Grants

The Rockfall Foundation grants support environmental education, conservation and planning projects. These grants serve as a catalyst for new and imaginative ways to preserve and protect our natural resources while enhancing the quality of life for all county residents.

• Grant selections reflect Rockfall’s focus on grassroots programs, particularly those that encourage residents to spend more time outside and better understand the county’s natural resources and unique character.

• Annual grants support both ongoing programs and start-up initiatives.

• Of special interest are projects that impact youth (preschool through college) or are multi- generational.

• While modest, the Foundation’s grants often provide critical seed money and support for groups that do not have large budgets or staff to attract major benefactors or grants.

Grant application and selection is overseen by the Foundation’s Grants Committee. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to learn more about the grants process, which is posted on the “How to Apply” page. Interested persons may also call the Foundation office with questions about specific grant ideas and attend the workshop for grant applicants.

Grants are awarded for programs, projects, internships, or capacity building for innovative approaches to environmental education with ties to the Lower Connecticut River Valley. This includes projects, programs or applicants based in the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Proposals that focus on the Connecticut River corridor or Long Island Sound are also considered as long as there is a demonstrated impact on the focus towns.

Environmental education is broadly defined, not limited to school curricula, and can target any age from preschool to college level. Activities that engage young people, provide hands on experiences, or offer creative approaches to learning are encouraged. Capital projects that facilitate learning are not prohibited, but will be carefully scrutinized for their application to hands on learning.

Rockfall’s grants program is funded by endowment and donations. If you would like information on making a donation, please contact the Foundation office at (860) 347-0340 or use our secure online donation option.