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 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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. Requests will be considered for capital projects, programs or initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Southington residents.

Funding requests must align with at least one of the following identified community health and healthcare priority areas:

  • Health/Health Care Needs for an Aging Population
  • Substance Use and Mental Health
  • Healthy Initiatives and Lifestyle including, but not limited to:
    • COVID-19 related needs and recovery efforts
    • Availability and Access to Healthy Food
    • Environmental Protection and Sustainability of Natural Resources
    • Fitness and Health
    • Health Equity
    • Health Literacy and Education
    • Transportation and Access to Health Services

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. 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.

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. 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.

2021 General Grant Cycle 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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 Art & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health, Human Services, Sports Field Maintenance and Youth Development. 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. 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. 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.

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 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. 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 

This grant cycle is currently closed.

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. 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.

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 assists women and girls with obtaining 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 women and girls 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 in order to be eligible for the current grant cycle. 

How to Apply

Main Street Community Foundation utilizes an online grants management system. 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.