Foundation Grants List 3/17/2021

Grant Recommendations

Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply.

Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.

Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF)

The Women’s Legacy Fund of the Montgomery County Community Foundation makes grants to local nonprofits with a mission to support women and/or their children in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) builds bridges to support the future of Montgomery County.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Projects that serve women and children in Montgomery County will be considered for Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) grants.
  • It is anticipated that organizations receiving a grant will use it in a one-year period from June 2021 to May 2022.
  • Grant applications will be accepted from any new or existing nonprofit organization in Montgomery County.
  • These organizations must be a tax-exempt organization whose purposes are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Grant applications will also be accepted from local governmental entities, such as the three Montgomery County school corporations, for charitable purposes.
  • If an organization has received funding from MCCF in the past, all post-grant reporting requirements must be current (not past- due) before an organization is eligible to submit a new request.

Deadline: March 26

For more information, visit WLF Grants.

2021 NextWorldNow’s Community Investments Grant Program

NextWorldNow holds that world communities can work together in an informed and personal way using technology and resources to improve the well-being of participants in each community.

Aim: NextWorldNow invests in and support community development projects requiring modest capital. They fund projects that are owned by the local community, whose social impact and return on investment can be measured, and whose success can be sustained. In the spirit of innovation, they aim for a diverse “portfolio” of projects and geographies to spread creative solutions.  
Vision: NextWorldNow sees a world where every person has the basics for well-being: clean water, good food, housing, health care, safety, education, social activity, and jobs. They know that the current state of the world represents many unmet needs. Despite the size of the need which seems unlimited, they choose to act. They believe that small change leads to bigger change and is a preferred option to a default acceptance of the status quo.
Why This Program
NextWorldNow holds that they are connected with one another in the world community.  Like thousands of individual cells connected within a single body shaping its health, the actions of individuals within the world community effect the wellbeing of all. Discomfort in a part of their collective body impacts the whole and serves as a source for other downstream social ills. This program is designed for individuals who share a view of a larger self, have decided that they have enough means to live comfortable lives, and want to share their resources with others in a creative and smart way.
What are target investments?
Consistent with mission, NextWorldNow is interested in supporting many types of community programs:
  • Civic Participation
  • Education
  • Effective Development 
  • Environmental Mediation – Water, Sanitation, Deforestation
  • Health Care Access and Treatment
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Human Security
  • Shelter
  • Smallholder Productivity and Food Security
  • Sustainable Markets/Livelihood
Eligibility Criteria
  • NextWorldNow Community Investments (NWN) works with individuals, communities, and other organizations to make this happen. They invite communities with project ideas to submit their requests for funding. They study the requests and make funding decisions.
  • NextWorldNow welcomes scale-able partnerships with other organizations on joint projects. They invest in solutions built to last, looking beyond short term fixes to address long standing problems. NWN is a non profit private foundation with United States 501 (c) (3) status.
Deadline: March 31
For more information, visit NextWorldNow.

The First County Bank Foundation

The First County Bank Foundation is seeking applications for its Annual CommunityFirst Grant program.

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

Priority Areas

Their priority areas of focus for their programs:

  • Boost community development
  • Support Affordable Housing
  • Provide educational enrichment


To be eligible, organizations must:

  • Have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Have programs located in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield, and neighboring communities of Bridgeport
  • Have community support
  • Address community needs
  • Have measureable outcomes
  • Demonstrates fiscal and administrative responsibility.

Deadline: March 31

For more information, visit First County Bank Foundation.