Our Mission is to invest in programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents, promote the economic development and well-being of neighborhoods and support the educational and developmental needs of children and youth, with special emphasis given to programs and services in low-income areas.
Grant Application And Funding Guidelines
The People's United Community Foundation encourages grant proposals from organizations that support our objectives and meet our giving guidelines. Please review our focus areas, giving guidelines and eligibility requirements prior to submitting your online grant application.
To be considered for a grant from People's United Community Foundation, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
Organizations must also adhere to the following guidelines when submitting a grant application:
We seek proposals that demonstrate the following:
To assist you in preparing a competitive application, please refer to these Tips and Suggestions.
Questions on Eligibility
If you have questions regarding whether or not your organization qualifies for funding from People’s United Community Foundation, please consult your local market liaison or a PUCF staff member. A summary of the program/service for which you are seeking funding may be requested to help determine eligibility.
The majority of People's United Community Foundation grants are less than $10,000, with the average grant being between $2,500 and $7,500. If this is your first time applying for a grant from the People's United Community Foundation, we recommend your request fall within our average grant size. This does not imply that the Foundation will approve the amount requested, nor does it guarantee funding. The minimum grant request amount is $2,500.
As a regional Foundation, the volume of grant requests we receive far exceeds the number of requests we are able to fund. Therefore, not all of the organizations that are eligible will receive funding, or at the level of funding requested. On average, only 50% of the grant requests received by People's United Community Foundation are funded.
United Way Giving
People's United Community Foundation supports local United Ways across our footprint through the People's United Bank Employee Match Campaign. Due to this annual giving campaign, grant requests from United Way chapters are not accepted.
People's United Community Foundation does not accept paper applications. Please submit all applications electronically through our online grant system.
To submit a request, please follow the "APPLY NOW" link below, which will direct you to Foundation Source, our online grants management provider. Continue to read our additional application procedures and then click on the "START" button at the bottom of the page.
Applications can be saved prior to submitting your final grant request to PUCF. You will receive an email from Foundation Source which will include a link to access your saved application. Please be sure to save the email/link. When you are ready to submit your application, you must click on "SUBMIT" for PUCF review.