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.
  • The next round of grant applications is due by July 13, 2018.
  • The final round of grant applications is due by October 26, 2018.
  • 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, with priority given to the towns that the bank serves.
  • 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: Baltic, Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Gales Ferry, Griswold, Groton, Jewett City, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Montville, Mystic, New London, Niantic, North Stonington, Norwich, Oakdale, Pawcatuck, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Taftville, Uncasville, Waterford, Yantic

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
  • James M. Kirker, Esq., 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 2017 Dime Foundation grant recipients:

  • Family Service of RI: Restorative Practices training for Westerly Public School District
  • Higher Edge: College Access Program and College Success Program
  • Bill Memorial Library: Library Mobile Technology Initiative
  • Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities Inc.: ECHO's Home New London Program
  • Habitat For Humanity: Support for the construction of a new home on Killeen Road in Montville
  • Uncas Health District: Translation of Conn. Dept. of Public Health documents concerning the risk of lead poisoning from English to Haitian-Creole
  • Pregnancy Support Center Inc. (dba Carenet Pregnancy Center of SE CT: Crisis Pregnancy Program
  • Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association Inc.: Plant and maintain vegetable gardens at locations in various towns
  • Norwich Community Backpack Program: Back Pack It To School Program
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens: Supplemental foods for weekly food pantries in Old Lyme and East Lyme
  • Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality Inc.: Homeless Prevention Program
  • Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need: Weekly food distribution to low-income families and individuals
  • S.T.E.P.S.: Summer Leadership Program
  • Safe Futures: Norwich Domestic Violence Response Team
  • Reliance Health Inc: Funding fora Kayaking Club to help their members with psycho-social rehabilitation
  • Norwich Youth and Family Services: Summer Jam and Learn diversion collaborative
  • Thames Valley Council For Community Action: Emergency Client Assistance Fund
  • Salvation Army: Food Pantry and Community Meals Program
  • American Red Cross: Emergency Services Programs
  • Westerly Area Rest Meals, as fiduciary agent for Family Housing Support: Rental and utility expenses for three apartments leased by Family Housing Support for area homeless families
  • Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM): Soup Kitchen Program and Children's Lunch Program
  • United Way of Southeastern CT: Support for the Gemma Moran Food Center and Mobile Food Pantry
  • Norwich Human Services: Heating assistance for low-income Norwich residents
  • Special Olympics Connecticut Inc.: 2017 Annual Fall Sports Festival/Sailing Program/Regatta.
  • Gallery at the Wauregan Inc.: Free art programs for Norwich area children
  • Hygienic Art: Collaborative program with ISAAC aimed at cultivating artistic expression
  • Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication: Collaborative program with Writers Block Ink aimed at enriching literary and visual education
  • New England Science & Sailing Foundation Inc.: NESS/STEM education programs for New London students
  • New London High School Music Boosters: Individualized music instruction for students of the high school band
  • Save The Bay: Explore the Bay Education Programs
  • Eastern CT Ballet: Nutcracker Free Ticket Initiative for families experiencing economic hardship
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp: Campership support for children with financial need from New London County
  • Children in Placement: Funding to train volunteers to serve more neglected and abused children in New London County
  • Covenant Shelter of New London: Funding to repair/upgrade two family bathrooms located in the shelter's facility.
  • Covenant to Care for Children: Basic, essential goods for families who are at-risk of losing their children
  • CRIS Radio: Support for audio recording services for the blind or print-challenged
  • Kid's Christmas: Support to strategically expand yearly Christmas party
  • Ledyard Food Pantry: Insulation for the pantry floor
  • Ledyard Youth & Social Services: Scholarships to under-served Ledyard youth to participate in after school/summer activity
  • Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center Inc.: Fire door with window for Niantic site; 2 Apple iPods; 2 Apple iPads
  • New London Youth Affairs: Program expenses for the Early Childhood Family Center
  • Operation WARM: Coat distribution to 250 children in New London County
  • Our Piece of the Pie (OPP): Support for OPP Eastern CT Youth Center in Norwich
  • Southeastern CT Community Center of the Blind Inc.: Braille Embosser for computer tech lab
  • The Salvation Army: Meal program for New London children who suffer from food insecurity
  • Third Sector New England Inc., dba Fresh New London: Food service literacy program
  • United Community Family Services: Funding to become an official site of Girls on the Run
  • Warriors for Warriors: Comprehensive, individualized advanced holistic care for veterans
  • Read to Grow: Program which distributes books and literacy guides to families of newborns and organizations that serve children
  • Mystic Museum of Art: Education outreach program at the Wequonnoc Magnet School in Norwich
  • Connecticut Storytelling Center: Storytelling training residency for four preschool classes in the TVCCA Headstart facility in Taftville
  • Natchaug Hospital: Vocation sewing initiative plan for the Joshua Center Thames Valley  Clinical Day Treatment program
  • Horizons, Inc.: Program fees for families who have children with disabilities to attend summer camp or "Weekends in the Country"
  • Southeastern CT Enterprise Region: Partial support for their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a regionally driven plan designed to meet the unique needs and vision of SE CT
  • Collaborative for Colchester's Children: "Circle of Security" series for parents - designed to develop new skill levels in a caregiver
  • Children's Museum of West Hartford: Homeschooling Young Scientists Outreach Programs at the Groton Public Library
  • Frosty Drew Memorial Fund: Development of an after school environmental enrichment program in Washington County classrooms
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.: Program Scholarships
  • Norwich Arts Center: Partial funding to replace the HVAC unit on the third floor of the Donald L. Oat Theater
  • Connecticut College Children's Program: Family Literacy Initiative at the Conn College Children's Program
  • Connecticut Veterans Legal Center: Removing Legal Barriers Program, a program which serves veterans who cannot afford legal counsel and may not be able to access other sources of free legal aid
  • Norwich Public Schools: Funding for Stanton School to become an official site of Girls on the Run (GOTR)
  • Thames River Community Service, Inc.: Programming which provides training in life skills and money management, employment development, and tenancy skills and housing retention
  •, Inc.: Inbound Program at NL High School, Teachers Memorial Sixth Grade Academy, and the ISAAC School, New London
  • Westerly Education Center: Creation of a 200-hour job skills workforce training program that trains adults in the core competencies required by 11 local business partners for entry level employment
  • Madonna Place: Fatherhood Initiative Program
  • Waterford Country School: Project Connecticut's Child: a grant funded recruitment program seeking families to adopt children from CT state foster care at a minimum cost
  • Martin House, Inc.: Meal expenses for clients
  • NeighborWorks New Horizons: Homeownership Project
  • Operation Fuel, Inc.: Emergency energy assistance grants to low income individuals and families in our service area who don't qualify for gov't energy assistance
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center: Direct financial assistance to help individuals return to permanent housing
  • New London Area Food Coalition: Rent assistance for their space in the OIC building for 2018
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: Weekender Backpack Food Program
  • St. Vincent de Paul Place: General operating support to help fund their programs
  • The Furniture Bank: Purchase of new beds for families in need