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Grant Application and Guidelines

2021 Grant Applications must be submitted by:

April 12, 2021   •   September 16, 2021

Note: The grant review and decision making process takes approximately 8 weeks from the grant submissions deadline date.


Community Awards Program

Our Annual Community Awards Program allows each Ion Bank customer to vote for their favorite non-profit organization to help the Ion Bank Foundation decide where to donate funds. Enrolled non-profits will receive a donation of $25 from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote for their organization. Voting takes place annually from February 1 through March 31. In 2020, 201 local organizations received funds totaling $70,050.

We are very proud of this giving program and hope you will partner with the Ion Bank Foundation to help us, help local non-profit organizations in our community.


The Ion Bank Foundation

As a community mutual bank, we believe that reinvesting in our communities is our most important duty and a fundamental part of our mission. Established in 1998, the Foundation has grown from an initial $2 million contribution by the Bank to more than $12.5 million in assets, through earnings and additional contributions. Since its inception in 1998, cumulative grants for purposes ranging from improving social services to enhancing the arts have exceeded $8.8 million.

The Ion Bank Foundation contributes annually to a wide range of organizations such as health, education, economic development, human and social services, and the arts.  We partner with non-profit organizations by providing direct support to make our communities a better place to live, work and prosper. Our vision is to build a legacy of good works and to preserve funds to continue those good works in perpetuity.

If you are interested in reviewing the Ion Bank Foundation guidelines or submitting an application for a grant and proposed project budget, please click on the links at the top of the page.


Jane Doe No More

Waterbury Youth Services – YFFS Program

Salvation Army – Waterbury Shelter