Shoreline Institute of Lifelong Learning

2022 Grant Making Process Guidelines

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 2022 Competitive Grant Application will be available in mid-January 2022. The deadline to submit a completed application to The Guilford Foundation for consideration for competitive funding is March 11, 2022.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a zoom information session, to be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 10:00 am. RSVP to Jennifer Mullett, Foundation Coordinator, at Organizations unable to attend the session should contact Jennifer Mullett by email or by phone (203) 640-4049 with questions about the grant guidelines or application process prior to submitting a grant.

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 or by Zoom during the grant review process. Grant award decisions will be announced on or after May 1, 2022.

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.
  • All final reports from previously awarded grants must be provided prior to submission of a new grant application.

What The Guilford Foundation Funds

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

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

2022 Guilford Principles

In the 2022 competitive grant making cycle, TGF has prioritized the following issues as we review grant applications (in no particular order):

  • Arts and Culture
  • Basic needs- especially as related to assisting those most at risk. Services to take priority include food, shelter, emergency financial assistance, and social services.
  • Child and Youth Development (childcare, development, education)
  • Community Wellbeing (mental health, substance abuse)
  • Economic recovery and development.
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI)

Additional Information

  • 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 CIC 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 the 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.
    • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.
  • In 2021, The Guilford Foundation awarded 27 grants through its competitive grant making process. These grants mostly ranged from $1,500 to $10,000 with an average award being around $5,000.
  • The Guilford Foundation will not award grants to:
    • Debt reduction
    • Endowments
    • Individuals
    • Lobbying
    • Political organizations and campaign
    • 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 all grantees submit a final report no later than February 1, 2023, prior to the start of the next competitive grant cycle.

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 13, 2022 and required completion timeline is prior to April 30th, 2023

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 1234.