Grant FAQ's


All organizations must be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code or must have an agreement with another 501(c)(3) organization which will serve as a fiscal agent for the applicant, should a grant be provided.

Our grantmaking has a special focus on Eastern Connecticut to honor where Jeffrey P. Ossen raised his three daughters and established his business.  The Foundation supports organizations throughout Connecticut that share the same values and interests. Grants are also made on a selective basis to areas where voting members of the Board reside and work.


Please note that the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, we are always interested in learning about new Organizations that align with our mission and values.

JPOFF makes grants to eligible non-profit organizations in the State of Connecticut that align with our mission and values.

JPOFF will NOT make grants to or for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Past operating deficits
  • Political campaigns
  • 509(a)(3) organizations
  • Projects of organizations whose policies or practices discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Yes, the JPOFF does make multi-year grants depending upon the type of project and level of partnership.

Grants can vary in size based on the program or project. We value organizations that have a diversified base of support. Organizations should not rely on the Foundation for substantial, ongoing annual support.

Please go to the APPLY For a Grant tab for further details.

For all inquiries or questions, you may email [email protected]

P.O. Box 370085, West Hartford, CT 06137  |  [email protected]  |
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