Application Process

To be eligible for grants from the Foundation, organizations must:

  • Have non-profit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Have programs located in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan or Westport
  • Have community support
  • Address community needs
  • Have measurable outcomes
  • Demonstrate fiscal and administrative responsibility

The First County Bank Foundation does not support the following: Individuals; Capital/Endowment Campaigns; Fundraising Events; Sponsorship Opportunities; Trips/Tours/Conferences; Deficit Spending/Debt Liquidation; Religious organizations, unless stated program is for the benefit of the community; Private/Parochial Schools; Organizations that discriminate in any way; Organizations not open to the public; Political causes.

Standard Grants

Our priority areas of focus are programs that: 

  • Support community and economic development such as job skills training and placement, initiatives to promote independence and self-sufficiency, meeting food, clothing, health and shelter needs, senior services and family support programs
  • Increase the availability of affordable housing and programs that support quality of life including supportive and transitional housing, housing rehabilitation programs and first time homebuyer initiatives
  • Provide educational enrichment for families and children including mentoring programs, summer activities, funding for college classes and parenting classes 

Grant requests supporting specific programs will be given priority over requests for general operating support. Standard Grant Application forms are accepted from January 1st to March 31st each year. You may download a printable Standard Grant Application form.


CommunityFirst Grants

CommunityFirst Grant Program Forms are accepted from January 1st to December 31st for grant requests of:

  • $2,500 and under (if your organization supports community or economic development or children and families)
  • $1,000 and under (if your organization falls outside of the grant parameters)

Applications to the Community First Grant Program are reviewed quarterly. We will contact you as soon as a decision is made.

Applicants should send completed Grant Application Forms to:

First County Bank Foundation, Inc.
117 Prospect Street
Stamford, CT 06901

Attn: Karen Kelly
Vice President, First County Bank Foundation, Inc.