Grants & Awards

Latest Updates / Press

2021 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award Honoree:
Andrea Kwaczala, Ph.D

2021 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Student Leadership Award:
Sivani Arvapalli

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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:

The Petit Family Foundation (PFF) is closely following the COVID 19 news and the impact on the health and safety of our small staff and our local community.  We are happy to announce that for 2022, PFF is planning on two grant submission cycles for the spring and fall.

The 2022 Fall Grants Timeline

Our 2022 Fall Grants Submission Period: Monday September 26, 2022 – Friday October 7, 2022 by noon.

Please note that when the grants submitted during this period totals more than 150% of our grants budget, the grant submission period will be closed

For submissions electronically received the Grant Committee will review and Final Decisions will be made by: November 11, 2022

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

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. Reporting on the results of the grant are required to be funded. If your grant is funded, reporting on the results of the grant, as stated above, is required to continue any future funding.
  • 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.

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:
[email protected]

Grant 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.

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 $10,000/$20,000 to $50,000+. 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.

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.