The Letter of Intent process is now closed for 2017. Return in the fall to preview the 2018 funding guidelines.

The Letter of Intent must be submitted using The Fund’s online grant management system. There is no guarantee that the funding requested will be awarded.

The Letter of Intent process is two-fold:

  1. Letters of Intent must be submitted by the deadline.
  2. If an organization’s Letter of Intent is accepted, a full application will be invited.

If the application is on behalf of a partnership or collaborative of organizations, only one application may be submitted. Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt under IRS Code section 501(c) 3 or have a fiscal agent/sponsor that is a 501 (c) 3.

Grant requests cannot exceed $25,000.

There is no guarantee that the funding requested will be awarded.

Applicants must demonstrate that their collaboration/partnership or program contributes to one or more of the following goals:

  • Children meeting developmental milestones in numeracy, literacy and socio-emotional skills
  • Decreasing summer learning loss for students ages 5-8
  • Decreasing chronic absenteeism for students
  • Development of skills that support academic achievement for students
  • The continued development of statewide systems in the fields of early childhood education or academic achievement

The following criteria will be considered:

  • Commitment to true collaboration; shared goals, strategies and resources among all partners and stakeholders
  • Commitment to demonstrating outcomes by tracking and analyzing data
  • Sound organizational fiscal management and stability
  • Diverse organizational funding streams
  • A focus on the success of youth in The Fund’s catchment area with specific attention to Hartford, New Britain and Middletown

Measurement of one or more of the following indicators either at a population level or programmatic level:

  • Children and students exhibit developmentally appropriate numeracy skills
  • Children and students exhibit developmentally appropriate literacy skills
  • Children and students exhibit developmentally appropriate socio-emotional skills
  • Students improve academic performance
  • Students demonstrate a decrease in summer learning loss
  • Students demonstrate a decrease in chronic absenteeism

The Fund will not support Letters of Intent from the following:

  • Organizations that have the IRS Private Foundation designation
  • Individuals
  • Endowment funds
  • Religious institutions, other than for their provision of nonsectarian community services

The Fund will not support the following requests:

  • Capital projects
  • Performances, conferences, trips, one-time events, ceremonies and/or fairs
  • Annual campaigns
  • Sponsorships