Funding Sources


  • Aetna Foundation


    The Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. We recognize that health is local: it begins in our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. By creating more chances to make healthy choices in these places, we can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives.

    With this RFP, we seek to fund programs that will increase opportunities for health in underserved, low-income communities. We’re focusing on five target areas:

    • Healthy Behaviors
    • Community Safety
    • Built Environment
    • Social/Economic Factors
    • Environmental Exposures

    To strengthen our impact, we’ve selected specific indicators of success–outlined in the RFP–that programs should address. Though the scope of this year’s RFP is broader, we’re still committed to programs promoting physical activity, urban gardening, and local food. With the addition of new focus areas, we hope to reach more spaces in the communities we serve.

    This will be our only open RFP this year. We expect to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations in the continental United States through this program.

    This will be a highly competitive, multi-staged funding opportunity and application process. All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 15th 2016 at 3PM ET. We will not accept any late or incomplete applications. You must submit a Stage 1 application in order to be considered for Stage 2.

    For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website, and review the RFP. Some frequently asked questions appear at the end of the RFP. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, regretfully, the Foundation is unable to respond to individual questions about the program.

  • NewAlliance Bank

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    This New Haven-based foundation provides support to the non-profit community in four key areas, including Community Development, and targets “food security for all” as one of many funding priorities designed to support community stability. Fifteen CRCOG towns fall within its funding jurisdiction. The deadline for submitting applications in 2016 is July 1st. For application guidelines, visit

  • Bank of American Charitable Foundation

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    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is offering grants for nonprofits working to address issues pertaining to hunger and basic human needs in their communities, with an emphasis on the delivery of integrated services. Funding priorities include: hunger relief; feeding the hungry and food access.

    The application period for grants focusing on Hunger Relief is open from July 18 through August 5, 2016. To learn more about the Bank of America Charitable Foundation program, visit the Foundation’s webpage. To review specifics about the Basic Needs funding priority, click here.

  • Partners for Places


    Partners for Places, a collaborative effort of the Funders’ Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place—based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well—being for all residents. Past awards have supported energy efficiency challenges, urban agriculture projects, efforts to increase active transportation and food system improvements. The anticipated release date for the next RFP is June 2016. Visit the Funders’ Network website for more information and to view its project Idea Bank.