Sustainable CT Community Match Fund

Sustainable CT's Community Match Fund is an innovative program that provides fast, flexible funding to support sustainability-related projects throughout Connecticut.

Have an idea to make your community more sustainable, equitable, and vibrant? The Community Match Fund provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds, up to $15,000 per project, for work that broadly aligns with Sustainable CT actions. Every project will help your municipality earn points towards certification!

Since the Match Fund’s launch in September of 2019 Sustainable CT has helped launch more than 40 projects in 30+ municipalities, which have raised over $400,000! These projects span the sustainability spectrum, and have focused on things like:

Improving Energy EfficiencyHealthy and Sustainable Food SystemsEnvironmental Education
Community GardensTree PlantingsPublic Art
Pollinator PathwaysForestry ManagementComposting & Food Waste Diversion
Sustainable TransportationComplete Streets

Land and Waterbody Conservation

And much, much more...

Anyone in a Sustainable CT registered municipality can participate in this program, meaning that municipalities themselves, schools, libraries, nonprofits, community groups, and even individual residents can all propose a project and access the funding. There are no application deadlines, just a short project proposal to fill out, a quick 5-day review period, and minimal reporting requirements.

The Match Fund was designed to support community-driven projects that foster resident engagement and build collaboration between residents and their local government. With those goals in mind, we’ve partnered with ioby (“in our backyards”), a non-profit, civic oriented crowdfunding organization, that provides fundraising coaching and support, and an online fundraising platform to help all project leaders publicize their work and fundraise for their project. Sustainable CT provides a live match to every donation a project receives through ioby’s platform, immediately doubling local investment.

See past and current projects and find out more about the program here.

We review projects on a rolling basis and we look forward to continuing to support important work that benefits Connecticut communities. Contact Abe Hilding-Salorio, our Community Outreach Manager, at (860) 465-0256 for more information or to start your own project.

Online resources

Resources and inspiring stories to help you get started with Community Match Fund projects.

Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund is generously supported by the Smart Seed Fund, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Innovations in American Government Award.