2018 Grants & Initiatives 2018-09-17T13:13:39+00:00

2018 Grants & Initiatives

Through September 2018 the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded $1,320,100.69 in grants and scholarships. Thank you for your support!

The Catalyst Program

Catalyst is a “giving circle” of local citizens who seek to learn about community issues in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Anyone can become a part of this group by making a contribution of $250 to the Catalyst Fund and completing a membership form. “Discovery” memberships are available to first-time members (and their families) for a gift of $50 for the first year, and a “Business” membership offers local businesses the opportunity to engage their employees in local philanthropy. Members gather three times per year to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing the issue. The year concludes with a grant of up to $10,000.

Community Initiatives

The CFGNB is proactive with a portion of its grant making in order to seek out, create and support projects and initiatives that focus on the broader community as well as the non-profits that serve the community. By being strategic and investing resources in this manner, the foundation fulfills its community leadership goal of defining challenges and investing in solutions.

Capacity Building Initiative

The Foundation’s Capacity Building Initiative supports the non-profit organizations in our service area which in turn, strengthens our communities. The Initiative has several components, one of which offers hands-on workshops and training for local organizations. Topics covered by the workshops include strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, board development and more. An additional component of workshop is eligibility for a mini-grant of up to $2,000 to implement some aspect of something they learned or gained from the series that will improve organization capacity. Mini-grants approved to date are listed below:

  • $2,000 to Civics First to create a new event registration system that will increase efficiency and facilitate an easier registration process for school participants
  • $2,000 to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative to work with Danosky & Associates to complete the first step in developing a strategic plan and set a direction for the future, while addressing issues surrounding succession and organizational planning
  • $2,000 to the Connecticut Virtuosi and Chamber Orchestra to purchase the necessary equipment and services needed to produce high quality audio/video recordings of CVCO’s live performances for marketing and promotion efforts aimed at broadening its audience
  • $2,000 to the New Britain Industrial Museum to hire Danosky & Associates to undertake an organizational communications assessment in order to increase the NBIM’s visibility and broaden its audience
  • $1,745 to New Britain ROOTS for 1) grant writing training, 2) to purchase donor software that will improve communications, collect and record data and track trends in various fundraising initiatives and 3) to purchase a membership to the CT Nonprofit Alliance to have networking opportunities and access to additional resources provided state-wide

First Years First

We believe that preparing the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington for success in school and in life by enhancing their early childhood development education experience is fundamental to any meaningful expression of the Foundation’s mission.

  • $7,500 to CT Council for Philanthropy, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative to continue the work of the Collaborative which aims to support creation of a coordinated system of early care, education and child development in Connecticut
  • $20,000 to the Consolidated School District of Greater New Britain to support the 2018 Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) to help students in grades 1 through 4 to avoid summer learning loss
  • $30,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington for operating support during FY 2018-19 as the ECCS fulfils its mission to ensure that all Southington children enter school ready to learn
  • $8,582 to the Plainville Family Resource Network to maintain summer “Play and Learn” playgroups for 40 families and 50+ young children and conduct Parents as Teachers home visits.
  • $35,000 to match funding from the Southington Public Schools to support 2018-19 school year and summer 2019 programming at the Family Resource Center of Southington (FRCS).
  • $10,000 to the YWCA of New Britain to support additional staffing needed for Learning Enhanced Attachment-Based Preschool (LEAP), a Trauma Informed Preschool partnership between the YWCA and Wheeler Clinic.

Sub-Total, Community Initiatives Grants: $120,827

Arts, Culture and Heritage

We believe that when the Foundation supports arts, culture and heritage programs, we not only enhance the quality of life for all residents in those communities, but also invest in the long-term economic vitality and well-being of the Greater New Britain area.

  • New Britain Museum of American Art, $50,000
    from an Anonymous Fund and the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the Museum’s education and outreach programs
  • New Britain Public Library, $1,500
    from the Elizabeth J. Berry Fund and the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to provide citizenship classes for area residents
  • No Boundaries Youth Theater, $5,000
    from the Con Fed Charitable Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for to establish a merit-based scholarship program
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts, $18,500
    from the Alix W. Stanley Charitable Fund, Catharine McHenry Rogers Fund, and Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund to expand All Access, an arts program that provides accessibility to all, but especially to people with disabilities

Community & Economic Development

We believe that supporting community and economic development efforts adds to the strength and stability of neighborhoods and the citizens that live within them.

  • Connecticut Main Street Center, $12,500
    from the William H. Judd, Jr. Fund, Joseph A. Mlynarski, MD, Memorial Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support work to further transit-oriented development planning and implementation in Kensington Village
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of N.B. Inc., $30,000
    from the Anna T. Deutsch Fund, Andrews-Hicks Memorial Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the Community Building and Engagement Program
  • Rebuilding Together New Britain, $15,000
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, Anna Thornton Fund, Walter H. Dickman Fund, and Elizabeth J. Berry Fund to replace equipment and upgrade technology

Education

We believe in the saying that “knowledge is power.” When the Foundation invests in education, it is helping to provide citizens with a key that can help open many doors.

  • Connecticut Science Center, $15,200
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund and Anna T. Deutsch Fund to provide professional development for Next Generation Science Standards educators in Plainivlle and Southington
  • Connecticut Storytelling Center, $7,000
    from the Talcott Stanley Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Start With Stories, a program that brings storytellers into elementary schools in New Britain
  • Consolidated School District of New Britain, $40,000
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund, Louis G. and Ada C. Amodio Fund for Children, Anonymous Fund for Education, Justus S. and Lillian F. Beach Fund, and Charles L. Munford, Jr., Memorial Fund to support XTREME and CREATE, summer programs designed to help diminish the achievement and enrichment gap
  • First Tee Program of Connecticut, $15,000
    from the J. Edward and Justine B. Melson Family Fund, William T. Livingston Memorial Fund, Ted and Nancy Howe Fund, Jeannette Elizabeth Westlake Memorial Fund, Donald W. and Virginia C. Davis Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support golf cirriculum in the Consolidated School District of New Britain
  • Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, $10,000
    from the William E. Attwood Jr. Fund, Marshall A. Pease Memorial Fund, Vic and Jane Darnell Fund, and Donald W. and Virginia C. Davis Fund for JA Pathways to Careers, a new program at Berlin High School
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, $20,000
    from the Ted and Nancy Johnson Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Community Based Mentoring & mentor2.0 programs in Greater New Britain
  • Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain, Inc., $10,000
    from the Robert A. and Phyllis T. Mugford Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Men in Color Program
  • Siena Learning Center, $11,175
    from the Edmund G. Noyes Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to accommodate SLC’s waiting list and technology upgrades

Health and Human Services

We believe that having access to services that help maintain or improve health, or which help citizens gain access to basic human services, is fundamental to quality of life.

  • Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, Inc., $20,000
    from the Howland Rogers Family Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Youth Development Programs at the Club’s
  • Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, $12,500
    from the Frances P. Parker Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Legal Representation & Families in Transition programs in Greater New Britain
  • Columbus House Inc., $7,500
    from the Ev and Ethel Herre Memorial Fund and Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund to support case management for seniors at The Jefferson
  • Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, $5,000
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund and Anonymous Fund to provide Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training to area police departments
  • Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., $10,000
    from the Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support strategic planning and the website redesign
  • Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, $5,000
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the Legal Education program expansion in Greater New Britain
  • CW Resources, $10,000
    from the Weld Fund for Capital Needs and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for a Well-Being in Retirement program
  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut, $30,668
    from the Stanley and Bernice Shepard Fund, A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund, and Carolyn’s Healthy Environment Fund for SIM Laboratory Upgrades
  • Klingberg Family Centers, Inc., $17,600
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, Ronald and Alice Gilrain Fund, and Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund to evaluate the gaps in services for those on the Autism spectrum and offer training for providers
  • Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc. (L.I.S.A.), $10,000
    from the Marjorie Wright Tomlinson Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support a feasibility study
  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc., $12,000
    from the Junior League of Greater New Britain Funds and Spencer P. Torell Fund, Robert A. and Phyllis T. Mugford Fund for security enhancements
  • Salvation Army, $15,000
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Pathway to Hope program in Greater New Britain
  • Senior Transportation Services, $6,128
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Technology Upgrades for new computers and a printer to support operations
  • Town of Southington, Parks and Recreation Department, $6,700
    from the Weld Fund for Capital Needs for a new ADA compliant pool lift chair for the public pool
  • United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, $25,000
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund, Vicenta Alverio Memorial Fund, William and Bette Batchelor Fund, and Bernard McAvay Fund for Emergency Assistance Plan to aid Hurricane Survivors from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands facing potential homelessness in our four towns
  • Wheeler Clinic, Inc., $15,000
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for a new Nutrition Wellness Program in Greater New Britain
  • YWCA of New Britain, $30,000
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund, and Helen M. Lynch Fund for Building Hope Together to support the Homelessness Prevention Program and Work Plan Coordinator position
  • YWCA of New Britain, $3,500
    from the Howland Rogers Family Fund to sponsor a Photo Voice presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference

Sub-total, Community Response Grants: $502,471

Donor Advised Grants

  • The Andrews and Woznis Families Fund
    • $4,126 to New Britain Roots for general operating support
    • $4,126 to House of Heroes, CT Chapter for general operating support
    • $4,126 HRA for the Osgood Food Pantry
  • Bombaci Family Fund
    • $10,000 to Camp YPI for general operating support
  • Kevin and Christine (Malachowski) Bruemmer Fund
    • $500 to First Congregational Church of Southington for general support
    • $200 to Southington Library for general support
    • $200 to Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention for general support
    • $200 to Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for general support
    • $200 to Siena Learning Center for general support
    • $200 to New Britain Public Library for general support
    • $200 Nevada Museum of Art for general support
    • $200 The Discovery for general support
  • Conry Asset Management Charitable Fund
    • $1,000.00 to the Mooreland Hill School for general operating support.
  • Ericson, Scalise & Mangan, P.C. Fund
    • $500 to NBHS Football for technology upgrades
  • Howey Family Fund
    • $6,653.33 to Klingberg Family Centers for general operating support
    • $6,653.33 to Wheeler Clinic for general operating support
    • $6,653.33 to Greater New Britain Teen Prevention for general operating support
  • Lasher Fund in Memory of Douglas S. Lasher
    • $880 to the First Years First Fund
  • Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund
    • $5,000 to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Program which offers direct assistance to meet Hurricane Maria evacuees’ basic needs such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, clothing, furniture, and licensure.
    • $5,000 to Community Mental Health Affiliates for the “Nuestra Comunidad es Familia” – “Our Community is Family” program which will provide family support groups for parents and children who have migrated to Greater New Britain as a result of Hurricane Maria. A bilingual clinician will lead the group focusing on recognizing trauma, coping skills for regulating emotions, mindfulness techniques, and strategies for managing anger and stress.
  • Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund
    • $300.00 to the New Britain Legacies youth basketball program
    • $500.00 to the Race CF Inc. Race Cystic Fibrosis Program
    • $1,000.00 to the New Britain Fagan Jr. Baseball League’s youth baseball program
    • $5,000.00 to New Britain High School Parents Music Association for new madrigal costumes
    • $300.00 to Grace C.M.E. Church in support of the Connie Wilson Collins Gala
    • $1,000.00 to Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    • $2,500.00 to Coram Deo in support of the annual banquet
    • $1,000 to the Polish American Foundation to support the Little Poland Festival
    •$1,000 to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative to support the 2018 Race in the Park
    • $1,000 to the New Britain Industrial Museum for operating costs
    • $500 to the NBHS Athletic Department for new racquets, gear, and lessons for the Boys Tennis Team
    • $500 to the New Britain Public Library for the Summer Reading Program
    • $275 to the Archdiocese of Hartford for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
    • $1,450 to the Petit Family Foundation for the 12th Annual Golf Tournament
    • $1,000 to New Britain Parks & Rec. for the scholarship program for summer camp
    • $3,250 to New Britain Parks & Rec. for the Monument to Global War on Terror in Central Park
    • $720 to New Britain Parks & Rec. for the Annual Jr. Tennis Classic
    • $1,500 to the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for the 19th Annual Golf Outing
    • $3,000 to CCARC for the 48th annual Golf Open
    • $500 to Saint Katharine Drexel Parish for the St. Jerome sponsorship
    • $200 to CT Breast Health Initiative in support of the Howard Belkin Golf Tournament
    • $200 to Goodwill Series in support of Michael Gajda
    • $800 to Theatre of Imagination Novum in support of the Musical Program to celebrate the 100th Anniversarty of Poland Regaining Independence
  • Round Table Fund
    • $1,000.00 to New Britain-Berlin YMCA for general purposes in memory of Selden Kenneth Griffen, III
    • $500 to the NBHS PTO for the 2018 All Night Graduation
    • $500 to the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for the Summer Youth Employment Program
  • The Perra Family Fund
    • $1,000.00 to the Hill-Stead Museum for general operating support.
    • $1,000 to Comfort Cases for the Texas Border Program Support
  • Maria Pietrantuono Fund
    • $200 to OIC for general operating support
  • Schaller Auto World Fund
    • $3,000 to the Miracle League of CT for the Hole-in-One
    • $500 to the Keith and Ann Bova Family Fund
    • $2,500 to Berlin High School for safety improvements
    • $2,500 to Plainville Community Scholarship for safety improvements
    • $2,500 to New Britain High School for safety improvements
    • $2,500 to Southington High School for safety improvements
    • $500 to Rebuilding Together Hartford for the Hammers, Nails, & Cocktails event
  • Leonard W. and Jeannette C. Varkal Fund
    • $250 to the New Britain Public Library for the acquisition of books
  • Raymond and Frances Wolski Family Fund
    • $1,377 to Arts for Learning CT for the Tanglewood Marionettes performance at Smalley School
    • $2,100 to the Consolidated School District of New Britain for the Marichi Mexico Antiguo Performance
    • $700 to the Friends of NBHS Football for the Niantic Camp practice week

Sub-Total, Donor Advised Grants: $107,239.99

Designated Grants

  • Anonymous Fund
    Foundation of Special Care, Pulmonary Support Group/Special Care Breath-Takers
  • The Bialkowski Family Fund
    Sacred Heart School, financial aid for students
  • The Bialkowski Family Religious Fund
    Divine Word Missionaries, for training of young persons for priesthood or as missionaries
    Salesian Missions, training young persons for priesthood or as missionaries
    The Marist Brothers, Inc., for training young persons for priesthood or as missionaries
    Saint Lawrence Seminary, training young persons for priesthood or as missionaries
    Oblate Missions of Mary Immaculate, training young persons for priesthood or as missionaries
    Scared Heart Church, for its general purposes
  • Carlson Family Fund
    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, Inc. Fund
    Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin
  • CFGNB Administrative Endowment Fund
    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
  • Greta Rogers Cook Fund
    Klingberg Family Centers New Britain
    New Britain Public Library
  • Fred A. Damiani and Jeannette C. Varkal Fund
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • John Noxon “Nox” and Cherry Howard Fund
    Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, Inc.
    Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
  • Iaia Fund in Memory of Antonio, Ignazia, Joseph and Paul
    St. Ann Church
  • Curtis and Degi Jennings Fund
    Jefferson Elementary School, for enrichment and extracurricular activities
  • Edith Johnson Fund
    First Lutheran Church of the Reformation, advance the causes of music and young people
    New Britain Area Interfaith Conference, Inc., public education efforts
  • Henry and Christa Juengst Fund
    American Cancer Society, Inc.
    American Diabetes Association, Inc.
    American Heart Association, Inc.
    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
    Kensington Congregational Church
    Salvation Army
  • Stanley and Anelia Kustra Fund
    Foundation of Special Care, pediatric programs
    Hartford Hospital, cardiac programs
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut, George Bray Cancer Center
    Salvation Army of New Britain
  • Robert J. Loughery Fund
    Sisters of Mercy, Northeast Community
  • Stanley J. Markiewicz Fund
    Archdiocese of Hartford, Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
  • New Britain High School Foundation Fund
    New Britain High School Foundation
  • Myrna M. Pauloz Senior Center Fund
    Berlin Senior Center, to support the physical needs and activities of the organization
  • Myrna M. Pauloz Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain Campus Fund
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut, to support medical research relating to inpatient care and to directly benefit inpatient in  other ways
  • Hugh and Lois Penney Fund
    CCARC
    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, Administrative Endowment
    Connecticut Conference of United Church of Christ
    Friendship Service Center
    Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain
    Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut
    New Britain Museum of American Art
    South Congregational-First Baptist Church
    YMCA of New Britain-Berlin
  • Penneys for the Foundation Fund
    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Administrative Endowment
  • Herbert M. and Edyth Woodruff Peterson Fund
    Friendship Service Center
    Salvation Army of New Britain
    South Congregational-First Baptist Church, New Britain
    YMCA of New Britain-Berlin
    YWCA of New Britain
  • Joanne Michelini Pigott Fund
    Berlin Peck Memorial Library, for book acquisition
  • Father John J. Reilley Fund
    Archdiocese of Hartford, Educational Fund
  • Sacred Heart School Fund
    Sacred Heart School, New Britain
  • Joseph and Christine J. Schribert Designated Fund
    American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter
    Arthritis Foundation- Connecticut
    Church of St. Mary
    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
    Foundation for Special Care
    Hartford Hospital, to add to the Endowment for Cardiac Programs and research
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut, to benefit the George Bray Cancer Center
    VNA Healthcare, Inc., to provide hospice care to the people of New Britain
  • Southington Library Endowment Fund
    Southington Library Endowment
  • Southington Library Donor Endowment Fund
    Southington Library Endowment Donor Fund
  • Stanley Memorial Church Fund
    Stanley Memorial-Fountain of Life Church
  • The Tanner Family Fund
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • Helen P.G. and John C. Vibberts Fund
    New Britain Museum of American Art, for conservation and maintenance of the Sanford B.D. Low Collection
  • John C. and Helen P.G. Vibberts Fund
    Foundation of Special Care, to support Hospital for Special Care
  • The Weld Fund
    American Legion Eddy Glover Post #6
    Art League of New Britain
    Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut River Council, to benefit New Britain Scouts
    Boys and Girls Club of New Britain
    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
    CONCORA
    Connecticut Theatre Company
    Foundation of Special Care
    The Hospital of Central Connecticut
    Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain
    ount Holyoke College
    New Britain Garden Club
    New Britain Industrial Museum
    New Britain Museum of American Art
    New Britain Public Library
    New Britain Symphony Society
    New Britain Youth Museum
    Repertory Theater of New Britain
    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Britain
    United Way of New Britain & Berlin, Inc.
    YWCA of New Britain

Sub-Total, Designated Grants: $199,812.70

Scholarships Awarded

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain awarded a total of $224,150 in scholarships to students from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington and other towns.

Sub-total, Scholarships:$224,150

Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin

Total CCNBB Grants Approved: $156,000

Community Sponsorship Awards From the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund

  • Arc of Southington, $500
    to support the Annual Variety Show
  • Good Cause Gifts, $250
    to support the 2018 Fashion Extravaganza
  • Neighborhood Housing Services, $250
    for the 40th Anniversary Gala
  • New Britain Commission on Persons with Disabilities, $250
    to support the 11th Annual Ability Walk & Roll
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, $250
    to sponsor the “Looking for America” exhibit
  • New Britain Public Library, $250
    to fund Literary Libations Vol. V
  • New Britain ROOTS, $750
    for the 2018 Garden Crawl
  • New Britain Rotary, $350
    for the Annual Valentine’s Day Event
  • No Boundaries Youth Theater, $750
    to sponsor 3 performances of “The Velveteen Rabbit”
  • PARC, $250
    to support the Helen Coughlin Memorial Walk
  • Pathways, $250
    for the 20th Annual Walkathon
  • Polish American Foundation, $250
    to support the Immigrant Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • Southington Apple Harvest Festival, $1,000
    for the 2018 Southington Apple Harvest Festival
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts Center, $1,500
    for the purchase of a personalized painted Apple Core
  • Southington Italian American Festival, $250
    for the 2018 festival
  • Sudanese American House, $500
    for the Grand Opening
  • Town of Southington, $750
    to support White Christmas in the Community
  • Village of Planstville, $750
    to fund Halloween in the Village
  • Wheeler Regional YMCA, $500
    to sponsor the Rick Varsell Memorial Spin-A-Thon

Total Community Sponsorship Awards Approved: $9,600