Application and Funding Guidelines

The Gawlicki Family Foundation welcomes grant applications from any qualified 501(c)(3) organization in New England that has an innovative idea in one of our focus areas. Criteria that we consider mandatory include:

Selection Criteria

  • Projects that clearly fit within one or more of our focus areas
  • Organizations or programs where foundation resources have the potential for significant impact
  • Innovative and effective model programs with potential for replication by others in our focus areas
  •  Organizations with existing or the potential for strong organizational leadership/governance
  • Organizations that have demonstrated fiscal responsibility

The Gawlicki Family Foundation Does Not Fund

  • Organizations that discriminate based on religion, gender, race, ethnicity, political beliefs, or disabilities.
  •  Lobbying or political activities
  • Commercial business purposes
  •  Any litigation that is underway, contemplated, or completed.
  •  Direct grants to individuals

All applications should be submitted using our standard grant  Application Form. Supplemental materials may be provided in addition to the information on the application form. Applicants who progress beyond the application step should be prepared to present their proposals to our staff at an in-person meeting.


Measuring progress toward our goals in our focus areas 

Our foundation is committed to carefully and expeditiously evaluating each grant request that is submitted to us. To do this, we will need to learn about your organization, its long-term goals, how you will use the funds requested to achieve those goals, and how you will measure the success of your proposed project.

In evaluating grant requests, our foundation requests specific information on the grantee’s proposed program. Among other information requested on the application, the grantee should clearly address the following five questions:

  • WHO will be responsible for implementing the project and what in their background prepares them to do so?
  • WHAT is novel about the program – what will change?
  • HOW LONG will be required to implement the project?
  • HOW MUCH change will occur? What will the level of accomplishment be?
  • HOW WE WILL KNOW the change occurred? How will the change be MEASURED?

Additionally, the foundation is also looking for programs that incorporate the best available scientific practices and, except where prohibitive in cost or time, use widely accepted approaches and metrics to evaluate their effectiveness.


Contact Us today for the proper forms to submit your grant proposals to our foundation. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, our foundation serves all of New England. Those with creative ideas for change outside of New England are also encouraged to apply.