eligibility criteria for competitive grants
The Valley Foundation welcomes grant requests from non-profit organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) or any applicable statute of the Internal Revenue code that provide services in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.
Requests will be considered from groups that do not have tax-exemption status, provided that they have a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status. In projects involving a partnership of agencies, a single agency with the appropriate tax status and financial management capacity must assume the role of lead organization.
To be considered for a grant, all applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a policy of non- discrimination on the basis of age, sex, religion, national origin and sexual preference, in all aspects of organizational operations -- hiring, leadership, and service provision.
Individuals are not eligible for grants but can be eligible for academic scholarships. Projects that support religious activities, endowment campaigns, lobbying, travel, previously incurred debts, or funding deficits generally will not receive consideration.
Amounts available for capital campaigns are limited. Requests for capital projects (building, equipment, vehicles, and other depreciable items) will be evaluated as to their ability to enable the organization to more significantly serve its constituency.
The Valley Community Foundation does not provide permanent funding for projects. Most grants are made for one to three years, with continuing support contingent upon availability of support and achievement of stated measures and benchmarks. There are times, however, when requests for longer-term funding are considered and supported, in accordance with the Foundation's strategic goal to put community assets on solid ground.