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.


2020 Aurora Grant Opportunity for College Completion Programs

The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation announces a grant opportunity with funds to be awarded in Summer 2020.  The Aurora Foundation is the only free-standing foundation in Connecticut focused solely on supporting women and girls.  Since 2000, Aurora has invested over $890,000 in more than 55 programs in Greater Hartford, each aimed at improving the lives of women and girls in the region.

Eligible organizations are those running programs serving women and girls in Greater Hartford by providing critical academic support and other services designed to enable a greater number of women to complete their college education and fulfill their graduation requirements.  The Foundation’s Aurora Report reveals that completing college is critical to a woman’s economic stability and wellbeing.  For many women in Greater Hartford, reaching graduation requires academic and social supports that meet their distinct needs.  Together, by developing, funding and delivering strategic solutions for local women in college, we can make substantial individual, family and community impact.

To be eligible for a grant from the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, your organization must meet the following guidelines:

  • Your organization must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or must be a governmental, educational or research institution with tax-exempt status.
  • Your grant proposal must be for a program based in Greater Hartford that impacts women and girls.
  • Your grant proposal must be for a program that aims to increase the college completion rate of women and girls in Greater Hartford.

Total grant funding available for 2020 is $110,000.  We expect to fund 4-6 programs.

Please submit a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages describing program and amount requested) no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12, to the attention of Jennifer Steadman, at  Organizations selected to submit full proposals will be contacted by the end of February.

Click GRANTMAKING GUIDELINES 2020 to see guidelines for Letters of Intent and Grant deadlines.

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