Application Guidelines

At Webster Bank, we are dedicated to helping strengthen our communities, a commitment since we were founded during the Great Depression. We deliver that support through CRA/Community Development Grants, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Housing and Economic Growth programs and our Corporate Giving Program.

Our Corporate Giving Program supports a broad cross-section of registered non-profit agencies that are engaged in proven, transformative initiatives that serve low/moderate income individuals and families and are located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Westchester County, N.Y.

We believe strongly in the broad safety net of human services offered by the United Way and its partner agencies. Webster focuses its Corporate Giving Program on three priority areas.

  • Support financial literacy initiatives that build personal responsibility for economic success
  • Help alleviate hunger and homelessness believing that everyone should have the opportunity to live with dignity and have their basic needs met
  • Identify health and human service organizations that strengthen the well-being of our communities by providing a broad safety net of services

Given the significant number of funding requests received, Webster generally does not contribute to, or sponsor, the following:

  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • Golf events
  • Organizations with limited access by the general public
  • Religious organizations except in support of specific programs that meet priority areas
  • Single disease or national health research/service organizations
  • Operating expenses for hospitals and educational institutions
  • Individuals or programs that benefit specific individuals
  • Third-party solicitations

Guidelines for Submitting a Grant Request:

  • Requests for $250 or less from local organizations serving the local community should be forwarded to the appropriate local banking center manager for consideration. Click here to find the closest location to you
  • Webster gives greater consideration to organizations that effectively collaborate with existing community resources, have Webster employee involvement, incorporate approaches and evaluation measures that ensure positive results and where there is a business relationship
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but no later than the third Thursday of November for current year consideration. Past recipients are asked to apply annually
  • Requests must be from registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that serve low/moderate income individuals and families
  • The organization must be located in and serve communities where Webster has a significant presence

Requests are encouraged via email and should include the following:

  • A completed Grant Request Form
  • Email/Letter of request that includes an explanation of applicant’s success rates and the measurement tools used to track success
  • Complete listing of sponsorship opportunities (if applicable)
  • Copy of letter from IRS or written authorization stating 501(c)3 status
  • Indication of Webster's relationship with the organization, including past contributions from Webster, Webster employee volunteer involvement and any existing business relationship

Additional information (depending on type of request):

  • Other sources of funding
  • List of the board of directors and key management
  • Current operating budget or annual report
  • Link to Agency brochure

Email Requests to:

Or by mail if necessary to: Webster Bank, Community Affairs – MO210
145 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT 06702

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