The J. Walton Bissell Foundation is a private charity providing funding to non-profit organizations that deliver direct services to individuals and families primarily in the Hartford area.
Organizations that are 501(c)(3) entities and leaders of fiscally-sponsored New Initiatives may apply via our simple online form.
We who are privileged to be servants of J. Walton Bissell’s mission are led by the humility which he exemplified, and the dedication to inclusion, to which he was committed.
We are determined to use the resources Mr. Bissell gave in ways that match his stand.
We are focused on the aspirations of others who have gone unseen and excluded.
We are at others’ disposal.
We concern ourselves not with what is easy but with what is possible.
(Bethany Meilani Hamilton)
We ask that you read what this looks like for us in 2022 on the page titled “Priorities.”
We have seriously examined what our partners have taught us, and these lessons and principles are incorporated in our 2022 language and goals.
Deadlines for each of three cycles are as follows:
Click here to return to finish an already started application or to see a submitted application
The new applications are shorter. The online portal has not changed so your emails and passwords remain the same.
After completing the initial eligibility questions, at the bottom of the same page you will be directed to choose either a General Operating Support application form (titled "Wounds / Response-Abilities) or a New Initiatives application form (titled Seed Investments).
We are making General Operating Support grants a priority in 2022 for new and existing leadership.
We’ve refined requirements with the intention of broadening your access to us.
(If project support is what you seek, you have the opportunity to tell us so in dedicated space on each application form.)
We’re continuing to refine how we hear your story.
No separate reports are due.