Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Foundation or grant application process or eligibility?

Please contact June Holaday directly at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

Do I have to have a nonprofit designation?

Yes. Your organization must be exempt from federal income taxation as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), other acceptable 501(c) status, or be a governmental unit referred to in Section 170(c)(1) of the Code.

What communities does the bank serve?

The Bank serves communities in eastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.

Do the funds have to be used in the Bank’s communities?

Yes. Although the nonprofit does not need to be located in the bank’s communities, the funds must be used to improve the quality of life in the communities Chelsea Groton serves.

What is an appropriate request amount for a grant?

A nonprofit may request any dollar amount. Past grants have typically ranged between $500 and $5,000 awards. The foundation board may approve funding requests at a different dollar amount than requested. View the list of Spring 2019 recipients here.

What is the project budget?

The total project budget is a breakdown showing the detailed costs of the project for which funding are requested. The foundation needs a detailed description stating how the funds will be used. The Project Budget can be uploaded on the Attachments page of the application.

What financial information is required?

On the “Request Information” page of your application, you will provide the Total Income and Expenses from the last 2 fiscal years. On the Attachments page, you will upload your most recent 990 Return Form.

What are the deadlines for submission?

Applications are accepted year-round and grants are awarded twice per calendar year. Those applications received by the third Friday in April will be reviewed and awarded in May. Those received by the third Friday in September will be reviewed and awarded in October.

 

 

May I apply for a grant in both Spring and Fall cycles?

Organizations are permitted to receive ONLY one grant in any calendar year. If organizations apply and are turned town, they may apply again in the same calendar year.

How do I submit a grant application?

To begin the Chelsea Groton Foundation’s grant application process, you must first create an account in our online application system. New in 2018, all applications must be submitted online. No emailed or US Mailed applications will be accepted. If you cannot use the online application, please contact June Holaday at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

Do I have to create an account to access the online application?

Yes. An account is required in order to access and submit an online application. If you previously created an account, you may use the existing account, provided you still have your User Name and Password. If you cannot use the online application, please contact June Holaday at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

What if I forget my password?

Go to the Account Login page and follow the instructions to retrieve a lost or forgotten password.

Is my password case-sensitive?

Yes. Please be sure to write down your password just as you created it.

Can I print a copy of the online application to review and prepare my answers, before I actually begin the application?

Yes. Each page has a Printer Friendly link on the top right corner for a PDF copy of the application.

If I am in the middle of writing my application, can I save it and continue working later?

Yes. Click “Save and Finish Later” at the bottom of the page, and the information you have entered will be stored for later retrieval.

I saved my application from a previous session. How do I get to it?

To complete and submit your application, log into Your Account. Open the IN PROGRESS application, complete it and submit. You will receive a confirmation email of your submission.

Does the online application have a spell check feature?

Yes, all of the narrative questions have a spell check feature.

How do I submit attachments in the online system?

Applicants must upload ALL required documents to the online application. Follow the instructions on the Attachments page of the online application. Attachments may be submitted in Adobe PDF, Microsoft WORD or Microsoft Excel formats.

I submitted an application, but forgot to add an attachment. What should I do?

Please contact June Holaday at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

How can I tell if my application has been received by The Chelsea Groton Foundation?

When you click “Submit” you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application with a copy of your submitted application. This is why it is very important to enter your e-mail address accurately when creating your account. 

Once an application has been submitted, can it be retrieved or edited by the applicant?

You may view your application in your Account History. If you need to make edits please contact June Holaday at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

Is my organization’s information secure when I apply online?

The Chelsea Groton Foundation takes your privacy seriously. We do not rent, sell or share personal information about grant applications with other people or with nonaffiliated companies or organizations, without your prior permission.

If I am awarded a grant, are there specific guidelines for submitting grant reports?

Once approved, grantees must submit all interim and final reports online through our online application system as required in their grant agreement, unless otherwise specified.

 

Whom should I contact if I have a question concerning the online application?

Please contact June Holaday at 860-448-4105 or jholaday@chelseagroton.com.

 

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