People’s United Community Foundation: New York and Tri-State Funders

OVERVIEW: The People’s United Community Foundation supports community development, youth development, and affordable housing in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

FUNDING AREAS: Community development, youth development, affordable housing

IP TAKE: This is a great funder to know in both the Tri-State Area and further north in the New England states for nonprofits that operate where People’s Bank has locations.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation (PUCF) is the charitable arm of People’s United Bank. The bank established the foundation with $60 million to serve communities that the bank operates in. The foundation aims to “invest in programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents, promote the economic development and well-being of neighborhoods and support the educational and developmental needs of children and youth, with special emphasis given to programs and services in low-income areas.” Grantmaking includes community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

Within these categories, PUCF prioritizes programs that serve low-income communities; programs that promote self-sufficiency and economic stability; and programs that improve education and academic advancement. Facilitating affordable housing and homeownership opportunities are also important to this funder. PUCF specifically prioritizes programs that help people with special needs, at-risk children and youth, and the elderly.

PUCF grants are typically between $2,500 and $10,000. View a list of recent grantees on the funder’s website. The foundation is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut and focuses much of its grantmaking on this region. Overall, PUCF serves communities in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The foundation does not support capital campaign requests, and it accepts only one application per organization in a 12-month period.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests from nonprofits in the region. The application process is all online, and the funder lists current grant cycle deadlines on its website. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 203-338-6111 or to individual staff members via email.


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