Dime Foundation

A helping hand for organizations that give our communities a lift

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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 2024 are due on March 12, June 18, and October 2.
  • 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 [email protected].


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 primarily serve the residents of New London County, the towns of Glastonbury, Manchester, and Vernon, 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
  • 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

Organization Project
Care and Share of East Lyme, Inc Purchase of food for the food pantry.
Children First Groton Early Childhood Collaborative Car seat and bike helmet program.
Connecticut Radio Information System  Audio recording services for the blind or print-challenged.
Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc. Replacement of windows and 4 steel entry doors.
East Lyme Giving Garden Distribution of fresh nutritious food to SE CT neighbors in need. 
Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board  Summer Youth Employment Program.
First Choice Health Centers Adaptive exam table that would benefit any patient at the Manchester clinic with a mobility issue.
Glenbrooke Outdoor Sports Center, Inc  Summer Camperships. 
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern  Grading, top-soil and hydroseed at two Norwich Habitat homes. 
Higher Edge  College Access Program and the Success Program. 
Jonnycake Center of Westerly Support for the food pantry. 
Lyman Allyn Art Museum The Summer Art Immersion Program. 
Madonna Place Critical programs that support children and families in Eastern CT. 
New London Area Food Pantry Groceries to food insecure citizens of the New London area. 
New London County Historical Society Summer Camp to be held at the Shaw Mansion.  
New London Recreation Department CPR and AED classes for New London Youth Football and Cheer coaches. 
Read to Grow, Inc.  Support for the Bookmobile. 
Rebuilding Together of Manchester Rehabilitation of houses of low income homeowners in Manchester. 
Riverfront Children's Center  Tuition Assistance Program.
S.T.E.P.S., Inc   Summer Leadership and Enrichment Program. 
Safe Futures, Inc  Camp HOPE America/Pathways Mentoring Program-Safe Futures. 
Sails Up 4 Cancer  Monetary assistance for families who are experiencing loss of income. 
Thames River Community Service, Inc Economic Security and Housing Stability Program. 
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.  Emergency Client Assistance Fund. 
The Center: A Drop-In Community Learning and Resource Center, Inc.  2024 Summer Enrichment Program.
Third Sector New England, Inc dba FRESH New London Spring and Summer FRESH Crew Programs.
Tides Family Services  Basic needs support for low income families. 
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Gemma Moran Food Center's emergency food programs. 
Warriors for Warriors  Suicide Prevention Acupuncture & Wellness Programs for veterans and military service members. 
Winning Ways, Inc   Financial Literacy Sessions.
Southeastern Connecticut Housing Alliance (SECHA)  Preparation of a housing portfolio for SE CT. 
The Children's Museum, Inc. (West Hartford) Science Achievement for All' programs at Manchester Early Learning Center.  
Portuguese Holy Ghost Society AED for their facility in Stonington. 
The Eliza Huntington Memorial Home of Norwich, Inc. 22 dining chairs, to ensure the safety of residents.