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People's United Community Foundation (PUCF) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Northeastern States for
Housing, Education, and Economic Self-Sufficiency

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People's United Community Foundation (PUCF)

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Grants starting at $2,500 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont nonprofit organizations for programs and services benefitting communities where the funding source has a business presence. Program areas include youth development, community development, and affordable housing. All requests must align with the funding source’s priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing.

The Foundation invites proposals demonstrating 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

Community Development:

People's United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address basic needs and encourage financial independence and self-sufficiency for low- to moderate-income residents; as well as activities which promote economic development in low-income neighborhoods where People's United Bank does business.

Examples include:
-Basic needs services
-Initiatives that transition people from assistance to independence
-Financial literacy and education programs
-Programs that promote economic stability and self-sufficiency
-Small business development / entrepreneurial programs
-Job skills training and placement programs
-Programs and services that serve those with special needs or disabilities, which promotes a higher level of self-sufficiency

Youth Development:

People’s United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address the need for educational improvement and advancement of children and youth, especially within low- to moderate- income school districts.

Examples include:
-Academic improvement / advancement programs
-Literacy programs
-STEM programs
-Early childhood development and school readiness (Head Start) programs
-Charter and Magnet Schools
-College and SAT prep programs
-Career exploration and internship programs
-Educational and life skills development programs for children and youth, including those with disabilities or special needs

Affordable Housing:

People’s United Community Foundation supports programs that create affordable housing opportunities and the development and sustaining of safe, clean and desirable neighborhoods.

-Nonprofit organizations that directly develop affordable housing or assist developers which create affordable housing, through rehabilitation, new construction and/or neighborhood revitalization efforts.
-Community loan funds
-State and national programs, operating within the Foundation’s footprint, that serve as developers of affordable housing
-Supportive and transitional housing for homeless, low-income and those with disabilities or special needs
-Closing costs and down-payment assistance programs
-First-time homebuyer education
-Homeownership counseling and foreclosure prevention programs


Special emphasis is given to programs and services in low-income areas designed to:
-Promote economic stability and self-sufficiency
-Improve education and academic advancement
-Facilitate affordable housing and homeownership opportunities

Strong consideration is also given to programs and services that assist individuals with special needs or disabilities, at-risk children and youth, and the elderly.

Types of programs/services for individuals with special needs may include, but is not limited to; services for those with sight or hearing loss/impairment, assistance with daily living activities, or programs for children with severe medical conditions. A special need does not include individuals who require assistance due to circumstance such as substance abuse or socio-economic status.

Special needs programs are subject to interpretation by PUCF, and will be approved or declined at the discretion of the PUCF Board of Directors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178391

Estimated Size of Grant:

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, it is recommended that your request fall within the average grant size.

The minimum grant request amount is $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.
-Organizational category and/or the program/service for which you are seeking funding must NOT be on PUCF's list of ineligible activities.

People's United Community Foundation supports local United Ways across its 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.

The following is a list of activities and types of agencies that are ineligible for funding from People’s United Community Foundation
-Activism or community organizing
-Advertising (yearbooks, journals, publications, etc.)
-Animal causes
-Annual appeals and operational fundraising campaigns.
-Arts & Culture organizations, programs, activities and events
-Beauty contests
-Behavioral/mental health
-Capital requests or campaigns
-Childcare/Daycare agencies or programs, subsidies & scholarships (not part of an accredited Head Start or School Readiness program for low income children)
-Conferences, seminars, panel discussions and trips
-Conservation, environmental causes
-Debt reduction
-Discriminatory organizations or activities based on race, religion, etc.
-Disease specific organizations and activities
-Event Sponsorships
-Fiscal Agents or Fiduciaries
-Fundraising Activities/Events (golf tournaments, road races, etc.)
-Health & healthcare programs
-Historic Preservation
-IRS Sub Classification of 509(a)3 Supporting Organization
-Limited/very small number of individuals being served by an organization/program
-Media-related initiatives (television, radio, film, video and books)
-Medical equipment, patient treatment funds, etc.
-Municipal/government entities
-Nursery Schools
-Obesity programs
-Pilot programs, new initiatives and start-ups
-Political Action Committees (PAC’s)
-Political, labor, civic or fraternal organizations
-Private Foundations
-Private schools, colleges and prep schools
-Private scholarships/tuition
-Programs, agencies and communities outside of the Foundation’s geographic footprint.
-Public school districts and their individual schools
-Religious organizations, unless supporting non-sectarian broad based community issues
-Research and feasibility studies
-Sports, athletic events, or recreational programs/organizations
-Sponsorships or projects where the Bank or its employees receive tangible benefits or privileges
-Student trips/tours (including transportation and conference costs)
-Substance abuse programs
-Team sponsorships
-Theater, dance and music programs
-Stand-alone or as part of a youth development/enrichment program
-Third parties raising funds for a charity

Pre-Application Information:

Funding requests will only be accepted electronically via the online application system.

Applications are only accepted during three grant cycle periods. The new application periods are as follows:

1st Cycle:
-Application Period: November 1 - 30
-Board Meeting/Grant Decision: February

2nd Cycle:
-Application Period: March 1 - 31
-Board Meeting/Grant Decision: June

3rd Cycle:
-Application Period: July 1 - 31
-Board Meeting/Grant Decision: October

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Start a new application:

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:

Lia Martino, Administration & Grants Specialist
(203) 338-6112

People's United Community Foundation
850 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

P: 203.338.6111
F: 203.338.6116

Grant Coverage Areas:

The organization must operate or serve individuals within the cities/towns where People's United Bank branches are located. More information regarding the People's United Bank's footprint may be found here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   Vermont