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 2022 are due on October 4.
  • 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



Community Outreach Center  Assistance with operational costs and the purchase of food.
CRIS Radio Support for audio recording services for the blind or print-challenged.
Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board  Summer Youth Employment Program.
Garde Arts Center Summer on Stage Program.
Higher Edge  College Access and College Success Programs. 
Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc  Funding for the expansion of the Mental Health Screening Program.
Jonnycake Center of Westerly  Funding for the expansion of the Mental Health Screening Program.
Mystic Museum of Art   Outreach program with Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School and the Florence Griswold Museum.
New London Area Food Coalition General support for the food pantry. 
New London Community Meal Center General support for the meal center. 
New London County Historical Society 5th Annual Summer Museum Camp for youth in the community. 
Norwich Community Backpack Program Backpacks and school supplies for low income youth in Norwich. 
Rebuilding Together Manchester  Year-round emergency repairs and home modifications for low income residents of Manchester.  
Reliance Health  Renovations to kitchen space at one of their shared apartment-style residential homes.
Riverfront Children's Center Tuition assistance program to make childcare more affordable for low-moderate income families.
Safe Futures, Inc.  Support for the Katie Blair House. 
Salt Marsh Opera  Kids Love Opera! 2022.
Southeastern CT Robotics, Inc  Robotics programs for youth in New London County.
Special Olympics CT 2022 Fall Sports Festival/Sailing Regatta.
Thames River Community Place Moving Toward Economic Security Program. 
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.   Emergency Client Assistance Fund.
The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center  Scholarships to low income famlies for the Therapeutic Equine Services Program. 
Third Sector New England, Inc. d/b/a/ FRESH New London Food service literacy program.
Traveling Toys, Inc Establishment of a toy lending library within the children's and teen sections of the Groton Public Library. 
United Community & Family Services  Fashion Forward pilot project to ensure clients have the proper attire to obtain/maintain gainful employment. 
United Way of SECT  Funding for the Gemma Moran food pantry. 
Westerly Area Meals Center, Inc. (WARM) Funding to support all 15 of their vital programs.  
Wood River Health Services, Inc. Art Therapy Groups. 
Writer's Block Ink  Creative Skills Workshop Lessons.