Guidelines

Shoreline Institute of Lifelong Learning

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.

Competitive Grants

Timetable for Competitive Grants


Extension of 2020 Competitive Grant Application Deadline & Reprioritization

TGF will extend its 2020 competitive grant making application deadline to May 1, 2020 and will re-prioritize its 2020 grant review process toward addressing the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Organizations that submitted a grant by the original March 12, 2020 deadline are asked to consider whether to submit a new proposal based on TGF’s reprioritization to the urgent needs presented by the impact of COVID-19 on Guilford. Organizations who did not apply by the March 12, 2020 deadline are encouraged to apply by the May 1, 2020 deadline under the new priorities.

Limited emergent funds are available to apply for by qualifying organizations immediately. Contact Jennifer Mullett at :jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org for more information.

Please contact Liza Janssen Petra by email at lpetra@guilfordfoundation.org 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 one copy of a paper backup mailed 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 or after April 27, 2020.

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 residents 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


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 14, 2020. Click here for a link to the Grant Evaluation Report.

If funds are not fully spent or the project not completed by September, a final report shall be submitted by February 1, 2021, 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 12, 2020, and required completion timeline is prior to April 30th, 2021.

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. 1234.