Grace Farms provides a platform for not-for-profits, offering a supportive place for organizations to foster new partnerships, actively participate in the Foundation’s programming, advance their work by utilizing meeting space, or simply enjoy the expansive landscape and River building. As a ‘type b’ place in a ‘type a’ world, Grace Farms inspires not-for-profit organizations to think creatively, and reframe the work they are doing. Individuals often leave with a sense of renewal and connectedness with colleagues, motivating organizations to continue their meaningful work.
Grace Farms Foundation encourages not-for-profit organizations on the front lines of service by offering grants of space—including access to the River building, barns, grounds, and Foundation team—in lieu of monetary grants. Organizations directly connected with one or more of the Foundation’s five initiatives can benefit from professional program space, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA, for strategic meetings, trainings, capacity-building programs, and workshops. An application is offered year-round, with quarterly reviews.
The Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice together, develop community, and explore faith. Ultimately, not-for-profit grantees become long-term partners in this endeavor, and find ways to collaborate with each other in new and fruitful ways.
Since opening in October 2015, we have developed relationships with approximately 80 organizations, which includes 82 gifts of space, (approx. 75% of which were programs of less than 50 people) as well as 18 Grace Farms Foundation events co-hosted with not-for-profit partners.
Click here to watch an introductory video about our Space Grants.
Applying for a Space Grant
Organizations whose mission aligns with the Foundation’s are encouraged to apply for use of space at Grace Farms. Please review the space grant Overview and Guidelines for more information on space at Grace Farms and the application process.
Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick, Community Initiative Director, proactively curates gatherings of not-for-profit partners throughout the year in the form of focused roundtable discussions and seasonal networking opportunities. Intentional proximity and strategic dialogue has led to critical discussions resulting in shared strategies and mutual support. Roundtable dialogues have brought together grant-making organizations, special needs organizations, and women change-makers.
The Foundation’s five core initiatives also lead to cross-disciplinary connections among not-for-profits with seemingly disparate missions, often bearing fruit in public programs. In June 2017, Full Court Peace, IICONN (International Institute of Connecticut), and Blossom Hill Foundation collaborated with the Foundation to co-host Peace in the Paint, a recreational basketball program for middle school students and newly resettled middle school refugees at Grace Farms on World Refugee Day. All three partner organizations initially received space grants in 2016 and 2017.