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The mission of The Guilford Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in our community by connecting people who care with causes that matter, now and for generations to come.

We do this by raising private dollars, pooling those donations, and investing these contributions in an endowment fund. Each year, we use a portion of the income from the endowment fund to grant projects and organizations that work to assist our neighbors and enhance Guilford’s quality of life. Thanks to the generosity of our community, The Guilford Foundation is now able to grant more than $140,000 each year.

Thank you for your interest in the TGF grant application process. TGF provides four types of investments into the community:

1. Competitive Grants: An annual process to review and support organizations and programs that serve the Guilford Community. This is the primary funding opportunity through which most of our grantmaking occurs. The deadline for submitting an application for a competitive grant is March 10, 2023.

2. Emergent Grants: TGF understands that projects and emergencies arise that cannot be accommodated by an annual grant cycle. We reserve a small pool of funding for these types of grant applications, and applicants must clarify why the application was not submitted through the Competitive Grant process.

3. Sponsorships: TGF is proud to partner with GSB to support organizations serving the Guilford community by sponsoring qualifying events. Sponsorships are a single event (i.e., a gala, road race, etc.) or a series of individual events held by an organization over a given time period to increase visibility or for fundraising. Sponsorship guidelines have changed for 2023; TGF now reviews applications twice a year (February 10, 2023, and August 1, 2023). If you are unsure if your event qualifies for sponsorship, please contact Program Director Jennifer Mullett for information.

4. Scholarships: Scholarship awards for graduating seniors from Guilford High School are reviewed and recommended by the Guilford High School Counseling Department. Questions about scholarships may be addressed to (203) 453-2741 ext. 1234.

Prior to submitting a request, click here to read our grantmaking policies and procedures under “Guidelines.”