Funding Guidelines

The Gawlicki Family Foundation welcomes grant applications from any qualified 501(c)(3) organization in Connecticut or the Northeast United States that has an innovative idea in at least one of our focus areas.

The Gawlicki Family Foundation Does Not Fund:

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

Selection Criteria:

  • Project clearly fits within one or more of our focus areas (priority will be given to applications addressing multiple focus areas)
    • Education
    • Pulmonary Health
    • Municipal and Economic Development
  • Level of innovation and effectiveness of proposed program/solution
  • Recipient organization/program (grantee) must have the potential for significant impact when deploying GFF resources
  • Potential for program replication by other organizations in our focus areas
  • Organizations with a proven track record of (or potential for) strong leadership/governance
  • Organizations that have demonstrated fiscal responsibility

Application Requirement:

  • All applications should be submitted using the standard grant application form.

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  • Supplemental materials may be provided in addition to the information on the application form. Applicants who progress beyond the application phase should be prepared to present their proposals to our staff at an in-person meeting.


Measuring progress toward our goals in our focus areas

The Gawlicki Family 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 seven questions:

  1. INNOVATION: What is novel about the program - what will change?
  2. OBJECTIVES: Specific deliverables or proposed outcomes of the program, what will change and how much change will occur? What will the level of accomplishment be? What are the specific goals and outcomes?
  3. MEASUREMENT: How will we know the change occurred? How will the change be measured? What determines success/failure?
  4. BUDGET: What will the GFF funding be used for? How will it be deployed?
  5. TIMELINE: How long will be required to implement the project?
  6. WORKFLOW: Who is responsible for implementing the project and what in their background prepares them to do so?
  7. LOCATION(S): Where will the program be implemented?

Additionally, the foundation is 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.