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.
  • Grant applications for 2021 are due on March 18, June 22, and October 6.
  • A post-grant report is required within one year of receiving grant funding, and prior to submitting a new grant application. The post-grant report can be downloaded here.
  • For more information, call Dee Sullivan at 860-859-4300, or email


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, the towns of Glastonbury and Manchester, CT, and the towns of Westerly, Hopkinton and Richmond, RI.
  • Funding is generally not provided to fund-raising or capital 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)


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 programs that encourage self-sufficiency
  • Opportunities for collaborative efforts
  • Services to at-risk or under-served children, families or the elderly, with emphasis on low/moderate income levels

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
  • Peter Maneri, Director
  • Linda L. Mariani, Esq., Director
  • Paul Maxfield, Director
  • Bonnie Stewart, Director
  • Mark E. Tramontozzi, M.D.,Director

Recent Recipients

  • Artreach, Inc.: Funding to create, heal, and sustain recovery through a supportive and fun community while providing a creative outlet for its members.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich: Intensive Case Management/Emergency Basic Needs Program.
  • Chrysalis Center, Inc.: Services that will link residents to a variety of social services.
  • Covenant to Care for Children: Basic essential goods and services to children who are neglected, abused, at-risk and/or impoverished.
  • Eastern CT Ballet: Nutcracker Free Ticket Initiative. 
  • Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association, Inc.: Funding for the expansion of the Pawcatuck Whitfield Giving Garden. 
  • Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board: Summer Youth Employment and Training Program.
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut: Girl Scouts Strong, a program aimed at helping girls recognize and diffuse bullying behavior. 
  • Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT: Funding to assist with the construction of two single family homes in the Greeneville section of Norwich. 
  • Higher Edge: Support for College Access Program and College Success Program.  
  • Immigration Advocacy & Support Center: Legal guidance and case management to low-income residents in Norwich and surrounding towns. 
  • Jewish Federation of Eastern CT: General funding to support the food pantry. 
  • New London Area Food Coalition: Purchase of food for the food pantry. 
  • New London Community Meal Center, Inc.: General funding to support the food pantry. 
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center: Direct financial assistance to help individuals return to permanent housing. 
  • New London Youth Affairs: Funding for the Early Childhood Family Center.
  • Norwich Community Backpack Program: New backpacks and school supplies for low-income youth in Norwich.
  • Norwich Housing Authority: Partial funding for the cost of providing a part-time Resident Services Coordinator.
  • Operation WARM: Coat and shoe distribution to children in Dime's service area. 
  • Rebuilding Together of Manchester: The rehabilitation of houses for lower income homeowners. 
  • Riverfront Children's Center:  Tuition assistance program.
  • Safe Futures: Support for Katie-Blair House. 
  • South County Health: Senior workshops for all Westerly community patients who use or live in senior centers. 
  • South East CT Community Center of the Blind, Inc.: Purchase of new hardware and software used by clients at the center. 
  • Special Olympics CT: Support for the 2021 Fall Sports Festival/Sailing program and Annual Regatta.
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA): Emergency Client Assistance Fund.
  • The Bridge Family Center: Transitional living apartment in Manchester for young men aging out of the foster care system.
  • The Children's Museum, Inc (West Hartford): "Science Achievement for All" STEAM Programs.
  • The Salvation Army: Emergency Services Program. 
  • United Way of Central and Northeastern CT: Support for two regional foodbanks.
  • United Way of Southeastern CT: Funding for the Gemma Moran Food Center.
  • Westerly Area Meals Center Inc. (WARM): Funding to support all 13 vital programs. 
  • Westerly Education Center: Career Exposure Day for students from high schools in Westerly, Stonington and North Stonington. 
  • Whalers Helping Whalers: Provide winter coats to disadvantaged families in New London.