The Aurora Foundation grantmaking program

The Aurora Foundation currently focuses its grant making on Hartford area women’s college success programs.  Aurora’s goal through its grant making is to empower more women to complete their college education, therefore enabling them to better their lives and those of their families.  Aurora prides itself in not just funding effective programs, but also being a resource and partner. Our grantees receive guidance, from the application process through final reporting of outcomes and impact.

Together, by developing, funding and delivering strategic solutions for local women in college, we can make substantial individual, family and community impact.


What difference does a college degree make?

The data shows a direct correlation between level of education and earning potential. In Hartford County, women of color and low income graduate with post-secondary degrees at significantly lower rates than their counterparts. The ramifications on family economy are tremendous, as females in Hartford County are more than twice as likely as males to be the single head of a family household.

Lack of a post-secondary degree locks women and their families into the cycle of poverty, as they lack the necessary qualifications for higher-salary jobs.  By investing in college-retention programs, we help women overcome the barriers to obtaining higher education and earn degrees that secure a living wage, significantly reducing their rate of dependency on welfare and other supplemental services. This effectively improves the quality of life for individuals and families, and the social and economic vitality of our communities.


The Aurora Foundation is not currently accepting new grant applications.  Please continue to check back for future opportunities.  Thank you!

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