Grantmaking Information

Submitting a 2017 application

1.) Please download and read thoroughly the attached document with the Foundation's new 2017 Grantmaking Priorities.

2.) Email or call the Foundation Administrator ( or 860-681-7599) to discuss your proposed application and to receive permission to submit an application.

3.) An application submitted without prior approval will not be reviewed.

Mission: The James H. Napier Foundation is committed to helping non-profit organizations meet the existing and emerging needs of children, youth and families living in Meriden and Wallingford, CT.

Vision: The James H. Napier Foundation is committed to:

• Making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, individuals, and neighborhoods in Meriden and Wallingford.

• Providing leadership for the well-being of children and youth.

• Assisting children and families overcome poverty and systemic disadvantage.

• Maintaining an active, engaged Board of Trustees with members whose values align with the Foundation's mission and priorities.

• Being a collaborative partner with other funders and non-profit organizations that support the Meriden and Wallingford communities.

Grantmaking Strategies:

1.) Provide support to healthy and viable organizations that:

• Demonstrate strong and effective leadership and management.

• Operate according to a strategic plan with clarity, identifying sustainability and future goals.

• Do not duplicate existing services but collaborate with other organizations, when and where appropriate.

• Can demonstrate that the grant funding will have an immediate impact and also have a longer-term benefit to the organization and its beneficiaries.

• Can demonstrate that the grant funding (if designed to fill a gap created by state budget cuts) will make a significant difference for the organization, its beneficiaries and its promotion of long-term organizational sustainability.

2.) Increase emphasis on prevention:

• Support programs that invest early, address root causes, and help to prevent problems from occurring or becoming more pronounced and costly to address in the future.



2017 Grantmaking Priorities


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
        --Margaret Mead


Grant Deadlines: 

January 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

September 30, 2017


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