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Mission

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 dsullivan@dime-bank.com.

Eligibility

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 Westerly, RI, area.
  • Funding is generally 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)

Priorities

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

  • A Reason To Ride, Inc.: Financial assistance to veterans and their families.
  • Always Home: Housing assistance to families facing homelessness due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. 
  • American Red Cross: Funding for disaster support services in NL County. 
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich: Intensive Case Management Program.  
  • Child & Family Agency of SECT: Full-day care to supplement hybrid learning. 
  • Children First Groton: Meals for the Groton community during the COVID pandemic. 
  • Children in Placement: Funding to increase their capacity to serve more children in New London County.  
  • Community Health Resource: Client support services. 
  • 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. 
  • Denison Pequotesepos Nature Center: Distance learning program.
  • Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association, Inc.: Funding for new Giving Gardens located in Pawcatuck and Groton. 
  • Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board: Summer Youth Employment and Training Program.
  • Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT: Veterans Rally Point  Emergency Gift Card Assistance Program.
  • Frank Olean Center: Music Therapy Program for children.
  • Furniture Bank: Purchase of new beds for families in the Southeastern CT. 
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut (Hartford): Financial assistance to girls from low-income families.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Support for 14-home development in the Greeneville section of Norwich. 
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding: Financial Aid Program. 
  • Higher Edge: College Access and College Success Program
  • Homeless Hospitality Center: Hospitality center services including day and nightime shelter. 
  • Horizons, Inc.:  Weekend in the Country Program. 
  • Horses Healing Humans, Inc.:  Scholarship funding for Equine Therapeutic Programs.
  • Journey Found:  Removable wheelchair ramp for house on Lawler Lane, Norwich. 
  • Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center, Inc.: Purchase of iPads for clients.  
  • Madonna Place: Emergency client assistance due to the impact of COVID-19. 
  • Madonna Place: Fatherhood Initiative Program. 
  • Malta, Inc.: Street Outreach Program for the homeless in New London County. 
  • Martin House, Inc.: Meal expenses for clients. 
  • New London Area Food Coalition: COVID-19 special disbursement
  • New London Area Food Coalition: Purchase of food.
  • New London Community Meal Center, Inc.: Purchase of food and supplies.
  • 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 Events Organization (fiduciary for Norwich Acts of Kindness): COVID-19 special disbursement 
  • Norwich Housing Authority: Resident Services Coordinator for elderly/handicapped/disabled residents.
  • Norwich Human Services Safety Net Team: Safety Net Programs.
  • Ocean Community YMCA: Scholarships for children in need to attend after school programming. 
  • Operation Fuel: Emergency energy assistance.
  • Operation Homefront, Inc.: Holiday meals for active military families. 
  • Operation WARM: Coat distribution to low-income children in New London County. 
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: COVID-19 special disbursement.
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: Purchase of food.
  • Read To Grow: Books for Norwich children in grades PK-2.
  • S.T.E.P.S.: Program expenses for a 2 week Summer Leadership Program.
  • Safe Futures: Support for Katie-Blair House. 
  • Save The Bay: Explore The Bay Education Program. 
  • Save The Kid Fund: Adaptive cycles to children unable to ride a standard cycle.
  • South County Hospital Healthcare System Endowment: Senior Health Workshops at senior housing developments in Westerly and Hopkinton. 
  • Southeastern CT Housing Alliance: 2020 Community Housing Profiles Project. 
  • Southern Rhode Island Volunteers:  Services for low-income senior citizens who are home-bound due to COVID. 
  • Special Olympics CT: Fall sports event.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Place: COVID-19 special disbursement
  • St. Vincent de Paul Place: General support for all programs.
  • STEPS, Inc.: After school and summer programming. 
  • Thames Valley Community Service, Inc.: Moving Toward Economic Security Program.
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA): Multi-purpose Emergency Client Assistance Fund.
  • The Arc of Eastern Connecticut: Day program in Norwich. 
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County: After-school program for low-income middle school students in Westerly.
  • The Jewish Federation of Eastern CT: Operation Cool Down, which provides air conditioning units at no cost to those in need. 
  • The Riverfront Children's Center: Tuition Assistance Program which provides working, low-income families subsidized tuition costs.
  • The Salvation Army: Emergency Services Program. 
  • 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. 
  • TVCCA: COVID-19 special disbursement
  • UCP of Eastern CT, Inc.: Inclusion & Advocacy Program.
  • United Community and Family Services: Remote Art Therapy treatment for UCFS clients.
  • United Way of Southeastern CT: COVID-19 special disbursement
  • United Way of Southeastern CT: Purchase of food for the Gemma Moran Food Bank.
  • WARM Center, Inc.: General funding for all thirteen of their programs.
  • Waterford County School: Culinary Training Program.