Application deadline: January 17, 2020
Contamination of the Quinnipiac River was once so great that it prompted the first pollution control measure in Connecticut and the eventual creation of the first sewage treatment plant in the State. It was also the subject of a lawsuit against the Upjohn Company concerning wastewater discharges from Upjohn's plant in North Haven. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement in 1990 that created the Quinnipiac River Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, making the River the first in the state of Connecticut to have an endowment at a community foundation that generates income to protect it and its surrounding environment.
The mission of the Quinnipiac River Fund is to improve the environmental quality of the Quinnipiac River and New Haven Harbor and their watersheds. The committee considers projects for grant funding that work toward this goal. Examples include:
- Studying the pollution of the waterbodies.
- Studying the ecology of the waterbodies.
- Researching methods of reducing pollution, or otherwise improving the environmental health of the waterbodies.
- Addressing means of reducing both non-point and point sources of pollution to the waterbodies.
- Researching the permitting process, researching particular permits, and making recommendations as to findings.
- Providing public education about the waterbodies.
- Purchasing land in the watersheds for conservation, pollution reduction, and/or improving public access.
- Environmental advocacy (note: funding cannot be used for litigation).
- Habitat restoration.
Note: Projects involving the education of schoolchildren will be considered for grant funding only if they contribute to improving the environmental quality of the Quinnipiac River and its watershed.
The application process for 2020 has closed. For more information, email Denise Canning or call her at 203-777-7076.