About the Bank of America Settlement Surplus Distribution Grant Application

The Connecticut Bar Foundation Grantmaking Committee has scheduled a bidders’ meeting for all interested applicants seeking information about the Bank of America Settlement Surplus Distribution Grant Application.  The meeting will be held via teleconference on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The following are instructions for the conference call:

On April 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., dial 1-888-341-6639.  An automated system will answer.  When prompted, enter pin code 672829, followed by the pound (#) sign.  Please state your name as soon as you are connected to the conference group.


The deadline for submitting completed grant applications and budget forms is no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018. The total available funds subject to distribution are $1,670,386. The Connecticut Bar Foundation Grantmaking Committee (GMC) strongly recommends that grant applications demonstrate the following:

1. A clearly defined partnership or affiliation with at least one organization to engage in community redevelopment, foreclosure prevention, or both, if appropriate. The application must clearly define and describe the roles of the Legal Service Provider (LSP) and its proposed partner or partners in the project and state clearly measurable outcomes.

2. The project proposed by the LSP and its partner(s) should be innovative and not merely an extension of the agency's current work, particularly when that work is not related to community redevelopment or foreclosure prevention. The GMC understands that the nature of the work of some LSPs may not easily lend itself to meeting this criterion. In those cases, collaboration with other LSPs or other organizations is strongly encouraged.

3. If a request is submitted for multi-year funding, outcomes for each year must be clearly stated.

4. Where possible, the proposed project should be replicable in other geographic regions or throughout the region where the project originates. For example, if a proposed project seeks to increase financial literacy in one neighborhood in a city with a goal of increasing home ownership rates among residents, the proposal should demonstrate how the project would be successfully replicated in other parts of the city or other regions in the state, if practicable.

The GMC will hold a bidder’s conference meeting for all interested applicants. This conference will provide an opportunity for grantees to meet with the CBF Grantmaking Committee, receive detailed instructions and ask grant proposal-related questions. Information about location, date and time will provided in a future notice.