2019 Grants & Initiatives 2019-09-24T18:38:56+00:00

2019 Grants & Initiatives

Through September 2019 the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded $1,109,817.46 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 Art League of New Britain for a board retreat that will explore organizational capacity for expanded programming and expansion of their physical space.
  • $2,000 to Bread for Life for a board self-assessment and retreat to clarify expectations and to create a board development plan that strengthens governance.
  • $2,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to create a strategic plan and for a one-year subscription to a donor database.
  • $2,000 to the Friendship Service Center to strengthen the organization and its governance through a Mission Matrix Mapping evaluation process.
  • $2,000 to Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention for a board self-assessment that will increase board capacity, identify future strategic objectives and strengthen fundraising efforts.
  • $2,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut to develop a succession plan that will help the organization to prepare for the future.
  • $2,000 to the New Britain Industrial Museum for board recruitment and orientation to identify current and future needs of the board, clarify roles and responsibilities and retain members.
  • $2,000 to the New Britain Public Library for a retreat on board training including reviewing roles and responsibilities and identifying organizational objectives and strategies and the board’s role in advancing them.
  • $2,000 to the New Britain Symphony Orchestra to undertake a board assessment to strengthen board membership, governance and performance.
  • $2,000 to New Britain ROOTS to evaluate and train current board members, implement a plan for board recruitment, and set goals for board member fundraising.
  • $2,000 to Senior Transportation Services to establish a board recruitment and orientation process to increase board capacity, fundraising and visibility.
  • $2,000 to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA for a board retreat that will help build, train and orient the board of advisors on their roles as it relates to the organization.

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.

  • $30,000 from the First Years First Fund to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to support staffing and goals during Fiscal year 2019-20 aimed at fulfilling the Collaborative’ s mission that “all children are healthy and prepared for school.”
  • $10,000 from the First Years First Fund to the Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) to support the development of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Fast-Track Institute for early childhood teacher training and certification.
  • $35,000 to Southington Public Schools, Southington Family Resource Center to match funding from the Southington Public Schools to support 2019-20 school year and summer Family Resource Center programming.
  • $7,500 to Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative to support the 2019-20 work of the Collaborative which aims to support creation of a coordinated system of early care, education and child development in Connecticut.

Sub-Total, Community Initiatives Grants: $82,500

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.

  • The Art League of New Britain, $20,000.00
    from the Talcott Stanley Fund, Justus S. and Lillian F. Beach Fund, CFGNB Trust Endowment Fund for capital campagin support to provide structural stabilization to the historic Carriage House building
  • New Britain Industrial Museum, $2,950.00
    from the Ted and Nancy Howe Fund, Catharine McHenry Rogers Fund, Con Fed Charitable Fund, Donald W. and Virginia C. Davis Fund for the Hardware City Road Show to showcase the Museum’s collection and promote innovation at local schools and museums
  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, $7,300.00
    from the William T. Livingston Memorial Fund and Howland Rogers Family Fund for an Environmental Education program for Berlin first graders at Hungerford Park Nature Center

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.

  • Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, $25,000.00
    from the Weld Fund for Capital Needs, Anonymous Fund, and Anna T. Deutsch Fund for capital campaign support of the Save Sloper Pond project
  • Town of Southington, $25,000 ($50,000.00 over two years)
    from the Louis G. and Ada C. Amodio Fund for Children, Alix W. Stanley Charitable Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for a capital grant to support the new Memorial Park Playscape

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, $15,000.00
    from the Charles L. Munford, Jr., Memorial Fund, Spencer P. Torell Fund, Howland Rogers Family Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to provide Next Generation Science Standards professional development for educators in Plainivlle and Southington
  • Consolidated School District of New Britain, $25,000.00
    from the Jeannette Elizabeth Westlake Memorial Fund, Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the start-up of the new New Britain High School Academy of Manufacturing, Engineering, & Technology Academy
  • First Tee Program of Connecticut, $7,500.00
    from the Anonymous Fund, J. Edward and Justine B. Melson Family Fund, and Anna T. Deutsch Fund to support golf cirriculum in the Consolidated School District of New Britain
  • Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, Inc., $20,000.00
    from the William E. Attwood Jr. Fund and Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund to establish the Career Facilitator Volunteer Corps, Employer/Employee Life Skills Program, and Volunteer Social Media Skills Program

Health and Human Services

  • Berlin Senior Center, $9,000.00
    from the Ev and Ethel Herre Memorial Fund, Margaret (Rau) and Rudolph Kloiber Memorial Fund, Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, and Spencer P. Torell Fund for capacity building support to hire a program coordinator for the Center
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates, $25,000 ($50,000.00 over two years)
    from the Marshall A. Pease Memorial Fund, Carolyn’s Healthy Environment Fund, Elizabeth J. Berry Fund, and CFGNB Trust Endowment for capital campaign support to renovate the new CMHA building
  • Giving Back Food Pantry, $4,000.00
    from the Bernard McAvay Fund for capacity building support to create a brochure and increase individuals served
  • Libraries in Berlin, New Britain, & Plainville, $13,728.00
    from the Stanley and Bernice Shepard Fund, Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, and a $2,500 contribution from the Main Street Community Foundation to provide a part-time social worker at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, New Britain Public Library, and Plainville Public Library
  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc., $15,000.00
    from the Bernard McAvay Fund, A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund, and Junior League of Greater New Britain Funds for the Supportive Housing Program, which provides safe, stable, affordable homes for victims and families who would otherwise be homeless due to domestic violence
  • United Way of Southington, $15,000.00
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund to support website upgrades and a part-time website manager
  • VetFuel, $4,500.00
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund for Veteran Discharge Upgrades education seminars and community discourse dinners at local American Legion Posts

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.

Sub-total, Community Response Grants: $231,478

Donor Advised Grants

  • Conry Asset Management Charitable Fund
    • $1,000 to Prudence Crandall Center for operating support
  • Ericson, Scalise & Mangan, P.C. Fund
    • $250 to the EdRising Club of the Consolidated School District of New Britain
  • Walter R. Fletcher, Jr., DMD Family Fund
    • $500.00 to Mooreland Hill School to support scholarships
  • Frank and Ernestine Fraprie Fund
    • $864 to the CCARC for the general operating
    • $400 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for general operating
  • Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund
    • $10,000 to the Instituto Socio – Económico Comunitario, Inc. for the Economic Development Micro-Enterprises Award program
    • $3,432.24 to Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness for the Housing Stabilization Program
    • $16,941 to Accion Social de Puerto Rico for the VALOR program
  • Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund
    • $2,250 New Britain Police Athletic League for general operating
    • $300 to OIC New Britain for the OIC Gala
    • $1,000.00 to the Polonia Business Association in support of the Little Poland Festival
  • Kevin and Christine (Malachowski) Bruemmer Fund
    • $310 to Prudence Crandall Center to purchase a table saw
    • $500.00 to The Discovery for general operating support
    • $200.00 to Pathways Senderos for general operating support
    • $250.00 to First Congregational Church for general operating support
  • Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund
    • $500.00 to New Britain Fagan Jr. Baseball League for the purchase of new uniforms
    • $300.00 to YWCA of New Britain in support of the 2019 Leadership Luncheon
    • $1,000.00 to Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for the Annual Race in the Park
    • $500.00 to Race CF Inc. in support of cycling initiatives for individuals with CF
    • $800.00 to New Britain Police Explorers for the purchase of new uniforms
  • Naples Family Fund
    • $200 to the YWCA New Britain for general operating support
    • $250 to Prudence Crandall Center for general operating support
    • $500.00 New Britain Public Library for general operating support
  • Benjamin A. Hawley New Britain Day Nursery Fund
    • $50,000.00 to the Hospital For Special Care in support of their capital campaign
  • New Britain Saturday Night Club Fund
    • $500 to Literacy Volunteers of Central CT for general operating support
    • $1,000 to Rivers Alliance of Connecticut for CCSU’s Center for Policy & Social Research Conference
    • $500 Central Connecticut State University to purchase books for the education fundamentals class (in addition, $29 was spent to purchase bookplates Sir Speedy)
    • $1,000.00 to New Britain Symphony Society, Inc. for general operating support
  • Obedzinski Family Fund
    • $100.00 to Disabled American Veterans, Inc. to support the Wreaths Across America Fundraiser
  • The Perra Family Fund
    • $1,000 to the Hill-Stead Museum for general operating
  • Pescosolido Holding Fund
    • $3,448 to Consolidated School District of New Britain to purchase reading and cultural books
  • Round Table Fund
    • $1,000.00 to Literacy Volunteers of Central CT in honor of Paul Marier
  • Schaller Auto World Fund
    • $3,000.00 to Miracle League of CT for Hole In One sponsorship

Sub-Total, Donor Advised Grants: $103,824

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: $313,111

Scholarships Awarded

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

Sub-total, Scholarships:$199,599

Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin

Total CCNBB Grants Approved: $173,230

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

  • Arc of Southington, $250
    To support the Annual Variety Show
  • Berlin High School Band Parents Association, $500
    To support Jazz with Pizazz
  • Bread for Life, $250
    To support the Bread for Life Golf Tournament
  • City of New Britain Commission on Persons with Disabilities, $250
    To support the 12th Annual “Ability Walk and Roll”
  • CCARC, $750
    To support Home…Where our Story Begins
  • Disabled American Veterans, Inc., $300
    To support the Wreaths Across America Fundraiser
  • Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce – The Buzz, $250
    To support Tacos, Tequila and Tee-Shots
  • Hospital of Central Connecticut, $500
    To support the 2019 Chrysanthemum Ball
  • Klingberg Family Centers, Inc., $500
    To support the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series
  • Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm, $400
    To support the LEAF Community Garden
  • Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, Inc., $250
    To support Love of Literacy
  • New Britain High School Football, $100
    To support the annual Golf Tournament fundraiser
  • New Britain High School Parents Music Association, $250
    To support the fifth annual Gala Dinner
  • New Britain Little League, $650
    To support the 2019 Little League Season
  • OIC New Britain, $375
    To support the OIC Annual Gala
  • Plainville Family Resource Network, $500
    To support the Plainville Family Fest
  • Polish American Foundation of Connecticut, $350
    To support the Annual Polish Festival
  • Saint Paul School, $250
    To support the Annual Saint Paul School Golf Open
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts, $500
    To support Dinner Under the Stars
  • Southington Education Foundation, Inc., $500
    To support the 2019 Spring for Education Gala
  • Southington Festival Chorale, $500
    To support the “Voices of our ancestors” Spring Concert
  • Southington High School All Knight Graduation Committee, $250
    To support the All Knight Graduation Party
  • Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, $450
    To support the Apple Harvest Festival Road Race
  • Town of Southington, $250
    In support of the 2019 Apple Harvest Festival
  • Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, $500
    To support Healthy Kids Day
  • YWCA New Britain, $750
    To support the Women in Leadership Luncheon

Total Community Sponsorship Awards Approved: $6,075