Awards Request Background and Process
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.
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.
As we are a relatively new Foundation (8 years old in December 2007) and still building our financial resources, we currently fund only programs/projects rather than individuals. The Board of Directors believes this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the dollars expended. The granting of awards is always informed and guided by the Foundation’s mission statement. There are also the practical considerations of budget and the competition from other concurrent grant applications which are also being considered.

A committee (currently 6 people) appointed by the Board of Directors reads requests 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 its approval and endorsement. Given our quarterly application process, applications will fall into 3 categories: grant is approved and funded (fully or partially), grant is denied, and grant has merit but given budget concerns will be re-considered in the next cycle (no action necessary by the applicant).

The vast majority of our grant awards tend to be in the $2500 to $15,000 range. The Grant Committee, with the entire Board of Directors, makes a decision on one Signature Grant yearly ($50-100,000 range). We have already given this grant for 2016 so any other grants applications in the > $25,000 range will likely be deferred to 2017. If you have a desire to submit a grant > $25,000 up to $100,000 you should contact the PFF office (860-479-1436) so we can set up a meeting with a member(s) of the BOD and/or grants committee to determine if the potential application is in an area that the BOD wants to support that particular year. Please keep these award ranges in mind when filling out an application. Due to a large increase in grant requests (300% higher this year than at this time a year ago), our priorities are programs within the state (though we have funded programs in multiple states) and specifically, with regard to educational needs, we focus on science programs for girls and young women. We try to support educational programs that are new, discrete, and focus on science with an emphasis on girls/women. We prefer to fund equipment and supplies and tend to avoid paying for salary/benefits as we cannot guarantee ongoing funding.

***For the remainder of 2016 our funding is limited due to ongoing commitments and heavy applications in the past 2 quarters.

Thus we will only accept applications for this quarter (2nd quarter 2016) until 4/30/16 with final decisions made by 6/30/16. We will begin to accept applications for the remainder of the year starting 7/1/16 through 7/29/16 with final decisions made by 9/6/16.

Grant requests to support causes directly related to the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION’s mission may be made at any time (see schedule noted above) by completing a Grant Request Form. Grant Request Forms are available here or by mail from the Petit Family Foundation, PO Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062, (860) 479-1436, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications must be typewritten.


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Jun 23 - Fairfield students earn National MS Society scholarships
Jun 23 - Petit Foundation Gives $248,000 To Support Women In Science
Jun 21 - PFF Golf Tournament
Jun 13 - Photos—Grace Academy rising 8th graders at Copper Beech Institute
Jun 9 - Hayley's Hope & Michaela's Miracle MS Scholarship Awards
Jun 8 - ACE recognizes top students with ice cream social
Jun 7 - Photos—Rotary Scholarship Award Winners
Jun 7 - Photos—Michaela's Garden, Walnut Hill Park New Britain with Lincoln School Kids
Jun 6 - Plainville students awarded community service scholarships
Jun 5 - Board of education honors leadership of 2 Plainville students
Jun 4 - Photos—Michaela's Garden, Plainville Public Library Dedication
Jun 2 - Photos—PFF Be The Change Community Service Awards, Plainville HS and Cheshire HS
May 25 - Jackson Laboratory Announces Petit Family Foundation Summer Student Program Fellow
May 24 - Wings and Wheels for charity in Plainville
May 23 - Wings and Wheels returns to Plainville airport June 11
May 20 - Video—Tiny Miracles featured on Here And Now WABC-TV
May 20 - Grant Award - Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, Wesleyan University
May 20 - SAVE THE DATE - June 10 - Arts From The Heart PFF Fundraiser
May 20 - Michaela's Garden Dedication Ceremony at the Plainville Public Library
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May 9 - WFSB partners with Petit Family Foundation for Michaela’s Garden Project
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