Grants & Awards

Latest Updates / Press

2023 Grants Awarded list announced.

2022 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award Honoree:
Dr. Maria Chrysochoou

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The Children’s Museum awarded Petit Grant for reopening of Early Childhood Learning Lab Read the Press Release

To our Community and Grantees:

We are happy to announce that for 2024, PFF is planning on two grant submission cycles for the spring and fall.

Our 2024 Fall Grants Submission Period:

The Fall PFF grant submission process will start on:  September 23rd to September 25th.
Once the grant funding requests have reached its 150% of budget allotment, the submission process will be closed.

For submissions electronically received the Grant Committee will review and Final Decisions will be made by:  November 1, 2024

We hope that you, your families and neighbors are well and we thank you for your partnership over the years.

Grant Process & 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 Petit Family Foundation Grants Committee puts a significant focus on the following criteria:

  • Mission Alignment with the 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.
  • Only organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code are eligible to apply.
  • Other Criteria:
    • Prior grant recipients are eligible to apply for an additional grant if the organization meets the current eligibility requirements and has provided a Grants Impact Report with measurement results and outcomes from any prior grant
    • 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 program-related equipment, materials, and supplies to run the program 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.

Grant Requests

Grant requests to support causes directly related to the Petit Family Foundation’s mission will be accepted during the indicated schedule.

Use the form above or contact us to receive it by mail.

Submit completed forms to:

Grant Impact Reports

Use the form below to submit grant reports.

Grant Types

The Petit Family 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.

Currently, the Petit Family Foundation does not fund unsolicited Signature Grant proposals. Typically, the Foundation will reach out to one or more agencies in an area that previously had grant support that the Board of Directors feels they would like to fund. The Grants Committee first considers Signature Grants and then presents them to the Board of Directors for approval. Signature Grants may be for multiple years with the funding request range of $10-$50,000 per year up to a total of $100,000. Signature Grants must meet the current existing Grant Project Support criteria but impact a more substantial number of people. If this is an organization’s initial grant request, you may only apply at the General Impact grant level and not at the Signature Grant level. If you are awarded funding, there is a waiting period of two years before you can apply for another Signature Grant. Recent examples of signature grants are multi-year partnerships with the Community Mental Health Affiliates in New Britain, The Injury Prevention Program at CCMS running the Hayley Petit Fellowship Program, and The Hospital for Special Care Foundation in New Britain. Applicants who apply for grants typically meet with the Grants committee and/or the Board of Directors to present a funding request and, if funded, issue a final report on the program’s outcomes.

The Petit Family Foundation will not generally consider requests for:

  • International organizations
  • Endowment or Medical research endeavors
  • Relatively new entities
  • Political, legislative, or lobbying organizations
  • Individuals or debt reduction, no matter how worthy
  • Organizations that do not regularly file IRS Form 990
  • Major capital campaigns, unless very near completion
  • Primary and secondary schools that charge significant tuition.
  • Very large organizations already supported by robust endowments
  • National or regional organizations, or local branches thereof, that do not have an EIN separate from that of the larger entity
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, etc.

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.


The 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.