The First County Bank Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in lower Fairfield County.

The deadline for submitting standard grant applications is March 31.

To be eligible, organizations must have nonprofit tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport. The organizations must support community and economic development, increase the availability of affordable housing or support quality of life and educational enrichment for families and children.

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"As we enter a new year, we look forward to receiving and evaluating applicants and awarding grants we know will help toward the betterment of our community," said Katherine Harris, vice president of the foundation and president and COO of First County Bank.

"As the needs of our local community continue to increase, so does our commitment to find nonprofit organizations that are first-time grant applicants. Through the dedication and charitable nature of First County Bank's directors, corporators, officers and employees, we help to ensure that local community needs continue to be met."

Application forms are available at