Grant Recipients

Grant making is at the heart of what we do as a community foundation. Our trusted nonprofit partners do tremendous work to move our community forward.  Our goal is to support a diversity of services and programming that touch virtually all aspects of our community.

2023 Recipients

In 2023, The Guilford Foundation (TGF) distributed $109,200 to 28 community-serving organizations through its 2023 grantmaking program. The awards, ranging from $1,000 to $12,500, support vital area programs and services utilized and valued by Guilford residents.  Applications were up 37% from 2022 increasing our reach to new community serving organizations.

The review process is grounded in rigor and starts with the Community Investment Committee establishing a theme and priorities for the year to provide a decisionmaking framework. This year’s theme is wellbeing with key focus areas of mental health, basic needs, and strengthening our community.”



The breakdown of The Guilford Foundation’s 2023 grant distribution by focus area is as follows:

    • $17,000 to 4 organizations focused on mental health (awareness, prevention, and treatment)

    • $25,500 to 5 organizations addressing basic needs (food, shelter, and emergency assistance)

    • $66,700 to 19 organizations that strengthen the community (child and youth development; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI); arts and culture; and other innovative initiatives)

The the available funding for theannual grant process is linked to the value of The Guilford Foundation’s endowment. Through the incredible generosity of our donors, assets have more than doubled, growing from $2.9 million in 2018 to the current value of $6.5 million, over the past five years. As a result of the larger endowment, TGF more than doubled the number of grants given to the community.

The Guilford Foundation 2023 Grant Recipients include (in order of grant size):

    • Women and Family Life Center ($12,500): Guided Assistance Program (GAP)

    • Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic ($7,500): Outpatient Mental Health Program

    • Guilford Art Center ($7,500): Operating Support

    • Guilford Center for Children Before and After School Care Program ($6,000): Tuition Assistance

    • Guilford Center for Children Early Education ($6,000): School Year Tuition Assistance

    • Guilford Anti-Bias Anti-Racist (ABAR) Alliance ($5,000): Equity-Focused Professional Development for Guilford Teachers

    • Guilford Performing Arts Festival ($5,000): GreenStage Guilford Performing Arts Festival

    • Guilford Social Services ($5,000): Back to School Program

    • Recovery Move™ ($5,000): Recovery Move ™

    • Special Olympics Connecticut ($5,000): Central Shoreline Local Program Funding

    • The Ethan Miller Song Foundation ($5,000): Guilford Gun Buyback and Safe Giveaway

    • Shoreline Village CT ($3,900): Strategic Planning

    • The Dudley Foundation/The Dudley Farm Museum ($3,750): Operating Expenses

    • Community Dining Room ($3,500): Food Expenses for Nutritional Programs

    • Camp Hazen YMCA ($3,000): Financial Assistance to Support Guilford Youth
    • Lifelinx Corporation ($3,000): Recovery Management Support

    • The Cove Center for Grieving Children ($3,000): Guilford Family Program

    • Guilford Interfaith Ministries ($2,500): Technology Upgrade

    • Shoreline Arts Alliance ($2,500): General Operating Expenses

    • Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center ($2,300): Music Therapy Program

    • Guilford Garden Club ($2,000): Greening of Guilford

    • Guilford Social Services ($2,000): Holiday Basket Program

    • SARAH Foundation ($2,000): Gavin and Friends by SARAH Tuxis

    • Jordan Porco Foundation ($1,500): Guilford 4 What’s Next- Suicide Prevention Program

    • The Connecticut Hospice ($1,500): Community Grief Support Services

    • Legacy Theatre ($1,250): Operating Expenses

    • Neighborhood Music School ($1,000): Guilford Student Tuition Subsidy Program

    • UR Community Cares ($1,000):  Guilford Community Cares

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