Erwin C. Bauer Charitable Trust Fund

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To support charitable purposes of education, conservation, agricultural programs, medical care, public health, housing and social services for the residents of Madison, CT.

Annual application deadlines

March 15

Program areas

Environment, animals
Human services
Public/society benefit

States served


Program limitations

For organizations that provide education, conservation and agricultural programs, medical care, public health, housing, and social services for the residents of the Town of Madison, CT.

Geographic limitations

Residents of the Town of Madison, CT.


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  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $15,000
Average number of grants per year: 4 to 5

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by March 15 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting.


Applicants will receive an email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by September for applications received by the deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The Erwin C. Bauer Charitable Trust was established under a trust agreement by Erwin C. Bauer on February 23, 1990. Mr. Bauer, a longtime resident of the Town of Madison in the County of New Haven, Connecticut, was a farmer on his family’s homestead farm.

He was born in New York City on January 28, 1904 to parents who immigrated from Germany. The family moved to Madison where they acquired Bauer Farm in 1909 and made their living as farmers.

Mr. Bauer was a very quiet, unassuming man, who attended Madison elementary schools, never married and spent his entire life from age 2 sharing the Copse Road homestead and working the farm with his older brother Anthony. The two brothers were very frugal, and paid cash for everything. Over the years they had developed an interest in the stock market that proved to be a mixture of Yankee frugality and Wall Street savvy.

Mr. Erwin’s generosity to the Town of Madison began in 1990 when he donated "Bauer Farm" to the Town of Madison in memory of his parents and his older brother Anthony who had died seven years earlier.