Foundation Grants Top $270,000

Community Foundation Grants Top $270,000

Grants Include Nearly $90,000 in First Years First Funding

New Britain, Conn., October 11, 2016 – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain recently authorized $272,451 in grant awards to a variety of non-profit programs and initiatives serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington, including nearly $90,000 in grant awards from its First Years First Fund to support early childhood development programs and initiatives.

Through September, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in 2016 grants.

The latest round of First Years First grants include a $35,000 matching grant to Southington Public School to support the Family Resource Center of Southington; a $23,261 grant to Plainville Community Schools to add five I-Pads and to purchase non-fiction, culturally diverse literature, dress-up clothes and pretend play items for preschool students; a $17,556 grant to the Consolidated School District of New Britain to fund nearly 3,000 hours of parent/educator services for 15 families; a $10,000 grant to the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for enhanced outreach, education and advocacy; and a $2,934 grant to the Plainville Family Resource Center to provide the Conscious Discipline series to Plainville parents and educators.

Established in 2006, First Years First is the Foundation’s signature early childhood development initiative. With the latest round of grants, First Years First has provided nearly $2 million in early childhood development funds to local programs over 10-plus years.

Additional grant awards included:

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. A $7,500 grant from the Donald W. and Virginia C. Davis Fund to provide second-year support of the orchestra’s part-time operations manager and funds for marketing the orchestra’s 20th


New Britain Academy for Health Professions. A $15,000 grant from the Stanley and Bernice Shepard Fund, Johnstone Vance Memorial Fund, Vic and Jane Darnell Fund and Ronald and Alice Gilrain for general operating support.

New Britain High School Satellite Careers Academy. A $2,800 grant from the Vincenta Alverio Memorial Fund to fund programs and projects for young Latina women in the Youth and Leadership Empowerment Group.

New Britain ROOTS. A $10,000 grant from the William T. Livingston Memorial Fund, Spencer P. Torell Fund and Con Fed Charitable Fund for to hire an AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) member for the 2016-2017 year to aid in organizational development.

Siena Learning Center. A $9,000 grant from the Ted and Nancy Johnson Fund and A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to accommodate SLC’s waiting list and extend Wi-Fi throughout classroom spaces.

Health and Human Services

Bread for Life. Up to $50,000 in matching funds from the Weld Fund for Capital Needs and the Johnstone Vance Memorials Fund for a new building.

Children’s Law Center of Connecticut. A $15,000 grant from the Louis G. and Ada C. Amodio Fund for Children, Junior League of Greater New Britain Fund and A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the Legal Representation and Families in Transition programs in New Britain.

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. A $5,000 grant from the A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to support the Working Cities Challenge.

Friendship Service Center. A $10,000 grant from the William and Bette Batchelor Fund and A. W. Stanley Discretionary Fund for the Emergency Needs Program.

Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc. A $10,000 grant from the Anonymous Fund and A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to hire a consultant and to create a strategic plan.

Plainville Community Food Pantry. A $15,000 grant from the Helen M. Lynch Fund and Stanley and Bernice Shepard Fund for general operating support.


Ronald F. Gilrain Scholarship Fund. Scholarships of $2,000 each to New Britain High School 2016 graduates Macris Webb and Jessica Aguilar.

Suzanne Beckius Scholarship Fund. Scholarships of $500 each to Southington High School 2016 graduates Reilly Lincavicks and James Brino.

Community Sponsorship Awards

Good Cause Gifts, Berlin. A $500 sponsorship to support the Fashion Extravaganza, supporting retail training and employment programs for individuals with disabilities.

Hospital for Special Care. A $1,000 sponsorship to support the 75th Anniversary Gala on October 21.

New Britain High School Marching Band. A $250 sponsorship to support the 5th Annual BENefit.

New Britain Latino Coalition. A $1,000 sponsorship to fund the 2016 Latin Fest.

New Britain Youth Theater. A $750 sponsorship to support “Elf the Musical,” December 9, 10 and 11.

Polish American Foundation. A $1,000 sponsorship to support the Dozynki Harvest Festival.

PARC. A $350 sponsorship of the Helen Coughlin Memorial Walk, and a $250 sponsorship of the annual Thanksgiving Bowling Classic, November 19.

Raising Berlin. A $250 sponsorship of the annual Tree Lighting and Food Drive, November 26.

Southington Apple Harvest Festival. A $1,000 sponsorship of the 37th annual event.

Town of Southington. A $500 sponsorship of Southington’s White Christmas, featuring tree lightings and entertainment, December 2.

Village of Plantsville. A $500 sponsorship of Halloween in the Village, a safe place for trick-or-treating, October 27.

YMCA of Southington. A $450 sponsorship of the Apple Harvest Road Race.

Additional Grants

Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund. A $1,000 grant to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation to support the 36th Annual Children’s Tennis Classic; a $1,000 grant to the City of New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Scholarship Fund; an $800 grant to the Tebucky Jones Golf Classic in support of NBHS football; a $1,000 grant to KOHOE Centers in support of the 2016 Latin Festival; a $500 grant New Britain Roots to support the Mobile Farmers Market; a $2,500 grant to support to 46th Annual CCARC Charity Golf Open; a $500 grant to the Polish American Foundation in support of the Dozynki Harvest Festival.

Kevin and Christine (Malachowski) Bruemmer Fund. A $550 grant to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation to support Manes and Motions and the Autism Center; grants of $300 each to the New Britain Public Library and Farrell Treatment Center; a $250 grant to Southington Congregational Church; a $150 grant to Southington Public Library; a $100 grant to Friendship Service Center.

Conry Asset Management Fund. A $500 grant to the New Britain Symphony Society.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, manage permanent charitable assets effectively, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership.  For more information, visit