Our Response to COVID-19

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The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is offering immediate support to communities in Connecticut responding to current events related to COVID-19. 

We invite you to apply for funding to give urgent support to our communities. This support could include crisis response that addresses the physical, social, emotional wellbeing and safety of those most affected by racism and poverty.

Please note: grants will be restricted to 501(c)3 or fiscally sponsored groups in Connecticut. Preference will be given to current grantees. Requests over $10,000 should contain specifics about the direct response applicants have in mind, a budget, and how the proposed response is keeping with the organization's capacity and experience. 

We recognize that there are many important needs arising during this crisis. However, we are not funding the following requests at this time: 

  • Funding assistance for core staff and work that is the regular work for organizations,

  • Lost wages or salary income for individuals or organizational staff,

  • Replacing the value of anticipated lost revenue for organizations,

  • Requests from school districts for staff, equipment or technology for distance learning programs, and  

  • All requests for work done outside of Connecticut or from organizations based outside Connecticut that may do work in Connecticut.

Apply here using the simple online application:



WCGMF is taking the following measures to maximize safety for all and to minimize the financial impact to our grantees:

  1. The WCMGF offices are closed until further notice.
  2. WCGMF staff are working remotely and are available by telephone or videoconference during regular business hours.
  3. On site meetings and convenings will be rescheduled, if possible. We are not accepting new requests for convening at this time.
  4. Processing of payments will be modified to reduce the risk of virus exposure and contamination to staff, grantees and the public. We are striving to be as efficient as possible so that grantees and partners can continue to provide essential services to their communities. We welcome your feedback as we develop this new process.

We are monitoring the situation, in real-time, and having constant dialogue with our community partners. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Officer or reach out to our Grants Manager Rachel Murphy at rmurphy@wcgmf.org with any questions or concerns.

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Two meeting rooms are available for use by nonprofits, local and state agencies. They may be used for meetings, workshops, trainings, retreats, or similar purposes.

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The Archives contain information about the Discovery initiative and previous grant opportunities related our previous mission.

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