News & Updates

Foundation News & Updates

February 2020: Grant Funding opened February 7, 2020 and will close on March 20, 2020 at 5 PM. Since 2014, the Foundation has provided $1,021,315 in grant awards to organizations working with individuals who have been impacted by 12/14/12 and to strengthen the community as a whole to support one another.

Grant Application Guidelines –Please contact Program Director, Lucie Connell for a grant application.

Per our mission, the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation provides funding for 501(c)(3) organizations that are working to support recovery efforts with groups and individuals impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook School on 12/14/12.

 The Foundation is eager to partner with organizations that:

  • Focus and emphasize direct service to those most impacted starting with the families of victims, surviving SHS students and staff, emergency responders, and others suffering traumatic effects from 12/14/12
  • Recognize the importance of connecting individuals and groups to cohesive relationships and who have a record of doing so in the community
  • Actively collaborate with other community organizations to complement services and create a network of support
  • Offer programs and services that are supported by research and best practices in the field of trauma and disaster recovery
  • Make data informed decisions in programming and planning
  • Demonstrate solid sustainability plans

How Grant Decisions Are Made & Funding Notification

This is a competitive grant process.  All proposals will be reviewed by the SHSSF Distribution Committee.  Each proposal is evaluated with respect to available dollars and alignment with our priority areas for this round of funding.  During the review process, staff or committee members may initiate contact with an organization if additional information is needed or if a site visit is requested.  After careful review members of the Distribution Committee of the Fund will make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.  It is expected that all applicants will be notified by e-mail or mail no later than the final week in May 2020 regarding funding decisions.

Application Process

To be considered for funding, we ask that you submit a proposal based on the specific guidelines.  For questions about this grant opportunity please contact Lucie Connell, Program Director email ( or phone (203-461-2233)  Proposals must be submitted by the deadline of 5:00pm on March 20, 2020.   Submissions must be sent electronically to

November 2019- Community Foundation Constricting 2020 Benefit Disbursements 2020 Benefit Disbursements

October 3, 2017- The Foundation released the results of its 4th annual community needs assessment. View report here – 2017 NSHCF Community Assessment Report

June 20, 2017 – The Foundation announced grant recipients for its spring funding cycle – NSHCF PressRelease spring grant awards.

April 27 & 28, 2017 – The Foundation sponsored a training for area clinicians in the Complicated Grief Treatment Model from Columbia University. To learn more about the training please click here NSHCF PressRelease 5-9-2017 CGT.

February 1, 2017 – Please click here for a press release on the latest information related to the Foundation.

September 14, 2016 -The Foundation released findings from its third annual community survey. To download a copy of the report please click here 2016-nshcf-community-assessment-report

July 14, 2016 – The Foundation is grateful to Booked Parties for supporting us as they make their launch into Fairfield County! For further information please click here Booked Parties Press Release or visit Booked Parties by clicking on their logo below.


December 3, 2015 – The Foundation was a proud sponsor of the 2015 Love Wins Mental Health Conference held on December 3 with Dr. Bruce Perry.  For more information visit

April 8, 2015 – The Foundation released the findings from the 2nd community-wide survey. To view and download the full report please click here 2015 Community Assessment Report

March 4, 2015The Foundation today announced updates regarding the long-term plan of the Foundation as well as recent changes to the board of directors and distribution committee membership.  For more information please click here NSHCF PressRelease 3-4-2015

January 21, 2015 – The Distribution Committee of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund announces their second community assessment survey. Members of the Newtown community are asked to take 10 minutes before February 6th to fill out this survey ( so that your voice can be heard and the Committee can get as accurate a picture as possible of the needs and feelings in the community. The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.

December 1, 2014 – The Foundation announces a second round of funding availability and requests for proposals as outlined in this RFP (request for proposals) NSHCF RFP 11 2014.  Grant applications are due on December 19, 2014.

August 26, 2014 – The Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Wheeler Clinic to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for every teacher in Newtown. If you are interested in being trained & certified in either Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid please click here to learn more – Mental Health First Aid

July 3, 2014 – On June 16, 2014 the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. took over the administrative oversight of the Collaborative Recovery Fund, formerly overseen by the United Way of Western CT.  Click here for a press released issued jointly by the Collaborative Recovery Fund partners – Collaborative Recovery Fund partners issue update

May 31, 2014 – Community Connections – A Day of Shared Experiences.  The day included: a community service provider fair, a keynote speaker discussing community response to trauma, opportunities to hear from others who have been impacted by similar tragedies, breakfast, childcare, resources, art event, and more!  To view the keynote address given by Dr. Kevin Becker, please click here – Dr. Kevin Becker Keynote Address at 5/31/14 Community Connection Event.

April 7, 2014 – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. announces notice of funding availability and requests for proposals as outlined in this RFP – NSHCF RFP 4.2014.  The announcement addresses funding recommendations outlined in a recent report published by the Foundation (see below).

March 31, 2014 – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. has released a report of findings from a public input process into the needs of the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14/12.  The 2nd Distribution Committee of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund used the findings to make decisions regarding the release of funds into the community.  To read the report please click 3.2014 Report of Public Input into SHSSF