General requirements: The Community Fund of Darien invests in the community by making grants to vital, nonprofit human services organizations that meet our eligibility criteria and our funding goals of Basic Needs, Youth Success, Self-Sufficiency and Eye on Darien.
To qualify for a grant, an organization must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
- Serve human services needs of residents in Darien, Stamford or Norwalk
- Request funding for a program
- Provide measurements of outcomes to demonstrate impact
- Adhere to a non-discrimination policy on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, gender or national origin or any other characteristic protected by law in all aspects of organizational operations including hiring, leadership, and service provision
Grant applications must conform to the format and content specifications provided in the application form. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.
The Community Fund will evaluate all grant applications based on the criteria outlined by the Grants Executive Committee. The Community Fund may not approve a request even though it meets the established criteria and the organization was invited to apply. The Board reserves discretion to award or deny grants as it deems appropriate, acting in the best overall interest of The Community Fund’s donors, staff and volunteers.
The Community Fund of Darien generally will NOT fund grants for:
- Individuals (except Touch a Life Fund)
- Annual appeals or membership drives
- Fundraising events or capital campaigns
- Religious activities, projects or organizations which do not serve the general public on a nondenominational basis
- Political or lobbying efforts
- Endowment campaigns
- Scholarships or conference fees
- Any purpose not fitting within the 2014-17 Community Fund funding goals
Eligibility for a Community Fund Small Grant
Small Grants will provide funding for general operations and special initiatives for programming and/or activities that demonstrate a positive impact in meeting identified human services needs in the Darien, Norwalk and Stamford community. These needs must fit within the 2014-17 funding goals in the categories of Youth Success, Basic Needs, Self-Sufficiency and Eye on Darien. Please see the 2014-17 funding goals document for additional details. Funding through a Small Grant should serve one or more of the following objectives:
- Enrich a population through new or enhanced activities
- Educate the community through programming focused on a need
- Engage people in constructive dialogue to address social services needs
- Improve or strengthen an organization’s infrastructure
- Meet a critical, acknowledged community need
- Provide the tools and training to better serve clients and communities
Maximum funding amount: $5,000
Applicants will not be eligible for a repeat award more often than once in every three years.