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.

Message regarding Dime Foundation’s funding priority for 2020:

Due to the current health crisis, we will be placing priority on programs that support basic needs and/or support low-moderate income individuals and families. If you would like to discuss your proposal prior to submitting an application, please call Dee Sullivan at 860.859.4300.


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 2020 are due on March 18, July 8, and October 21.
  • 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
  • Peter Maneri, Director
  • Linda L. Mariani, Esq., Director
  • Paul Maxfield, Director
  • Bonnie Stewart, 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:

  • Always Home: Continuing support of their Homeless Prevention Program.
  • American Red Cross: Funding for disaster support services in NL County.
  • A Reason To Ride, Inc.: Financial assistance to veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardships. 
  • Arts for Learning Connecticut, Inc.: Partnership with the Regional Multicultural Magnet School to bring cultural arts experiences to 2nd and 3rd graders.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich: Emergency Basic Needs Program & Intensive Case Management Program.  
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp: Campership support for children with financial need from New London County.
  • Children First Groton: Car seat and helmet safety initiative to benefit children of Groton.
  • Children's Museum - West Hartford: Homeschooling Young Scientists Outreach Programs delivered at the Groton Public Library. 
  • Children's Museum of Southeastern CT: Bring-A-Book-Alive Literacy Workshop. 
  • Collaborative for Colchester's Children: Programming for parents and children that help build strong family relationships.
  • Columbus House, Inc.: Veteran Families Program supportive services.  
  • Connecticut College Child Development Lab School: Kindergarten Readiness Program. 
  • Connecticut Storytelling Center: Littlest Listeners Program. 
  • Connecticut Veterans Legal Center: Removing Legal Barriers Program. 
  • Covenant to Care for Children: Critical Goods Distribution program which provides basic, essential goods for children who are neglected, abused, at-risk, and/or impoverished. 
  • 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 Ballet: Nutcracker Free Ticket Iniative.
  • Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board: Summer Youth Employment and Training Program.
  • Flock Theater: Summer productions to be held at Conn College Wilcox Park.
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut (Hartford): Support for programming at Camp Laurel in Lebanon, with a particular focus on environmental education.  
  • Greater Stonington Realty Corporation: Creation of a Resident Service Coordinator Program at the Edythe K. Richmond Homes.
  • Health Education Center: Inter-professional Clinical Education Clinics which provide free community-based health services through four community sites in New London and Windham Counties.
  • Horses Healing Humans, Inc.: Scholarships for Equine Therapeutic Programs.
  • Higher Edge: General operating support for College Access Program and College Success Program.
  • Hygienic Art: Do The Write Thing/Picture My World, an after school collaborative program between Hygenic and New London Schools for middle school students. 
  • Ledyard Youth and Social Services: Scholarships for children of low-moderate income families to participate in Ledyard Parks & Rec programs. 
  • Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center, Inc. (The Light House): Improvements and renovations to the life skills kitchen at their primary school, The Learning Campus, located on Pennsylvania Ave, Niantic.  
  • 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.
  • New London Youth Affairs: Program expenses for the Early Childhood Family Center which addresses school readiness by supporting families' basic needs, identifying and addressing developmental delays, and facilitating preschool placements.
  • 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 Works: Norwich Works/Education & Training Program provides job training to the area's under/ unemployed individuals. 
  • Norwich Youth and Family Services: Summer Jam and Learn diversion collaborative.
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters: Community-Based Mentoring Program.
  • Operation WARM: Coat distribution to children in NL County. Coordinated through TVCCA Norwich & New London.
  • 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.
  • Save The Bay: Sustained funding to continue their successful partnership with the Westerly and Chariho school districts for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens: Support for weekly food pantries in Old Lyme and East Lyme.
  • South County Hospital Healthcare System Endowment (South County Health): Home-based care needs to three low-income, senior housing developments in Hopkinton.
  • Southern Rhode Island Volunteers: Funding for SRIV, which is the leading provider of volunteer resources for 58 community partner sites throughout Washington County, RI.
  • 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.
  • The Salvation Army (Norwich): Emergency Services program which provides food and hygiene items through its food pantry, community meals, and financial assistance for rent, utilities and clothing. 
  • Visiting Nurses Association of SECT: Sepsis Community Education Program.
  • WARM Center, Inc.: General operating support.