Grants

To date we have awarded over $1.1M  in grants and have supported the following organizations and initiatives:

    • Ben’s Lighthouse
    • Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc. School Based Health Center, Newtown Middle School
    • Embrace Hope
    • Family & Children’s Aid
    • Heart of Hope-Newtown Chapter
    • Heart 9/11
    • Lunding/Bannerstone Consulting
    • Newtown Community Center- Playmakers 
    • Newtown Community Center – CMAK Foundation Race4Chase
    • Newtown Kindness
    • Newtown Police Department
    • Newtown Public Schools
    • Newtown Youth Academy (NYA)
    • Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS)
    • Northwest AHEC
    • Recovery & Resiliency Team
    • Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN)
    • The Ana Grace Project
    • The Avielle Foundation
    • The Tapping Solution Foundation
    • Town of Newtown, Center for Support & Wellness
    • Wheeler Clinic

Per our mission, the Foundation provides funding for non-profit organizations that are working to support recovery efforts with groups and individuals impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook School on 12/14/12.

Requests for proposal are solicited once a year and depend on available funding. We choose to invest in the infrastructure of organizations that deliver valuable services to the community. The Foundation is therefore 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

Time Limited Grant Opportunity 2022

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is soliciting a limited number of grant applications from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund (the Fund).  Funding is available for 501(c)(3) non-profits, accredited educational institutions/schools, and municipalities working to support continued recovery efforts with those impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook School on 12/14/12.  It is anticipated that generally we expect awards to be in the range of $1,000-$5,000.

Solicitation Dates: Friday, October 7, 2022 – Friday, November 4, 2022

Grant Eligibility:

  • Program or project must be related to the tragedy at Sandy Hook School on 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 


Please submit an application that addresses the questions below and send to Lucie Connell, Executive Director, at lconnell@nshcf.org. The proposal must be signed by organization’s Executive Director, or equivalent. Once submitted, you will receive a certificate of non-discrimination that must be signed and returned as soon as possible. 

Grant Guidelines  

  1. What is the mission of your organization or project and how does it tie into the eligibility requirements listed above?   
  2. What is your project?  Define in summary form what you are requesting funds for and the time-line for the project.  What problem or opportunity are you addressing and how many individuals within Newtown are affected by it and will benefit from your project?
  3. Who are your participants?  How have they been impacted by 12/14?
  4. Are you partnering with any other organizations on the project? If so, please explain the collaboration. 
  5. Other relevant information you would like for us to know.