Community Event Funding Available

Community Event Sponsorship Award Pilot Program to be Continued by Community Foundation in 2015

December 1 Application Deadline for Local Events Seeking Financial Support

New Britain, Conn. (October 30, 2014) – Fresh off a successful initial foray into the sponsorship of local community-oriented events, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB) has elected to extend its Community Sponsorship Awards pilot program into 2015.

The program offers limited financial sponsorships to support community-wide special events taking place in the Foundation’s four-town service area. Event planners working on behalf of local non-profit programs and organizations conducting special events between January 1 and June 30, 2015 must apply by December 1 to be considered.

“We’ve been very pleased thus far with the quality of the events we chose to support this year, and with the broad exposure these events provide so that we may raise awareness of the good work of the Community Foundation,” said CFGNB Vice President, Operations Bob Trojanowski. “It makes sense to us to continue this program for now, and to support local events that play such a vital role in the health and vitality of our communities.”

In August, the Community Foundation awarded small grants to a variety of 2014 community events including the Apple Harvest Festival of Southington, the New Britain Youth Museum’s Pumpkin Palooza Trail Walk, the Oneida Health Foundation’s Fall Wellness Fair in Plainville and the upcoming New Britain-Berlin YMCA’s Tinsel Fun Run on December 6 in Berlin. Awards ranged from $500 to $1,000.

The Foundation will make a limited number of Community Sponsorship Awards to 501(c)(3) organizations conducting community special events in its four-town service area during the specified dates. Preference is given to community events that celebrate and promote children and families; arts, culture and heritage; education; and civic engagement.

Requests should not exceed $750. However, the Community Foundation may elect to consider awards larger than $750 at its discretion. Awards are limited to one award per organization or event. Awards will not be made to support golf tournaments, sporting events and annual meetings.

To apply for a CFGNB 2015 Community Sponsorship Award, contact Kaylah Smith at or Bob Trojanowski at, or call (860) 229-6018, ext. 300.
Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit