after receiving a grant for three consecutive years. 

The Women & Girls’ Fund Advisory Board recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply

Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens in July 2020; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.