Ensworth Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Ensworth Charitable Foundation supports arts and culture, human services, health, education, and humanities in Hartford, Connecticut and the surrounding communities.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, human services, health, education, humanities

IP TAKE: This funder invests in a range of efforts in the Hartford area. Ensworth will consider nearly any local nonprofit cause.

PROFILE: Established in 1948, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation is a private foundation based in Connecticut. The foundation’s major donor is Antoinette L. Ensworth. The foundation aims to support educational, cultural, human services, religious, and health care programming for underserved populations in Hartford, Connecticut, and its surrounding communities. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Connecticut office. Grantmaking includes arts and culture, human services, health, education, and humanities.

This funder supports a wide range of causes at the local level. Past grantees include the Hartford Public Library’s Lifelong Learning for Older Adults. Overall, the foundation supports organizations that aid underserved populations. Other local grantees include Hartford’s Camp Courant, Middlesex Hospital, Teach for America, My Sister’s Place, and the Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation.

Foundation grants are often between $15,000 and $50,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Hartford, Connecticut. However, the funder occasionally supports the communities surrounding Hartford. It typically makes grants for one-year periods, but sometimes it awards multi-year grants as well. The foundation does not support an organization for more than three consecutive years.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is January 15, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by mail within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ct.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 860-244-4870.


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