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.

Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust

Deadline to submit a letter of intent: February 10, 2017 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 will be available from the Barnes Memorial Trust to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community. Requests will be accepted for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing 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 has moved to an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

  1. Contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 days prior to the due date.
  2. LOIs must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on February 10, 2017. Organizations that are invited to submit a full grant proposal will be contacted by February 24, 2017. 

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.

The 2016 Burlington Community Fund grant cycle is complete. You may contact us to discuss applications for 2017, which will be made available on July 15, 2017.

2017 General Grant Cycle

Application deadline: March 31, 2017 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 in 2017 will be available from funds in the areas of education, 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 or Wolcott.

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 has moved to an online grants management system, CommunityForce. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

  1. Review the grant application here. Note that no paper copies will be accepted, this document is for reference only.
  2. Contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 days prior to the due date.
  3. Applications must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on March 31, 2017. 

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.

The 2016 Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund grant cycle is complete. You may contact us to discuss applications for 2017.

Plainville Community Fund

Application deadline: March 15, 2017 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 Board recommends all grant decisions for final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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

  1. Review the grant application here. Note that no paper copies will be accepted, this document is for reference only.
  2. Contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 days prior to the due date.
  3. Applications must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on March 15, 2017.  

Technology for Teens

Application Deadline: March 13, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Through an initiative started in 2005 by Bristol philanthropist Bob Fiondella, the Main Street Community Foundation will award several computers to area students to utilize in college. Applicants must be a current member of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.

Click here for the Technology for Teens application, which includes all guidelines and instructions.

Women & Girls’ Fund

Grants are made from the Women & Girls’ Fund at the Foundation to organizations serving females of any age in the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

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

The 2016 Women & Girls' Fund grant cycle is complete. You may contact us to discuss applications for 2017, which will be made available on July 15, 2017.