The deadline to submit an application for this grants process has passed.
The 2013 Responsive Grants process is open to all requests for organizational support and projects that serve our region
. The three types of Responsive Grants include the following:
- General operating support (GOS)
- Project support
- Capacity building support
These grants are generally awarded to address an agency's operating, programmatic or capacity building needs. PLEASE NOTE: organizations are no longer required to fill out a pre-application; starting in 2013, there is only one application for the Responsive Grants process. The application review process for Responsive Grants occurs in two-stages and takes approximately six months. A review of all applications occurs during the first stage, after which time applicants are either encouraged or discouraged from participation in the second stage. During the second stage, a site visit will be conducted. Notification of award or decline is sent by email within ten working days of the Board of Directors meeting in October. Upon notification of awards, grantees are asked to sign an agreement delineating the terms of condition of the grant and payment plan.
There is only one grantmaking cycle per year for Responsive Grants from the Valley Community Foundation & The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. This is a joint application process that occurs online; the deadline to apply has passed. Below is a description of the three types of Responsive Grants.
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General Operating Support (GOS)
General operating support is defined as a grant made to further the general mission and work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project. Only organizations that have been incorporated for at least five years AND have received a Responsive Grant from either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation are eligible to apply for general operating support. General operating support gives nonprofits flexibility to direct their spending where it is needed most and allows greater focus on achieving an organization’s mission. Nonprofits demonstrating strong management and a good track record of accomplishments will be given priority consideration. Refer to the Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management (below). The giveGreater.org® profile will serve as part of the application.
Each application is read by three reviewers and scored using the GOS Application Merit Scoresheet
Project support is defined as a grant made for a specific new or existing projects. Project support applications are available to organizations that are new to either the Valley Community Foundation or The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and those organizations that have received a responsive grant in the past.
Each application is read by three reviewers and scored using the Project Application Merit Scoresheet
Capacity Building Support
Capacity building support is defined as a grant for short term financial assistance to build the infrastructure of an organization for long term success. Requests for capacity building include but are not limited to board development, strategic planning, evaluation and capital expenditures including equipment, building renovations or relocation. Only organizations that have been incorporated for at least five years AND have received a Responsive Grant from either The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven or the Valley Community Foundation are eligible to apply for capacity building support. The giveGreater.org® profile will serve as part of the application.
Each application is read by three reviewers and scored using the Capacity Building Application Merit Scoresheet
Read the Foundation's Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management.
For Full Applicants:
giveGreater.org® Profile Checklist
If you need guidance, please call Denise Canning, Grants Manager, at 203-777-7076.
This article was revised on 4/1/13.