Lord Foundation Special Fund for Arts & Culture Established

The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation, in collaboration with the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, established a new Lord Foundation Special Fund for Arts & Culture and dedicated $100,000 to this Special Fund that will be used specifically for making grants to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located in New London County that have been affected by COVID-19.

The Trustees of the Edward and Mary Lord Foundation understand the many challenges currently facing the arts and cultural sector in our community, and have made a commitment to create this Special Fund offering assistance during this unprecedented time. Grants awarded from the Special Fund will be in the hands of the Grantees no later than 10/31/2020.

The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation is the legacy of Edward and Mary Lord, lifelong Norwich, CT residents. The Foundation was created in 1997 by Edward and Mary Lord as a part of their estate plan, and was funded in 2009 upon their deaths. It is a private, family foundation that provides charitable grants to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. To learn more about Foundation, click HERE.

Grant proposals can include funding for, but not limited to:

  • Small Capital Improvements– grants to make, alter, modify facilities to meet social distancing guidelines and/or permanent physical changes in light of COVID-19
  • Capacity Building – grants to increase technological capacity (IT, equipment, A/V services, contractors, training) to create or expand virtual/online arts experiences, specifically those that will additionally help employ artists
  • Regional Collaboration – grants to support multi-organization, authentic and innovative, collaborations that accelerate recovery, share expenses/costs and/or expand audiences
  • Sustaining Support– general operating support to help sustain organizations that have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 and remain closed and/or cannot financially operate under reopening or capacity guidelines – largely unable to provide public programs except virtual/online
  • Other needs

Process and Timeline of Fund

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: August 15

Notification of LOI Decision: August 31

For those invited to submit full proposal, Application Deadline: September 30
(Note: A Special Fund application checklist will be provided)

Grants Awarded by October 31

Letters of Inquiry

Organizations interested in soliciting grants from the Lord Foundation Special Fund for Arts & Culture are welcome to submit a letter of inquiry. Must be a nonprofit 501 c (3) arts and cultural organization located in New London County.

The letter of inquiry, no more than one (1) page and due by August 15, should describe the status of the organization, impact of COVID-19 on the organization, and must include a concise statement of the funding purpose, including an approximate dollar amount.

Letters of Inquiry should be sent to the Foundation at the following address:

THE EDWARD AND MARY LORD FOUNDATION
Kathryn F. Lord, Director
116 Case Street
Norwich, CT 06360

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