A fund to accelerate the transition to a clean and sustainable future.

Smart Seed is a new fund of Hampshire Foundation.
Smart Seed focuses on reducing environmental degradation and global warming through innovative financing.

think globally. act locally.

We focus primarily on programs in Connecticut in order to maximize the intensity of our efforts and strengthen our relationships with collaborators.

We fund two key partners​

Created by towns, for towns. A practical step-by-step roadmap to completing the actions required to create a sustainable, livable community. Includes actions, resources, technical assistance, peer learning, and recognition.

In Our Back Yard supports grassroots involvement in the same key activities as Sustainable CT, but is driven by passionate citizens. Support includes: community organizing, a dedicated project website, access to crowdfunding and Accelerator grants for the project.

How we work with our partners

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smart seed grants

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Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University

$1M to support the development and advancement of Sustainable CT.

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Accelerator Grants

Whatever local organizers crowdfund through IOBY, Smart Seed matches 100%.

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Clean Water Fund

$100,000 grant to support efforts to empower Connecticut communities to scale-up sustainability and resilience.

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Connecticut Green Bank

Funded a feasibility study to determine the viability of a regional non-profit investment fund that would provide energy financing to low and medium income residents and communities.

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People's Action for Green Energy

Establishment of Connecticut's first Heat Pump campaign to lower residential electricity usage in our state.

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Sustainable CT

Internships for environmental students at Connecticut Universities. The interns work in towns participating in Sustainable CT to guide them in receiving certification.

contact smart seed

To collaborate, other funders can contact us as follows:


151 New Park Ave, Ste. 7 

Hartford, CT 06016

Please note applications are by invitation of the Foundation only. Unsolicited proposals will not be viewed.