Grant Seekers


Organizations interested in soliciting Grants from the Foundation MUST FIRST submit a Letter of Inquiry to us.
The Letter of Inquiry should describe your organization's plans and efforts and should include a concise statement of the purpose of the program proposed for funding, INCLUDING AN APPROXIMATE DOLLAR AMOUNT.

If your organization's programming falls within the parameters of the Foundation's current grant making interests, your organization will be invited to submit a proposal and will be required to complete an application, which will be provided to you through the Application Forms page on this website.

The Edward And Mary Lord Foundation only awards grants to IRS recognized, 501(c)(3) organizations.

  • We do not award grants to individuals.
  • We do not accept unsolicited requests for grants.
  • We are self-sustaining and do not accept donations.
  • We adhere strictly to helping those organizations and programs who fit within the stated definition of our Mission and geographical location.

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

Kathryn F. Lord, Director
55 Town Line Blvd
North Franklin, CT 06254

Recent Grants


Mitchell College for scholarships to Norwich students attending the college 1/28/21
Norwich Housing Authority for partial funding for the Resident Services Coordinator at Westwood Park. The Coordinator gives assistance to elderly and disabled residents in navigating a confusing array of services available to them. 3/27/21
Enders Island in support of the Collegiate Recovery Community Program which assists young men gain sobriety and pursue higher education 3/27/21
Eastern CT Community Gardens to help build, maintain and instruct people with community gardens that grow healthy produce 3/27/21
United Community Family Services for the purchase of a refrigerated truck to be used in conjunction with their mobile food pantry 3/27/21
Three Rivers Community College for the Edward P. Lord memorial scholarships given to students studying toward engineering degrees 4/1/21
Friends of the Shetucket River Valley for balance of funds needed to purchase the 66.36 acre Peltier Property to add to the existing Sprague Land Preserve located in Sprague and Franklin, CT 5/21/21
A Capela do Santos Antonio for scholarships to be given over a three year period 2022-2024 for Norwich Elementary student to study art at Norwich Free Academy, in memory of Ellis Ruley 5/21/21
Safe Futures for support of the Norwich counseling office and the Katie Blair House in Norwich 5/21/21
St. Jude Common, a supported living facility in Norwich for assistance in completing many major repairs and renovations at the facility 5/21/21
New London Homeless and Hospitality Center in New London in support of the purchase and renovation of 727 Bank St, New London, to be used as an office supporting the agency in securing housing stability for its clients 5/21/21
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in support of their Horse Sense Program which seeks to improve the lives of people living with disabilities 5/21/21
Riverfront Children's Center for tuition assistance for high quality early learning and childcare to low and moderate income families in our community 5/21/21


Enders Island Collegiate Recovery Community in support of residential programming for young men ages 18-30. This program helps the residents to gain sobriety from alcohol and substance addiction and obtain job training or college education in order to support continued sobriety throughout life - 1/17/2020
Safe Futures to support operations at the Norwich counseling office and to support counseling services to the women in residence at Katie Blair House in Norwich - 1/17/2020
Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra to enable the orchestra to perform a free community concert at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on April 5, 2020 - 1/17/2020
Thames River Community Service to assist in the renovation of 4 apartments on their campus of 24 apartments. This organization provides safe housing and on-site support services to homeless families and individuals with a goal of seeing their clients achieve life stability and permanent housing - 1/17/2020
Eliza Huntington Memorial Home to help this residence for elderly and retired woman provide transportation costs and admission fees to allow the residents to attend 6-8 annual community outings - 1/17/2020
Norwich Housing Authority to help fund the Resident Services Coordinator position at Westwood Park and the Dorsey Building. The Coordinator assists residents find their way through the maze of paperwork often required in obtaining the help they need in order to maintain independent living - 3/9/20
Eastern CT Community Gardens to mitigate food insecurity in Eastern CT by building, supplying and helping maintain a number of Community Gardens at schools, in municipalities, at social service agencies and churches - 3/9/20
The Society of the Founders of Norwich to assist with the complete replacement of the failed shake-shingled roof on the Leffingwell Inn - 3/9/20
Reliance Health to assist the agency with on-going work converting the basement of the Morosky Building into a Wellness Center to be used by Reliance House clients - 3/15/20
Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Neighbor for Neighbor Fund to provide assistance to local non-profits who are working to provide emergency basic needs to members of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic
Rose City Senior Center to the Gen Bergendahl Golden Wishes Fund to provide stop-gap assistance to seniors experiencing a temporary financial crisis that might prevent further independent living - 5/8/20
Always Home to replace all old windows in the below-market rental properties owned by the agency with energy efficient windows - 5/8/20
Riverfront Children's Center in support of the Scholar Dollar Tuition Assistance Program at the agency - 5/9/20
New England Science and Sailing (NESS) Norwich Initiative which engages in a partnership with Norwich Public Schools to provide underserved students from two Norwich middle schools with ocean adventure STEM-education opportunities. Nearly 800 Norwich students will be served by this initiative - 5/12/20
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Horse Sense Program which seeks to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities by promoting enhanced self-image, improved communication skills and positive peer relationships - 7/10/20
Operation Fuel to provide emergency energy assistance to struggling Norwich families - 7/10/20
St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich to help purchase supplies for their food pantry 9/1/20
The Children's Museum of SE CT to assist with the upgrade of the ventilation system at the Museum 9/1/20
Waterford Country School to assist the school with the construction of a new maintenance building for the school property
Norwich Rotary Foundation as a contribution toward their Rotary Mahan Coat Fund which will purchase 750 winter coats for low income children in the community this winter
Madonna Place, Inc. to help the organization carry on with 3 essential programs serving the community: The Fatherhood initiative Program, The Great Beginnings Program and The Family Support Center - 10/12/20
Divided between 17 Arts and Cultural organizations in New London County who are struggling with the financial fallout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The grants helped organizations make facilities changes related to Covid safety, capacity building to allow movement into audio/visual formats that can reach constituents digitally through on-line formats and for general operating support. The groups and amounts awarded are as follows: Florence Griswold Museum $7,500, James Merrill House $4,500, Mystic Historical Society $600, La Grua Center $5,000, Eastern CT Ballet $6,000, Flock Theater $8,000, Slater Museum $10,000, Stonington Historical Society $3,500, Norwich Historical Society $6,000, Mystic Seaport Museum $5,000, Salt Marsh Opera $4,000, CT Landmarks $6,500, Old Lyme Historical Society $5,000, Norwich Arts Center $8,000, Avery-Copp House $2,200, Artreach $9,000, Denison Society $8,700. 10/13/20
Garde Arts Center to help support the theater through the pandemic 10/27/20
Foundation of Eastern CT for the Norwich Women and Girl's Fund, which provides funding to programs that enhance and improve the lives of women and girls living in Norwich 12/14/20


NESS (New England Science and Sailing) to provide STEM/STEAM educational programming to economically and socially disadvantaged students in Norwich in partnership with the Norwich Public Schools - 1/5/19
Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra for the free community presentation of Mozart's "Requiem" to be held at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on 4/14/19 - 1/9/19
Gallery at the Wauregan to help support Gallery operations - 1/9/19
Norwich Housing Authority to help fund the Authority's Resident Services Coordinator, who helps the elderly/handicapped/disabled residents at Westwood Park and the Dorsey Building access badly needed direct and indirect services - 1/9/19
Collegiate Recovery community at Enders Island - 2/27/19
A Capela do Santo Antonio for Jo-Jo Kolodiniki art scholarships - 2/27/19
Eastern CT Community Gardens for gardening education programs and rehabbing of community gardens - 2/27/19
United Community Family Services for purchase of a bariatric/geriatric/handicapped exam table - 2/27/19
Avalonia Land Conservancy to pay off the mortgage on the Dyer Property - 2/27/19
Town of Sprague to re-open the library at the Sales Elementary School - 2/27/19
Mystic Aquarium to purchase various pieces of medical equipment to help sick marine animals in residence and in the wild - 2/27/19
St. Vincent de Paul Place for the purchase of food for the Pantry program - 4/25/19
Riverfront Children's Center to help subsidize tuition for low-income children attending the Center - 4/25/19
Reliance Health to assist the agency in creating a Wellness Center in the basement space of the Morosky Building - 4/25/19
Rose City Senior Center for the Golden Wishes Program which provides stop-gap assistance to seniors in crisis situations in order to help maintain independence in their daily lives - 4/25/19
New London Community Meal Center as half the cost of replacing the failing roof on the Center's building - 4/25/19
Read to Ride program to encourage a love of reading in children - 5/23/19
Three Rivers Community College for the Edward P. Lord Endowment at the college which gives yearly scholarships to student studying towards engineering degrees-5/31/19
Eugene O'Neill Theater for their summer free ticket initiative - 6/21/19
Fractured Atlas as the fiscal sponsor of the Rose Arts Festival in Norwich. The Festival, held on Chelsea parade on 6/29/19 is a free community event featuring live music, exhibits, entertainment, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and a road race.
Mystic Museum of Art in sponsorship of their fall photo show - 8/22/19
Children's Museum of SE CT in continued support of the robotics and STARLABS programs at the Museum - 8/22/19
Arc for the renovation of a Norwich Group Home kitchen owned by the agency - 8/22/19
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in support of their Horse Sense program - 8/22/19
Madonna Place to assist programming in the Great Beginnings, Fatherhood Initiative and Family Support Programs which have recently suffered drastic cuts in financial assistance from the State of CT - 9/27/19
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center/Coogan Farm (spread over 3 years) in order to achieve a variety of projects including the restoration of the Gallup Orchard, completion of the trail from Gallup to Denison and completion of a gathering space at the Denision Homestead barn, finalization of  the Greenemanville Trail between Mystic Seaport Museum and DPNC, and the development and implementation of a plan to restore the Stillman Foundation on the property and create improvements at the Avery Center - 9/27/19
A Caplea do Santo Antonio in support of three years of scholarships to an NFA graduating senior who will be pursuing higher education - 9/27/19
Mitchell College for scholarships to be awarded to Norwich students who attend the college - 9/27/19
Hygienic Arts Center to support the purchase and installation of film equipment and acquisition of films to be shown in the Arts Park as a community activity that will begin regularly in the summer of 2020 - 9/27/19
Rose City Senior Center in support of the nurse position at the on-site clinic and for the purchase of clinic supplies - 9/27/19
A Capela do Santo Antonio for scholarships to be awarded over the 2020, 2021 and 2022 to 4th grade students attending Norwich Schools to attend Saturday morning art classes taught at NFA in honor of Norwich native artist Jo Jo Koldonicki - 11/25/19
Norwich Events Organization, an all-volunteer group, to help finance events put on by the Organization for the benefit and entertainment of  Norwich and surrounding communities. Some events sponsored by the NEO are the St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Winterfest Parade, the 4th of July Fireworks display, several themed pub-crawls and other events - 11/27/19
A Good Laugh to fund their "Caring for Kids" program, which brings Valentine the Clown to in-patient children at the CT Children's Medical Center and to Tyl Middle School in Montville, where  a Hospice story-telling program is held - 11/25/19

  View Grants from earlier years