2020 Grants & Initiatives

Through September 28, 2020 the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded $1,007,475.95 in grants and scholarships. Thank you for your support!

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.

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 $12,500.

  • $1,864 to the Art League of New Britain for a virtual figure drawing class to enhance their online gallery exhibit,
  • $3,000 to CONCORA for PPE and barriers needed for “Virtual CONCORA”,
  • $3,000 to CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for equipment needed for live streaming and virtual programming,
  • $1,500 to New Britain Symphony to cover the cost to live stream the Young People’s concert scheduled for April 2021, and
  • $2,500 to New Britain Youth Museum to create virtual educational programs.

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.

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.

  • $11,750 over 18 months to the Berlin Public Schools to establish a Berlin Early Childhood Council, a new organization focused on early childhood in the Berlin community.
  • $10,000 to the Plainville Family Resource Network for virtual summer programming and the technology to support it
  • $35,000 matching grant to Southington Public Schools to support 2020-21 school year and 2021 programming at the Family Resource Center of Southington.
  • $7,500 to the YWCA of New Britain to support the purchase of sanitizing equipment for the YWCA childcare program.

Sub-Total, Community Initiatives Grants: $76,114

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.

  • Shakesperience Productions, Inc., $5,000.00
    from the Talcott Stanley Fund for Curricular Enhancement Program for students in the Consolidated School District of New Britain

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.

  • Middlebury College, $5,950.00
    from the Jeannette Elizabeth Westlake Memorial Fund to support Arabic families in the New Britain community through the Jiran program.

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.

  • Berlin Upbeat Program, $4,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the two development-training programs in 2020
  • Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, Inc., $10,000.00
    from the Vicenta Alverio Memorial Fund, Alix W. Stanley Charitable Fund, and Spencer P. Torell Fund for Youth development programming at the Club.
  • Connecticut Science Center, $10,000.00
    from the J. Edward and Justine B. Melson Family Fund, Grove Hill Medical Center Fund, Robert A. and Phyllis T. Mugford Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to provide Next Generation Science Standards professional development for educators in New Britain.
  • Consolidated School District of New Britain, $40,000.00
    from the Anonymous Fund, Charles L. Munford, Jr., Memorial Fund, Jeannette Elizabeth Westlake Memorial Fund, and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support SEE, CREATE, and XTREME.
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut, $2,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Leadership Experience for youth in CFGNB’s catchment area
  • Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, Inc., $5,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Strategic Planning
  • Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain, Inc., $10,000.00
    from the Anonymous Fund, Joseph A. Mlynarski, MD, Memorial Fund, and Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund for Tier 1 Summer Youth Employment for New Britain students.
  • ParaDYM Academy, $15,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for New Britain Cares website project
  • Siena Learning Center, $6,750.00
    from the Elizabeth J. Berry Fund, Vic and Jane Darnell Fund, Anna Thornton Fund, and Georgia Knapp Thomson Fund to accommodate additional SLC learners.

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.

  • Chrysalis Center, $5,000.00
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund to support St. Philip House in providing housing and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Gilead Community Services, Inc., $20,000.00
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, Weld Fund for Capital Needs, Catharine McHenry Rogers Fund, and Anna Thornton Fund for to install air conditioning at Farrell Treatment Center.
  • Hartford Food System Inc., $13,000.00
    from the William E. Attwood Jr. Fund, Anna T. Deutsch Fund, Donald W. and Virginia C. Davis Fund, and Marjorie Wright Tomlinson Fund to support a Statewide Food Action Plan and New Britain Food Policy Council.
  • Hospital of Central Connecticut, $10,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Breast Cancer Early Detection program
  • Kensington Garden Club, Inc., $2,500.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for Volunteer Park project
  • Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm, $20,000.00
    from the A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the LEAF’s winterization project
  • PARC, $1,350.00
    from the Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund for sign installation and sign inserts.
  • Salvation Army, $10,000.00
    from the Junior League of Greater New Britain Funds and, Helen M. Lynch Fund  for the Pathway to Hope Program to support the new program in Greater New Britain.

Sub-total, Community Response Grants: $195,550

Donor Advised Grants

  • Helen T. Bianca Nursing Scholarship Fund
    • $3,000.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for general operating in honor of the nurses at HOCC
  • Kevin and Christine (Malachowski) Bruemmer Fund
    • $100.00 to the Bova Family Fund at CFGNB
    • $250.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for COVID-19 Face Shield Project
    • $500.00 to First Congregational Church of Southington for general operating
    • $250.00 to Saint Joachim Parish for Saint Mary’s Church and food bank
    • $250.00 to The Discovery for General Operating
    • $250.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for general support in honor of all HOCC healthcare workers
    • $150.00 to Foodshare for general operating
  • Conry Asset Management Charitable Fund
    • $2,500.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for COVID-19 Face Shield Project
  • Frank and Ernestine Fraprie Fund
    • $1,500.00 to CCARC, Inc. for general operating
    • $1,000.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for general operating
  • Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund
    • $5,810.00 to Instituto Socio Economico Comunitario to support additional microentreprenuers on the island
  • Kindelan Family Fund
    • $1,040.00 to the COVID-19 Initiatives Fund
  • Lasher Fund in Memory of Douglas S. Lasher
    • $2,070.00 to Hospital of Central Connecticut for COVID-19 Face Shield Project
  • Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund
    • $500.00 to New Britain High School PTO for the All Night Graduation Party
    • $500.00 to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – CT Chapter for the CF Cycle for Life
    • $250.00 to The Sunshine Kids Foundation in support of the January 25th BHHS Fundraising Event
    • $300.00 to the City of New Britain Community Services Department for the Mayor’s Wellness Initiative
    • $520.00 to OIC New Britain to support the “Unsung Heroes Matter” Annual Gala
    • $1,000.00 to the CT Breast Health Initiative for Race in the Park
    • $250.00 to New Britain Little League in support of youth baseball and softball
    • $500.00 to Race CF for cycling team initiatives to support and mentor people
    • $1,000.00 to CCSU Center for Africana Studies for the 26th Annual Giving Program
    • $500.00 to Sacred Heart School for their Annual Giving Program
    • $400.00 to New Britain Community Services in support of the Tony March “Paying it Backward”
    • $1,000.00 to New Britain ROOTS, Inc. for City Grower Sponsorship
  • Naples Family Fund
    • $480.00 to New Britain Community Services in support of the Tony March “Paying it Backward”
    • $200.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for COVID-19 Face Shield Project
  • Obedzinski Family Charitable Fund
    • $60.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for COVID-19 Face Shields Project
    • $25.00 to the Coast Guard Foundation, Inc. for general operating
    • $25.00 to Cuatro Puntos for general operating
    • $75.00 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for general operating
    • $75.00 to Foodshare for general operating
    • $40.00 to the New Britain Industrial Museum for general operating
  • Perra Family Fund
    • $1,000.00 to the Hill-Stead Museum for general operating support
  • Raymond and Frances Wolski Family Fund
    • $1,000.00 to Boys and girls Club of New Britain, Inc. for general operating support
    • $1,000.00 to the Friends of the New Britain Public Library for COVID-19 Book Project
  • Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin, Inc. Fund
    • $1,030.00 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for the Ecuador Lens Lab
  • Saturday Night Club Fund
    • $1,000 to the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology Academy Fund at CFGNB
  • Schaller Auto World Fund
    • $5,000.00 to New Britain High School for Safety Improvements
    • $5,000.00 to Plainville Community Schools for Safety Improvements
    • $5,000.00 to Southington High School for Safety Improvements
    • $5,000.00 to Berlin High School for Safety Improvements
  • Spirit of Beth Telfer Memorial Fund
    • $600.00 to Living in Safe Alternatives (L.I.S.A) for general operating support
  • Greater New Britain Disaster Response Fund
    • $2,500 to Accion Social de Puerto Rico for elderly care for earthquake victims in the shelter
    • $2,500 to Veterans Response to establish clean water pumping stations, tents, solar lights, air mattresses and other supplies to help 40-60 earthquake victims

Sub-Total, Donor Advised Grants: $57,000

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: $208,431.95

Scholarships Awarded

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain awarded a total of $262,980 in scholarships to students from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington and other towns.

Sub-total, Scholarships:$262,980

Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin

Total CCNBB Grants Approved: $

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

Total Community Sponsorship Awards Approved: $

COVID-19 Grants

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Foundation is allocating funds to support local organizations serving the residents of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington and also to respond to community needs for the most vulnerable during this crisis. To date, the following grants have been made:

  • $3,000 to Autism Families CONNECTicut for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $900 to Berlin-Peck Memorial Library to create an newspaper advertisement or insert to promote the library’s digital services to residents during COVID-19
  • $7,500 to Bread for Life for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $5,000 to CCARC to purchase laptops and accompanying software, licenses and hardware that will facilitate remote work among employees and services for clients
  • $3,000 to Chrysalis Center to provide supportive housing and case management services for formerly homeless individuals living in Columbus Commons in New Britain and St. Philips House in Plainville
  • $2,500 to CONCORA for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $5,000 to Community Mental Health Affiliates to purchase the technology necessary to provide telehealth services
  • $2,500 to the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) to support the basic needs of Syrian and other refugee families in New Britain who are in struggling due to the pandemic
  • $3,000 to CT Students for a Dream (C4D) to help meet the needs of undocumented youth and their families due to COVID-19.
  • $3,000 to Coram Deo Recovery to create a quarantine home for women in their program should they become infected with the virus or be exposed to someone who is infected
  • $10,000 to Coram Deo for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $2,500 to Family & Children’s Aid to purchase supplies needed by clinicians working with families in in New Britain in the Intensive In-Home Child & Adolescent Pschiatric Services program
  • $5,000 to Family Promise for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $10,000 to the Friendship Service Center for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $5,000 to Gilead Community Services’ Farrell Treatment Center to enable the agency to provide telehealth services and establish a quarantine environment for clients
  • $5,000 to Giving Back Food Pantry for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $10,000 to the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $7,500 to the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $7,500 to Klingberg Family Center to support the start up of an emergency food pantry for the families served by most of Klingberg’s 20 programs, a majority of which live below the poverty line
  • $10,000 to Living in Safe Alternatives (LISA) 1) to help fund PPE, designated quarantine areas, medical supplies and enrichment tools to support the academic needs, social development and the emotional well-being of program residents and 2) for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $7,500 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $2,500 to Neighborhood Housing Services for PPE to prepare 800 Care Kits for residents of the North Oak neighborhood
  • $5,000 to the New Britain Museum of American Art for expenses related to the remote work transition for staff as well as additional sanitizing stations and cleaning supplies to protect staff and visitors.
  • $5,000 to New Britain ROOTS to support “Victory Gardens for Connecticut,” a pilot project aimed at alleviating the growing rates of food insecurity through promoting and coordinating the donation of produce from home gardeners in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington
  • $9,500 to the New Britain-Berlin YMCA for emergency operational support due to COVID-19, and to offset the cost of a ramp needed since the COVID-19 outbreak for the safety and health of employees and Members-In-Residence who live at the facility.
  • $2,500 to New Life II in New Britain to develop a safe and temporary quarantine environment for up men in its recovery housing.
  • $5,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $5,000 to Prudence Crandall Center for initiatives that will allow the organization to maintain the multi-family dwellings and communal living it provides for clients and minimize exposure to COVID-19.
  • $10,000 to Prudence Crandall Center for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $3,000 to the Salvation Army to support the New Britain Emergency Services program in order to meet the increased need for food, necessities and financial assistance to those who have experienced a financial loss as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • $7,500 to the Southington Chamber of Commerce for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $7,500 to the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $2,000 to Southington Community Cultural Arts to create “art bags” for 40 All Access adults with disabilities that will provide this vulnerable population with structure, socialization, connection to their community during this health crisis.
  • $3,000 to Southington Community Cultural Arts for COVID-19 general operating support
  • $2,500 to the Sudanese American House in CT for emergency operational support due to COVID-19
  • $5,000 to the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT for Neighbors in Need COVID-19 Response
  • $5,000 to VetFuel for COVID-19 general operating support

Sub-total, COVID-19 Grants:$207,400