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

Deadline to submit a letter of intent: February 1, 2019 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. 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; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

  1. Contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 business days prior to the due date.
  2. LOIs must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on February 1, 2019. Organizations that are invited to submit a full grant proposal will be contacted by the end of February.  

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. The 2018 cycle is closed; letters of Inquiry were due in April. 

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

2019 General Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019 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 2019 will be 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 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 utilizes 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 Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 business days prior to the due date.
  2. Applications must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on March 29, 2019. 

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 2018 Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund grant cycle is closed for the 2018/2019 academic year. You may contact us for more information on the application process.

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. 

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 2019; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.  

Plainville Community Fund

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 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. Visit our Online Grants Center to apply; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.

  1. Contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs, at 860.583.6363 to discuss your proposal at least 7 business days prior to the due date.
  2. Applications must be completed on our Online Grants Center by 4 p.m. on March 15, 2019.  

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. 

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 2019; you will also find the program's full eligibility criteria there.