Funding Guidelines and Application Process
Guided by our mission to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is interested in identifying and partnering with organizations whose work fits our funding criteria and Program Focus Areas.
Organizations are invited to apply for one of the three Program Focus Areas. The intent is that all three areas be connected and addressed at some level. We view these Program Focus Areas working together as necessary for transformation. Ultimately, we believe the foundation for transformational change lies in building community power.
- Applicants that clearly and directly address one or more of the Program Focus Areas:
- Building Community Power grants will support groups that are investing in communities of color living in poverty to build power and lead a broader coalition to confront racism and poverty in our schools and society.
- Disrupting Institutional Inequity grants will support groups that are disrupting narratives, practices and structures typical of the ways education and other institutions perpetuate racial and economic disparities.
- Transforming Key Systems grants will support work that is providing new solutions and methods for changing educational structures needed for the success, and ultimately liberation of marginalized communities.
501(c) 3 public charities or groups supported by a 501(c) 3 fiscal sponsor organization
- Efforts narrowly focused on helping individuals navigate oppressive systems, without engaging in changing such systems.
- Private foundations, Type III supporting organizations, or other organizations that require expenditure responsibility by the Foundation
- Sponsorships and Fundraising Events
- Work that is not based in Connecticut
- Extracurricular activities and academic enrichment or assistance programs
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnicity, or disabilities.
- Specific religious activities or organizations that require adherence to a religion or belief
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Direct grants to individuals
- Scholarship programs
- Direct grants to State or Municipal Governments or School Districts
We are committed to creating a more equitable application process that relies more on conversation and dialogue than written words. The following steps are intended to minimize how much time any applicant invests in the application process.
Before you begin, review the Program Focus Areas.
Create an account to complete the Pre-Application questionnaire and Letter of Inquiry.
Inquiries that appear to be aligned with Program Focus Area criteria will be invited to an in-person meeting with Memorial Fund staff.
Applicants who meet criteria will be invited to submit a Final Application online.
Important: Applications not submitted through this process may not be considered for funding.