Program Grants

The American Savings Foundation is a broad-based funder with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth and families.  Our three priorities areas are education, human services and arts & culture. With a primary focus in New Britain and Waterbury, program grants support direct services where our funding can make a measurable impact, especially for those with the greatest need.

What We Fund

Applications are now only being accepted through our new online portal. See below for application details.

What We Fund

The American Savings Foundation is a broad-based funder with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth and families.  Our three priorities areas are education, human services and arts & culture. With a primary focus in New Britain and Waterbury, program grants support direct services where our funding can make a measurable impact, especially for those with the greatest need.

The Foundation considers support for established programs that have been demonstrated to make a meaningful difference in the community and in the lives of those they serve.  We also consider funding for new, innovative programs that fill an unmet need in the community, and where there is evidence of broad local support.  We are interested in funding collaborative programs, and also in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the community.

With very few exceptions, we do not fund:

  • General operating support or unrestricted grants
  • Primary or secondary schools—public, private independent, or parochial—or colleges and universities
  • Funding to replace municipal, state or federal funding

If your request is for any of the above purposes, we strongly encourage you call the Foundation before submitting a proposal.

In order to apply:

Organization must be tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3).

Ineligible for funding:

  • Political advocacy and lobbying
  • Religious institutions, except for non-sectarian activities that benefit the community at-large
  • Individuals
  • Annual campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Travel (e.g. sports teams, field trips).
  • Event sponsorships (e.g. golf, galas)
  • Private Foundations

Also, because the Foundation operates a large college scholarship program (see Scholarships), it does not provide funding for scholarship programs operated by schools or other nonprofit organizations.

Deadlines

2021 Deadlines

January 14, 2021
July 22, 2021

 

Summer & School-Year

School-Year Programs - April 29, 2021
Summer Programs - January 14, 2021

Visit the online portal to access an open Program Grants application. You will recieve a confirmation e-mail after your application is submited.

Program grants are considered on a year-to-year basis. Multi-year program grant commitments are not made.  We make a grant to a specific program only once in a 12 month period, and renewals are never automatic. Typically, we fund only one program at an agency in a given year.

Budget Template

The budget formats below can be used for either a Program or Community Grants online application. This format includes the line-item budget for both the program as a whole, and the specific amount requested in this application.  Also, show all secured and expected funding from other sources. 

Download Budget Template            DOWNLOAD FINAL REPORT BUDGET TEMPLATE

Have questions?

American Savings Foundation strives to be accessible to anyone seeking information about grants, scholarships, or with general questions. Contact us today to get the assistance you need.

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