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 2023 are due on March 14, June 20, and October 3.
  • 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 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
  • 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



Always Home Inc. Support for the Homelessness Prevention/Shelter Diversion program. 
Children First Groton Car seats and bike helmets for families.
Community Health Resources, Inc.  Adopt-a-Family initiative for the holiday season. 
Connecticut College Child Development Lab School  Lab School's Kindergarten Readiness Family Initiative. 
Frank Olean Center, Inc  Support for the Transportation Fund. 
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Support for the participation of underserved youth and adults from New London County. 
Horizons, Inc. Support for Horizons to provide critical respite for both campers and families. 
Madonna Place Fatherhood Initiative Program. 
Martin House Meal expenses for clients. 
New London Homeless Hospitality Center Funds will be used to assist guests with what they need to exit homelessness. 
Operation Fuel  Emergency energy assistance grants to low-moderate income families. 
Salvation Army  Support for the Emergency Assistance program. 
The Bridge Family Center, Inc.  Moving On Project.
The Furniture Bank of SE CT, Inc.  Funds will purchase beds for needy families in southeastern CT. 
Tides Family Services Funding to assist the most needy clients and families within treatment programs to obtain basic need items. 
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern CT, LLC  UCP Inclusion & Advocacy Program.
Vision to Learn  Eye examinations and vision screenings for students attending Norwich Public Schools. 
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT Funds will support the full rehabilitation of a single-family home in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard.
The CT Storytelling Center  Six week Littlest Listeners storytelling residency for preschool classes at TVCCA Headstart.
Preston Public Library Creation of a Gaming Lending Library to enhance the Young Adult Department at the library.