Responsive Grants 

We, the leaders of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, are deeply concerned for what the campaign and elections results will mean for those of us targeted by the White Supremacist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic ideology and language. We know how terrifying these last fews days have been for many and just how uncertain the future is looking.

We stand – and act – in opposition to the dehumanizing hatred and vitriol expressed in this election cycle. As an organization, we aspire to meet hatred with love and action, divisiveness with community-building and inclusion, and ignorance with education and support. As communities in Connecticut organize to oppose the racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other systems of oppression given fresh voice and power in this election, we want to offer immediate support.

In response, the Memorial Fund is offering immediate support to communities in Connecticut responding to current and emerging threats, trauma and/or harassment related to these manifestations of hate and bias and oppression.

We invite you to apply for funding and/or meeting space to give immediate, urgent support to these communities. This support could include gatherings, nonviolent direct action, crisis response or therapeutic support that address the physical, social, emotional wellbeing and safety being threatened.

Please use the online application to submit your request for support. It is our intent to move funds as quickly as possible to meet the needs in the community.

You are not alone; we are with you. More than ever, we are committed to our mission of creating equity by working with people affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.

Bill Graustein, David Addams, & Lisa Graustein

Director’s Discretionary Fund 

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is fortunate to be able to provide modest support for special community projects. Grants of up to $5,000 are made at the discretion of the executive director, and grants of up to $10,000 are made at the discretion of the lead trustee and the executive director.

To apply, mail or email a request on your organization’s letter head addressed to David Addams, executive director. Please include the following information in the letter: a brief description of the project, amount requested, and timeframe. Also, include a copy of your 501(c)(3) letter of determination.

Although the discretionary grants are not restricted by the guidelines of our strategic requests for proposal processes, please pay attention to our mission and strategic approaches in order to know what we will likely find worth funding outside of our current grant options.

Racial Equity Training and Support Grant 

The Racial Equity Training and Support Grant provides up to $10,000 for groups interested in either engaging in a training about structural racism, creating spaces for racial affinity groups, or seeking to build upon a previous racial equity training.

Before you begin to fill out the online application:

  • Have your organization’s or fiscal sponsor’s 501(c)3 information available
    • Tax ID number
    • Electronic IRS Letter of Determination (to be uploaded)
  • Have budget information available
    • Total budget for training
    • Request Amount for the Memorial Fund
    • Other Funding Sources
    • Projected Expenses (This should correspond to the total project budget)
  • Review a full application 

Once you have familiarized yourself with the application, begin the online submission process. If you do not have a Gifts Online or Blackbaud Grantmaking account you will need to create a new account by clicking on “New Applicant?”.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel at

Technical Assistance Support for Program Focus Area Grantees 

Please note that the deadline for 2019 Technical Assistance Grants has passed.  Please watch this site for 2020 Technical Assistance Grants


In an effort to support you in the disruptive and transformative work that leads to equity in education the Memorial Fund has designed a Technical Assistance (TA) request process for our Equity Program Grant Partners. This TA support is intended to enhance technical skills, expand social networks and strengthen organizational stability, especially when resources are not available through existing grant. Memorial Fund Equity Program Grant Partners can request up to $4,000 of TA support annually for:

A. Training and Skill Building: this type of request is meant to enhance or supplement existing professional development opportunities for paid and volunteer staff, engaged leaders (parents, youth, community), and board members to build skills, and for specialized knowledge.

B. Coaching: this type of request is meant to help facilitate access or subsidize the cost of one-to-one coaching support with “vetted” field experts or process experts who have resources and knowledge that can benefit Grant Partners work and staff. Grant Partners will choose coaches at their own discretion for the specific needs and purposes of their organization.

C. Organizational Development: this type of request is meant to support the long-term development of the Grant Partner group’s structure, and capacity. The opportunities will support process facilitators for reflection and planning efforts as well as enhancing support that will help build and stabilize overall infrastructure.

D. Healing and wellness: this type of request is meant to support efforts that address the well-being of Grant Partner staff and community members directly involved the work.

Key review and decision making will consider:
•Relevance to efforts described in your current Grant Memorandum of Agreement
•Alignment with Memorial Fund’s mission and strategic approaches
•Availability of limited TA resources
•Request for work that has already been completed will not be considered

This is not a grant. If approved, the Memorial Fund will pay your selected TA provider’s invoices directly or reimburse for expenses paid by the Grant Partner. The proposed TA activities must be completed by the end of the approved grant period. In addition, invoices should be reviewed and signed by a designated organizational contact, then submitted to no later than December 15, 2019.

Note: Staff time and other expenses covered in the existing grant cannot be covered with these resources.

Please click
here to complete the application due before December 1, 2019
For help please email Rachel at