People's United Community Foundation

In 2007, People’s United Bank established a $60 million charitable foundation, the People’s United Community Foundation, to help improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods served by People’s United Bank.

Focus areas

People’s United Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that align with our three primary areas of focus and giving priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing:

Affordable Housing

Initiatives that create affordable housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families, and the development and sustaining of safe, clean and desirable neighborhoods.

Community Development

Programs and services that promote self-sufficiency and financial stability for low- to moderate-income residents, and promote economic development and community vitality in low-income neighborhoods.

Youth Development

Programs centered on serving the educational and developmental needs of children and youth, especially in schools and school districts that serve low-income children.

Eligibility guidelines

To be considered for a grant from People's United Community Foundation, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Organization must be operating as a recognized 501(c)3 public charity for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Program/service for which funding is being requested must be operating for a minimum of 12 months and have demonstrated outcomes.
  • Must operate or serve individuals within the cities/towns where People's United Bank branches are located.
  • Grant request must fit within our three areas of focus and align with our giving priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing.

For additional information on our eligibility requirements, please review our Ineligible list.

United Way

People's United Community Foundation supports local United Ways across our footprint through the People's United Bank Employee Match Campaign. Due to this annual giving campaign, grant requests from United Way chapters are not accepted. We are proud of our support to our local United Way chapters, and our long-standing partnerships that have spanned more than 80 years.

Application guidelines

Organizations must also adhere to the following guidelines when submitting a grant application to People’s United Community Foundation:

  • Applications are accepted only during our three open grant application periods. 
  • Funding requests should be for a program or service. Capacity building and capital campaigns are ineligible.
  • Minimum request amount is $2,500. Our average grant is $5,000.
  • Only one grant application will be accepted by an organization during a 12-month period. 
  • Returning grantees should apply during the same grant cycle as previously applied or later, according to our grant application periods.
  • Only one grant will be awarded to an organization per year.

Required Documentation

  • Most recent Audited Financial Statement
    • A nonprofit organization with gross annual revenue of $1 million or more may be required to provide an audited financial statement prepared by an independent CPA.
    • A nonprofit entity with gross annual revenue less than $1 million and at least $750,000 must provide a financial review by an independent CPA.

  • Project and Organization Budget (for fiscal year of funding request)
  • Previous year budget vs. actuals
  • Signed W-9 form
  • Form 990
  • Funding Sources Form

Prepare ahead of time.

Since the Grant Application is accessible only during our open application periods, it helps to be prepared with answers to these the sample questions.

Select outcome measures.

As part of the grant application you will be required to select a minimum of 3 outcome measures. To assist you in identifying the appropriate outcomes for your program, please refer to the Outcome Measurement Reference Guide


Grant Reporting Requirements

People’s United Community Foundation grantees will be required to provide measurable outcomes on the previous year's grant when applying for additional funding. Typically grant reporting notifications will be sent approximately six months after the grant approval date to allow your organization sufficient time to report on your outcomes.


Grant Agreements

Organizations that are granted funding will be required to accept the terms and conditions of the grant, which will indicate the purpose of the grant and use of the funding. We kindly ask that you please confirm your acceptance, by logging into your account at and accepting the terms within 2 weeks of receipt of your grant award notification email.

To accept terms and conditions:

  1. Login to the account used to submit the grant application at
  2. Click on the Requirements tab
  3. Open the PUCF Grant Agreement Form
  4. Click the "I agree" box and submit.
  5. Be sure to thoroughly review the grant agreement letter, as it may be a variation from the requested use of funding described in your application.

Grant Reporting Requirements

Blackbaud Outcomes Progress Updates:

As a grant recipient you will be required to report on the progress of the outcome measures you selected in your grant application. The Outcome reports will be due every six months, until your project end date; which is based on the dates you selected in your grant application as your project start and end date. (For example, if your project start date was 6/1/2018 and your project end date is 6/1/2019, you will be expected to provide the first outcomes update by 12/1/2018, and the second/final update will be due by 6/1/2019).

As your progress updates are due, they will be listed on the home page of your Blackbaud account. To access your account, login to

An email reminder will be sent to the account owner from the following email Please be sure to add this email address to your Whitelist to ensure receipt of notifications.

Please note that the Outcomes Progress Updates allow PUCF, as the funder, to aggregate the data and analyze the collective impact of our grant giving programs. A final report will also need to be submitted upon reapplying for a grant.

Final Report:

In addition to the progress updates you will be required to submit a narrative report with your new application. This report will paint a clear and detailed picture of the previously funded program and aid PUCF in the decision making process. Please use this PUCF Final Report Template and add it to your new grant application on the "attachments" tab.

Grant cycles

People’s United Community Foundation accepts and reviews funding requests on three times per year.

If you are a returning applicant, please refer to the cycles below to determine when your organization is eligible to reapply (from the time of your previous year’s application submission period).

Trimester Open Application Period Grant Decision Month
Cycle 1 November 1-30 February
Cycle 2 March 1-30 June
Cycle 3 July 1-31 October

How to submit an application

Please submit all People’s United Community Foundation applications online through our grant system. No paper applications are accepted.

First Time Applicants

If this is your first time, create an account so you can access your saved and submitted applications at any time. For information on creating an account, download the Getting Started document.

Returning Users

Use the same login information you have used to submit past applications. Access your past application here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please thoroughly review the Application Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements to evaluate organizational eligibility and grant request alignment with People’s United Community Foundation’s funding priorities. If you still have questions, please contact a Foundation representative. 

All applications must be submitted via the People’s United Community Foundation Online Application portal. We do not accept applications or materials through the mail. Please follow the procedures for first-time applicants or returning applicants. 

People’s United Community Foundation only accepts applications during our three open grant application periods – during the months of March, July, and November.

Applicants will receive an email confirmation upon submitting the proposal. Once submitted, every request goes through an evaluation process by the staff and Board of Directors that generally spans 3-4 months. The process includes proposal review, analysis and team discussions. In some circumstances a site visit or additional information may be requested.

Once in the application portal click “Save & Finish Later” which can be found at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to save your work often to ensure information is not lost.

An email will be sent from our grants management service provider from the email address: with a link to access and resume your application, along with a copy of the contents of your application.

You can also access your saved application by logging in to your account at

If you are a returning applicant, please log into your account to access your submitted or saved applications. You can also access your account by typing the following URL into your web browser:   


NOTE: Do not click on “start a new application” to resume a saved application, as this will create a new, blank form. You must log into your existing account to access your in-progress application.


If you are having issues locating your saved application or if it appears that the information you saved in your application is missing, follow this troubleshooting guide.

All further status changes will be communicated by email to the primary contact and alternate contact listed on your application. Decisions will also be posted via status updates on the Online Application "Dashboard," which is visible upon logging in to an applicant’s account at Notification of a decision will be sent 1-2 weeks after the Board of Directors meet. Meetings are held during the grant decision month (refer to Grant Cycle chart).


Notification of a decision will be sent 1-2 weeks after the People’s United Community Foundation Board of Directors meets. Meetings are held during the grant decision month (refer to Grant Cycle chart).

Grant recipients must wait a minimum of 12 months from their last application submission period before the Foundation will consider another request.

Declined organizations must wait at least 12 months from their last application submission period before the Foundation will consider another request.

Grant applications are only accessible during the open application periods. Refer to the sample questions for a preview of what you will find on the application. Applicants can access their submitted applications by logging in to their account. However, changes cannot be made once submitted, unless the Foundation provides access for the purpose of submitting additional information.

You will need to reset your password. Click here to go the sign-in page and request a new password.


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