Assistance for the hungry, the homeless and countless others

Non-profit organizations are the lifeblood of our communities. We're proud to offer monetary support.


In 1998, Dime Bank established The Dime Foundation, enabling us to further our bank's mission of supporting and giving back to the communities we serve. We strive to improve the well-being and quality of life for members of our communities by funding organizations or programs that provide, strengthen, or enhance service to individuals.

About Us

  • The foundation has three grant cycles per year. The grant application can be downloaded here, or obtained directly through Dime Bank.
  •  Grant applications for 2019 are due on March 14, July 11, and October 24.
  • A post-grant report is required within one year of receiving grant funding.
  • For more information, write: Dime Bank Foundation Inc.,c/o Dee Sullivan, Dime Bank, 290 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360; call 860-859-4300; or contact


  • Grants are awarded to organizations that are recognized as exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental units referred to in Section 170( c )(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations that serve the residents of New London County, CT, and the Westerly, RI, area.
  • While there is no limit on how often an organization may apply to the Foundation, funding will be provided to the same organization only once per year.
  • Post-grant reports must be on file for previously funded grants before consideration is given to new requests. Please use the post-grant report provided.


Our funding priorities are focused on projects and organizations that support the following:

  • Affordable housing
  • Basic human services for those considered most at-risk
  • Development/education, job training, or promotion of literacy, especially preventative programs that encourage self-sufficiency
  • Opportunities for collaborative efforts, or that leverage matching dollars
  • Services to at-risk or under-served children, families or the elderly, with emphasis on low/moderate income levels
  • Generally, funding is NOT provided to fund-raising campaigns; organizations that fund other organizations or foundations; political or fraternal organizations; religious institutions; parent-run organizations (such as Parent-Teacher Organizations or Little League)

Towns Served

The Dime Foundation focuses on the following communities when awarding grants:

Connecticut: All of New London County

Rhode Island: Hopkinton, Richmond, Westerly

Board of Directors and Officers

  • Nicholas Caplanson, President
  • David Stanland, Vice President & Treasurer
  • Cheryl Calderado, Vice President
  • Dee Sullivan, Secretary
  • Steven L. Bokoff, Director
  • Lee-Ann Gomes, Director
  • Roland J. Harris, Director
  • Peter Maneri, Director
  • Linda L. Mariani, Esq., Director
  • Robert A. Staley, Director
  • Mark E. Tramontozzi, M.D.,Director

Recent Recipients

Organizations that focus on preventing homelessness and food insecurity, assist victims of domestic violence and mental health issues, provide college preparation assistance and offer emergency services are among the 2019 Dime Foundation grant recipients:

  • Channel 3 Kids Camp: Campership support for children with financial need from New London County.
  • American Red Cross: Funding for disaster support services in NL County.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich: Emergency Basic Needs Program.
  • CRIS Radio: Support for audio recording services for the blind or print-challenged.
  • Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association, Inc.: Funding for beginner gardener classes at Ledyard and Gales Ferry libraries.
  • Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board: Summer Youth Employment and Training Program.
  • Flock Theater: Summer productions to be held at Conn College Wilcox Park.
  • Horse Healing Humans, Inc.: Scholarships for Equine Therapeutic Programs.
  • Higher Edge: General operating support for College Access Program and College Success Program.
  • Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT d/b/a NeighborWorks New Horizons: Security System at Spruce Ridge affordable housing development.
  • New England Science and Sailing Foundation, Inc.: NESS/STEM ocean adventure education programs in New London.
  • New Life Ministry: Programs for recently released female inmates.
  • New London Community Meal Center, Inc.: General operating support for the community meal center.
  • Norwich Community Backpack Program: Back Pack It To School Program.
  • Norwich Community Care Team: Rapid Re-Housing and Shelter Diversion.
  • Norwich Housing Authority: Resident Services Coordinator for Westwood Park and Dorsey Building.
  • Norwich Youth and Family Services: Summer Jam and Learn diversion collaborative.
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters: Community-Based Mentoring Program.
  • S.T.E.P.S. New London: Program expenses for a 2 week Summer Leadership Program.
  • Salt Marsh Opera Company: Children's professional opera program.
  • Safe Futures: Crisis Intervention Services Program.
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens: Support for weekly food pantries in Old Lyme and East Lyme.
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA): Partial funding for a multi-purpose Emergency Client Assistance Fund.
  • The Riverfront Children's Center: Tuition Assistance Program which provides working, low-income families subsidized tuition costs.
  • Visiting Nurses Association of SECT: Sepsis Community Education Program.
  • WARM Center, Inc.: General operating support.