2021 Application Process

Grant Funding opened February 12, 2021 and will close on April 1, 2021 at 5 PM. Since 2014, the Foundation has provided $1,065,97 in grant awards to organizations working with individuals who have been impacted by 12/14/12 and to strengthen the community as a whole to support one another. The Foundation continues to focus on the development of partnerships with organizations and groups in the community who will be able to support and sustain recovery efforts for the long-term. The hope is that over time, with the right structures in place, the community will be better equipped to support itself, especially as the Foundation begins to Sunset. We recognize that recovery will be a life-long process for many and we are committed to provide support to individuals and the community with the ultimate vision of helping Newtown become a strong community where people connect and support one another in their journey toward healing.

Grant Application Guidelines –Please contact Program Director, Lucie Connell for a grant application.

Per our mission, the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation provides funding for 501(c)(3) organizations that are working to support recovery efforts with groups and individuals impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook School on 12/14/12.

 The Foundation is eager to partner with organizations that:

  • Focus and emphasize direct service to those most impacted starting with the families of victims, surviving SHS students and staff, emergency responders, and others suffering traumatic effects from 12/14/12
  • Recognize the importance of connecting individuals and groups to cohesive relationships and who have a record of doing so in the community
  • Actively collaborate with other community organizations to complement services and create a network of support
  • Offer programs and services that are supported by research and best practices in the field of trauma and disaster recovery
  • Make data informed decisions in programming and planning
  • Demonstrate solid sustainability plans

How Grant Decisions Are Made & Funding Notification

This is a competitive grant process.  All proposals will be reviewed by the SHSSF Distribution Committee.  Each proposal is evaluated with respect to available dollars and alignment with our priority areas for this round of funding.  During the review process, staff or committee members may initiate contact with an organization if additional information is needed or if a site visit is requested.  After careful review members of the Distribution Committee of the Fund will make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.  It is expected that all applicants will be notified by e-mail or mail no later than the final week in May 2021 regarding funding decisions.

To be considered for funding, we ask that you submit a proposal based on the specific guidelines.  For questions about this grant opportunity and to obtain a copy of the grant application, please contact Lucie Connell, Program Director email ( or phone (203-461-2233)  Submissions must be sent electronically to by the deadline of 5PM April 1, 2021.