Employment & Educational Opportunity Fund

2016 Grantees, please submit your report here.

Our  Employment and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides modest, highly flexible support for the employment related expenses, educational and training aspirations of homeless or formerly homeless individuals. Grants are made to Connecticut nonprofit providers on an annual basis, up to $7,500. Through the issuance of this RFP we hope to continue to expand the reach of this program to organizations within Connecticut. We anticipate awarding 10-12 EOF grants each year. The application deadline for 2016 has passed. 

The EOF has its origins in queries from activists and providers who had been unable to obtain the relatively small sums that would enable those experiencing or exiting homelessness to cover costs related to attendance and participation such as:

day care
certificate/licensing fees

Since the EOF was launched in 1994, more than 100 EOF grants have been awarded to over 40 community organizations in Connecticut – totaling over $950,000. The uses of these funds have been creative, diverse, and cost-effective, serving adults and youth. The decision-making structures created to determine grant recipients at each organization have been equally inventive – from mini grant proposals to peer review processes. Those groups that have broadly advertised and removed barriers to accessing funds, emphasized accountability and offer staff support and follow-up typically have the most success.

The EOF criteria remain simple. All funds:

Application Guidelines:

Only those agencies already providing services to those experiencing homelessness or those recently exiting homelessness in Connecticut may apply.  We require:

Please contact Rebecca Allen, Program Officer, with any questions.