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. In 2020, Capacity Building grants were dedicated to making mini grants to nonprofit organizations in the form of mini grants totaling $34,022 to help organizations through the pandemic.
- $1,398 to the Art League of New Britain to purchase an Air Scrubber to maintain healthy air quality for indoor programming
- $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain to purchase PPE equipment and supplies to maintain a safe and sanitary environment
- $2,000 the Bread for Life to purchase picnic tables for safe outdoor seating and dining of guest
- $1,925 to CCARC for equipment/technology supplies needed for additional staff and clients to participate in in the Day Services program
- $2,000 to Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington for technology projects that will facilitate operations and communications
- $1,500 to Girls With Voices to create a website to support programming and other social marketing opportunities
- $1,290 to Giving Back Food Pantry to purchase equipment to transition food distribution and programs to an outdoor drive-thru model
- $600 to House of Heroes, CT Chapter to purchase a printer needed to facilitate programming and services for veterans
- $1,500 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut to purchase the digital version of “Easy English News” for use of students and tutors during the COVID pandemic
- $2,000 to Main Street Children’s Choir to support costs associated with the transition to online learning during the COVID pandemic
- $2,000 to New Britain Industrial Museum to support the creation of a safe and socially distant exhibit to continue programming during the pandemic
- $2,000 to New Britain Museum of American Art to purchase laptops and tablets for use by the Education Department to facilitate online programming and remote work
- $909 to New Britain Public Library to purchase Zoom licenses, webcams and the Canva graphic design platform to improve programming and marketing capabilities during the pandemic
- $1,000 to New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park to purchase a laptop and a Zoom subscription to facilitate remote staff meetings, fundraisers and the presentation of virtual educational programming for school aged children
- $2,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain to support a website re-design to improve outreach to target audience and for marketing and fundraising
- $2,000 to ParaDYM Academy for technology and PPE specific to media production to facilitate after school programming
- $1,750 to Prudence Crandall Center to purchase laptops needed to allow staff to return safely to work on-site
- $1,200 to Queen Ann Nzinga Center for Cultural Education & Social Change for social media assistance to produce a video for fundraising and marketing
- $1,000 to Siena Learning Center for equipment needed to provide training workshops for tutors to help them shift to online learning and teach virtually
- $2,000 to Southington Community Services for the production of 2 videos that will 1) to increase awareness of SCC services and 2) to promote and market the pantry marketing purposes
- $1,950 to the Sudanese American House in CT for two laptops and a Zoom account to facilitate online meetings, programming and communication with clients
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: $