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. 

COVID-19 Response Fund - Capacity Building Grant Cycle 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 24, 2021 at 4 P.M. 

Main Street Community Foundation will launch Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Response Fund grant program on February 1, 2021. The Foundation will be accepting applications to stabilize, build capacity and strengthen recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant requests may include:

  • Technology and/or consultant services to support the delivery of virtual programming;
  • Equipment (laptops, cell phones, etc.) to facilitate staff working remotely and/or serving clients remotely;
  • PPE, supplies and office equipment (partitions, Plexiglass shields, etc.) to adhere to safety protocols and ensure a safe office work environment for staff and clients;
  • Other services identified which will help organizations adapt their business models and practices in order to continue successful operations in the current climate; and/or
  • In certain circumstances, limited unrestricted operating support will be considered.

To be eligible for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Capacity Building Grants will be awarded to 501(c)3 not for profit organizations and other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions per MSCF’s discretion.
  • The nonprofit organization must have a main office in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott and be serving a significant population in those communities.
  • The nonprofit organization must have an existing relationship with the Foundation.
  • Grants are one-time and may range from $2,500-$7,500.

How to Apply

  1. Organizations who meet the above criteria and wish to apply, must contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at kate@mainstreetfoundation.org or 860-583-6363 for a preliminary discussion at least 7 business days prior to the deadline.
  2. The application will be made available to organizations that qualify after they contact the Foundation to determine eligibility. The application must be completed in the Online Grants Center by 4 P.M. on February 24, 2021

Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 12, 2021 at 4 p.m.

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 are available from the Barnes Memorial Trust to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community. Historically, requests have been considered 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.

February 2021 Continued Funding Grant Cycle

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust will hold a special grant cycle for existing and past grantees. Funding requests may be for the continuation of programs and initiatives previously supported by the Trust; equipment, supplies and technology needs related to COVID-19; and for general operating support. New projects and programs will not be considered at this time.

How to Apply

  1. Organizations who meet the above criteria and wish to apply, must contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at kate@mainstreetfoundation.org or 860-583-6363 for a determination of eligibility at least 7 business days prior to the deadline.
  2. You may visit our Online Grants Center to apply once you have been pre-screened by the Foundation. The cycle opens on February 22, 2021. The application must be completed by 4 P.M. on March 12, 2021.

Burlington Community Fund 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

For any inquiries, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs or Samantha Rajotte, Scholarship & Program Officer, at 860.583.6363. 

2021 General Grant Cycle 

CYCLE OPENING: April 15, 2021
DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 14, 2021 at 4 P.M.

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.

Grants are available from funds in the areas of education, animal welfare, health, human services, sports field maintenance, environment and arts and culture. Proposals for programs and projects must benefit the residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and/or 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 two consecutive years. If you are applying for a second consecutive year of funding for the same program, you may qualify for an abbreviated application. Please call the Foundation office to discuss prior to starting an online application.

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. The cycle is currently closed, but visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens on April 15, 2021; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there. 

For any inquiries, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at kate@mainstreetfoundation.org or 860-583-6363. 

Men & Boys' Fund 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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. The cycle is currently closed, but visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

For any inquiries, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs or Samantha Rajotte, Scholarship & Program Officer, at 860.583.6363. 

Plainville Community Fund 

CYCLE OPENING: April 1, 2021
DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 30, 2021 at 4 P.M.

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. The cycle is currently closed but visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens on April 1, 2021; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.  

For any inquiries, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs or Samantha Rajotte, Scholarship & Program Officer, at 860.583.6363.

Women & Girls’ Fund 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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. The cycle is currently closed, but visit our Online Grants Center to apply when the next cycle opens; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

For any inquiries, please contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs at 860.583.6363.