St. John's Community Foundation

How to Apply for a Foundation Grant

St. John’s Community Foundation considers applications for grants once each year. To be considered for funding, your organization must submit its application by the last week of November for programs within the Stamford community.

Eligible programs must fall into one of the categories listed below:

Basic Needs – Includes basic needs for low income individuals, including food, shelter, financial supports, and critical services that are often not available for very low income individuals and families.

Educational Enrichment
– Includes extra-curricular programs (during the school year or during the summer) that improve student learning and provides opportunities for preschool, elementary and secondary school students to achieve greater success in school and / or prepare them to be successful in post-secondary school activities. This category includes programs that seek to eliminate the achievement gap between students.

Crisis Services
– Includes crisis prevention programs for individuals and families, support services for those in crisis and programs that assist in recovery and transition after a crisis.

Economic Opportunity
– Includes programs that help individuals and families make long-term improvements to their situation, such as job training, job placement and adult education.

Proposals should be brief and include:

• A description of your agency, its mission and impact on the Stamford community.
• Names of your organization’s officers and those of its board of directors
• Names of staff persons who will be directly involved with implementing the project
• A copy of the 501(C)(3) determination letter issued to your organization
• A description of the proposed project including:
• Proposed budget for the project
• Which of the above categories the project falls into
• A description of the needs assessment
• Goals (long term) and objectives (short term)
• Anticipated benefits
• Target population
• Number of people to be served
• Information as to how the proposed project fits into the overall agency budget
• Overall agency budget (line item budget is not necessary)
• Sources of funding. (including other agencies to which your agency has applied for this project/program)
• Probable timeline for the proposed project
• Measurements to be used in determining the success of the project
• Name of contact person

A PDF copy of the application is preferred and should be emailed to:

If necessary, we will accept printed copies of the application. One copy is sufficient and should be delivered to:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
628 Main Street
Stamford, CT 06902

Following the receipt of grant applications, the Trustees of the Foundation meet to review all of those submitted. If site visits to projects under consideration are necessary, these will be arranged directly by a Trustee. Funding decisions will be announced following the first scheduled Foundation meeting of the year. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application. Those applicants who receive grants will be required to provide an assessment report.

The Foundation does not currently fund:

Public school programs.
Foundations for the care of specified individuals.
Projects beyond the Stamford community.