Guidelines

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Please note that the Guilford Foundation completely revised its grant making policies and procedures, effective January 1, 2018. Details below.

The mission of the Guilford Foundation is to “connect people who care with causes that matter to them,” to enrich the quality of life in Guilford, now and for generations to come.

We fulfill our mission by building and maintaining a charitable endowment and making prudent grants that serve to address the ever-changing needs of the Guilford community.


Timetable for Competitive Grants



The 2018 Application will be available as of January 1, 2018. The Guilford Foundation will accept competitive grant applications between February 15, 2018 and March 15, 2018.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of two identical information sessions, to be held at the Community Center on January 24th at 10am and February 15th at 2:30pm. RSVP to Jennifer Mullett, Foundation Coordinator, at jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org.

Organizations unable to attend either meeting are encouraged to contact Liza Janssen Petra by email at lizapetra@gmail.com or by phone (203) 640-4049 with questions about the grant guidelines or application process prior to submitting a grant.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org with backup sent to The Guilford Foundation, PO Box 35, Guilford, CT 06437.


Grant Review Process



The Community Investment Committee (CIC) of the Guilford Foundation is charged with reviewing the applications and making recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors. CIC may request to meet with applicants in person during the grant review process.

Grant award decisions will be announced on of after April 30, 2018.


Important Information



  • Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the Guilford community.
  • Grants will be awarded to organizations that positively impact Guilford within the focus areas identified below.
  • Grant awards cannot be used retroactively to pay costs for programs or services that have occurred in the past.
  • Applications from previous grantees are welcome; continued funding will be considered by CIC, but is not guaranteed.

What the Guilford Foundation Funds



The Guilford Foundation uses information in the 2017 Guilford Community Report to help discern areas of greatest need in the community and prioritize grant awards.

The Guilford Foundation looks to fund organizations and projects that strengthen and improve Guilford in the following focus areas:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage Enhancement
  • Human Services, Health, Housing
  • Youth & Family
  • Seniors

The Guilford Foundation holds several “field of interest” funds, including funds dedicated to youth, veterans or active military, the environment, and design/build efforts. During the application review process, the Board works to match applications with corresponding fields of interest funds.

The Guilford Foundation seeks grants that enhance the quality of life in Guilford. Grant applications should address a need within a focus area and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community, or persons served.

Applications should include some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

The Guilford Foundation will not normally award grants to:

  • Debt reduction
  • Endowments
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying
  • Political organizations and campaigns
  • Replace government funding sources

Your Responsibilities if you are awarded a grant:

The Guilford Foundation expects to be recognized in all related press releases and publicity.

The Guilford Foundation requires from all grantees a follow-up report by September 15, 2018, including the following:

  • Financial disclosures of how the grant money was spent, or an explanation of why funds have not yet been spent.
  • Progress made in relation to the originally stated objectives.
  • Samples of grant publicity that recognizes the Guilford Foundation.
  • A story that describes how the grant impacted your organization and/or the people it serves.

If funds are not fully spent or the project not completed by September, a final report shall be submitted by February 1, 2019, to update the Guilford Foundation on additional progress and grant spending.


    Additional Funding Opportunities

    Emerging Needs Grants

    The Guilford Foundation understands that projects and emergencies arise that cannot be accommodated by an annual competitive grant cycle. The Guilford Foundation will accept applications in this category on a rolling basis. Applications must fall into one or more of the following categories:

    • Concept is innovative and/or new to the Guilford community.
    • Organization cannot operate or move forward on a major initiative without emergency funding (ex. Unexpected building repairs).
    • Concept is created/need arises after March 15, 2018, and required completion timeline is prior to April 30th, 2019.

    Youth Advisory Group

    In addition to the competitive grant opportunities listed above, the Guilford Foundation has partnered with the Guilford High School Interact Club to form the Youth Advisory Group (YAG), to foster locally based philanthropy at the teenage level. YAG accepts grant applications from organizations on an annual basis (April 1st). For more information, click here.


    Guilford Institute Fund

    Thanks to the generosity of the former Guilford Institute board, the Guilford Foundation has a unique opportunity to fund projects and initiatives at Guilford High School. YAG accepts applications for the Guilford Institute Fund from Guilford High School students, educators, and affiliates on an annual basis (April 1st). This is a separate application and funded from a different source than the YAG grants. For more information, click here.

    Sponsorship requests should be addressed separately to Jennifer Mullett, Foundation Coordinator, at jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org. Sponsorship requests are reviewed by the Development Committee on a rolling basis, as funding permits.

    Scholarship requests are reviewed and recommended by the Guilford High School Guidance office. Questions may be addressed to (203) 453-2741 ext 225.