Grants

ATTENTION: As of Sept 19, 2019 The PFF Grants submission process is CLOSED.  Funding requests have reached 200% of our budget due to high volume of requests. We look forward to hearing from you for our next grant cycle. Thank you.

Timeline for Petit Family Foundation (PFF) Grant Process & Decisions
Fall Grant Timeline
Grants Submission Period Opens: Monday September 9, 2019
Grants Submission Period Closes: Friday noon, September 27, 2019
Grants Decisions and Notifications Deadline: October 25, 2019


MISSION STATEMENT
The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION honors the memories of JENNIFER HAWKE-PETIT, HAYLEY ELIZABETH PETIT and MICHAELA ROSE PETIT by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives.

The Foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.


Awards Request Background
Through the generous donations from our donors—friends, family, colleagues, and others—we have been able to give to many groups whose programs and projects benefit many and are consistent with our mission.
Grant Process and Criteria
The Grant Committee (currently 6 people) is appointed by the Board of Directors and reviews grant proposals as they are received, assesses them on the basis of their direct relevance to the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION’s goals, prioritizes the requests, and then makes recommendations to the full Board for approval and endorsement. During the review process the PFF Foundation Grants Committee puts a significant focus on the following criteria:
    - Mission Alignment with PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION’s mission and goals.
    - Financial and Programmatic Capacity: Successful applicants will show evidence that they are stable, and their program plans give us confidence their work will be sustained beyond our funding.
    - Leadership: Successful applicants will have strong leadership that is collaborative and knowledgeable about the community and the field in which they operate.
    - Measurable Results: We place a high priority on organizations that are able to clearly articulate organizational goals, present a clear plan for achieving results and track outcomes and impact on the people and communities served.
    - Other Criteria:
    • We currently fund programs/projects rather than individuals. The Board of Directors believes this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the dollars expended.
    • We prefer to fund programs including equipment and supplies and tend to avoid paying for salary/benefits as we cannot guarantee ongoing funding.
    • Due to the high volume of grant requests, the Petit Family Foundation gives local New England based non-profit programs priority in our funding determinations.
Types of Grants
The Petit Foundation is pleased to support local communities and does so by funding two different types of grants: General Project Support Grants and Signature Grant. General Project Support Grants are a portion of our awards and tend to be in the $500 to $10,000 range. Most of the funds are used for the programs of organizations, supplies, or projects. A Signature Grant must be considered by The Grant Committee and the entire Board of Directors and may be considered for multiple years, usually in the funding request range of $100,000. A Signature Grant must meet the existing grant criteria and impact a larger number of people. Some examples of Signature Grants are multi-year partnerships with the Health Lodge Channel 3 Kids Camp and Women in Science initiative at the CT Science Center. Meeting with the Foundation’s board to present the funding request and a final report on the outcomes of the program would be required.
Grant requests to support causes directly related to the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION’s mission may be made anytime during the schedule noted above.. Grant Request Forms are available here or by mail from the Petit Family Foundation, PO Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062, (860 479 1436) PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION tries to do as many good actions as possible to counteract the evil that truly exists in world today. We feel that we all must make a commitment to do what we can to make this world a better place.
At the age of 11, MICHAELA PETIT was taken by Gandhi’s quotation, “YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.” The Foundation is helping to “be the change” by funding different programs that are consistent with our mission statement and goals. We are a new Foundation and are mainly funding programs that can help a larger number of people and give our donors and the programs we fund the biggest bang for our investment. We are doing our best to fulfill our mission statement. We want to remember three very special women, JENNIFER LYNN HAWKE-PETIT, HAYLEY ELIZABETH PETIT, and MICHAELA ROSE PETIT, who were ruthlessly taken from us by very evil men who have no place in a moral and just society.
These special women’s futures and abilities that were helping to change the world were destroyed by evil. We need to stand for JENNIFER, HAYLEY, and MICHAELA along with the many other victims of violent crime that are often forgotten by a media uninterested in focusing on the victims and the rights of those left behind. The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION is trying to change the focus towards that which is truly important and that which JENNIFER, HAYLEY, and MICHAELA taught us through their example. We need to replace evil with ACTIVISM, IDEALISM, and KINDNESS.
Specifically, the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION wants to support the second line of our mission statement and help with the education of young people, help those affected by chronic illness and help and protect those affected by violence.

The PFF currently only fund programs (in three areas—education, chronic illness, and helping those affected by violence), rather than individuals, as this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the grants awarded.

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MICHAELA’S GARDEN PROJECT

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upcoming - Saturday, Dec. 7th – Snow date Sunday Dec. 8th, St. Matthew School Craft Fair, 33 Welch Dr., Forestville, 8:30am–3:00pm
upcoming - Thursday, December 12th – Seed Packing, Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St, Plainville, 9:30am-Noon

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HEADLINES

Nov 9 - 15th Annual Lights of Hope Event Held in Cheshire
Nov 9 - Petit Family Foundation donates grant to Interval House in Hartford
Nov 8 - Cheshire’s Lights of Hope happening this weekend
Nov 8 - Interval House Kids Program Gets Petit Family Foundation Grant
Sep 13 - Bus trip offered to Red Sox game at Fenway Park as fund-raiser for St. Paul softball, Petit Family Foundation
Aug 29 - Old Lyme beach association donates summer food profits
Aug 7 - Wings and Wheels raises money for the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Food Pantry
July 24 - Runners turn out in heat; show support for Petit Foundation
July 22 - Photos--Chips Petit Road Race by 4Biz Graphics, LLC
July 21 - Thousands participate in Petit Family 5K despite high temps and humidity
July 21 - 12th Annual Petit Family 5K Road Race held Sunday
July 19 - Runners urged to take precautions ahead of weekend races
June 24 - Whiting Forensic Hospital participates in ‘Michaela’s Garden Project’
June 20 - As it approaches 150 years, Plainville plans celebration for July
June 11 - Petit Family Foundation honors Plainville, Cheshire grads
June 8 - Fellowship in honor of Hayley Petit expands 12 years after Cheshire home invasion
June 6 - Petit Family Foundation honors 2 high school seniors

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