Grant Guidelines and the Application Process

The Cornwall Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Cornwall and to maintain its unique beauty and character now and in the future. 

The Cornwall Foundation invites applications from organizations serving residents of Cornwall, Connecticut. Applications are encouraged for projects that will build the organization’s capacity to more effectively carry out its mission to enhance the quality of life in Cornwall and to maintain its unique beauty and character now and in the future.


  1. Proposals are accepted from nonprofits, municipalities, community organizations or civic entities serving residents of Cornwall, Connecticut.  Community groups may apply using a nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent.
  2. Preference is given to organizations that rely primarily on local community support.
  3. Grants will not be awarded retroactively for funds already spent.
  4. Grant requests must either meet one-time needs or serve as seed money for new programs.  Grants are not typically made for operating expenses, ordinary maintenance, or the liquidation of debt.
  5. All organizations receiving grants must submit a report on the outcome of the funded program within two months of the expenditure of the grant funds.

The Foundation does not support organizations that in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief.

The Foundation Board meets four times a year to award grants, generally in February, May, August, and November.  A grant application must be received in the Foundation post office or email box on or before the last day of the month preceding the month in which grants will be made.


Complete and submit your application securely online*

*Please be sure to download, complete and attach the Certificate of Non-Discrimination if you are submitting your application online.

Download and print the application here, then e-mail or mail to the Cornwall Foundation.

For the protection of the environment, please make every effort to fill out your application on-line and e-mail to Additional documents requested should be scanned and e-mailed.