Enriching Our Community

Each year, we use a portion of the income front the endowment fund to grant projects and organizations that work to assist our neighbors and enhance Guilford's quality of life.

Recent Annual Grants


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The Guilford Foundation implemented an online application process for its annual grantmaking and sponsorship awards. Click here to go to our online grants center.

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Annual Grants

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ARPA Funding

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YAG Community Grants

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Funding Allocation

We're honored to be chosen by the Guilford Board of Selectman to allocate $1 million in federal relief funding to 34 area nonprofits through the American Rescue Plan Act. As Guilford First Selectman Matt Hoey explained, “The ARPA funding will positively impact our community as it fortifies nonprofits focused on delivering critical resources to our residents. We thank The Guilford Foundation for their trusted leadership and the ARPA Review Committee for bringing experience and rigor to the process.”
2023 ARPA Funding

Grant FAQs

TGF awards grants to 509(a)(3) not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the Guilford community. Previous grantees are welcome to apply; however, continued funding is not guaranteed.

Before our grant application deadline, TGF organizes a virtual Grant Application Workshop in February to review this year’s grant priorities, how to apply for a grant, and answer any questions. We record the workshop so all grantees can hear the information.

Click here to listen to the 2024 workshop.

We typically give grants to 20 – 30 charitable organizations with awards ranging from $1,000 – $12,000.

Our online-grant portal for applicants contains our guidelines, timeline, guiding principles, and more frequently asked questions.

Grant applications are available at the end of January, with a submission deadline of mid-March. TGF announces grant award decisions on or after May 1st. A virtual grant workshop is typically held in mid-February to communicate focus areas and answer questions.

TGF will review applications outside the typical process for an Emergent Needs Grant. Most grants are handled through our competitive grant process. Qualifications for an emerging grant review include an innovative concept or new to the Guilford community; a situation in which the organization can’t operate or move forward on a significant initiative without emergency funding; or the need or concept arises after the grant deadline. TGF will review these situations on a rolling basis starting May 15th. Contact the Program Director with questions.

The Community Investment Committee (CIC) reviews applications and recommends funding to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors makes the final decision on all grant awards.

We support various nonprofit organizations and causes, including Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Community Improvement & Vitality, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Education & Youth, Environment & Sustainability, Health and Human Services, Housing Stability, and Seniors & Special Needs.

Yag is a collaboration between the Guilford High School Interact Club and The Guilford Foundation. Students to encourage youth philanthropy. Students review grant applications and disburse more than $15,000 in grant applications annually. Their grant deadline is April 1, with awards being announced in May. Visit our grant center to apply and learn more.

Grants will not be awarded for debt reduction, endowments, lobbying, political organizations, and campaigns or to replace government funding sources. In addition, TGF cannot make grants to individuals, only to qualified nonprofit organizations.

No. The Community Investment Committee and staff determine which applications may qualify for a particular Donor Advised Fund or Field of Interest Fund.

TGF expects to be recognized in all related press releases and publicity. The grantee must complete a final report no later than the beginning of February, prior to the start of the following competitive grant cycle.

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