Our Mission

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.


People's United Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities served by People's United Bank.

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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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for a grant from People's United Community Foundation, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Organization must be operating as a recognized public 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for a minimum of 2 years, and the program/service for which funding is being requested must be operating for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Must operate or serve individuals within the cities/towns where People's United Bank branches are located.
  • Grant request must fit within our three areas of focus (community development, youth development and affordable housing) and align with our priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing.
  • Organizational category and/or the program/service for which you are seeking funding must NOT be on PUCF's list of ineligible activities. Ineligible list

Application Guidelines

Organizations must also adhere to the following guidelines when submitting a grant application:

  • Applications are only accepted during our three grant cycle periods. Please refer to grant cycle chart.
  • Funding requests should be for a program or service.
  • Capital campaigns and requests are ineligible.
  • Minimum request amount is $2,500.
  • Only one grant application will be accepted by an organization during a 12 month period.
  • Returning grantees should apply during the same grant cycle as previously applied, according to the grant cycles table. See new grant cycles.
  • Only one grant will be awarded to an organization per year.
  • Funding requests will only be accepted electronically via our online application system.

Grant Requests

We seek proposals that demonstrate the following:

  • Strong leadership and effective board governance
  • Sound administration and stable financial conditions
  • Competency in mission-driven organizational activities
  • An effective, sustainable and scalable model
  • Ability to create a positive impact on the targeted population
  • Ability to provide clear performance measures and outcomes
  • Strong partnerships and effective collaborations with community leaders and organizations


The majority of People’s United Community Foundation grants are less than $10,000 with the average grant being $5,000. 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.

How to Apply for a Grant

People's United Community Foundation does not accept paper applications. Please submit all applications electronically through our online grant system.

You will be required to submit the following documentation with your application:

Visit the grant cycles page for more for information about cycle dates and how to apply.