Funding Supports Wide Range of Programs and Initiatives; New Britain Museum of American Arts and Southington Family Resource Center Receive Major Funding
NEW BRITAIN, CT -- The New Britain Museum of American Art’s Education and Outreach Program and the Southington Public Schools’ Family Resource Center were among the major beneficiaries of more than $200,000 in grants awarded this week by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB).
The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved $216,405 in grants supporting a wide variety of non-profit programs and community initiatives serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The awards include $16,500 in scholarships. Including grants awarded this year by the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, a supporting organization of CFGNB, the Community Foundation’s 2017 grant total now stands at nearly $900,000.
Following is the complete list of approved grants and scholarships:
Arts, Culture & Heritage
- Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. A $12,000 grant to hire a part-time individual and corporate giving manager.
- New Britain Industrial Museum. A $5,000 grant to offset expenses associated with the Museum’s recent relocation.
- New Britain Youth Theater. A $13,000 grant to fund the start-up of an all-inclusive program.
- New Britain Museum of American Art. A $50,000 grant for the Museum’s Education and Outreach program.
Community and Economic Development
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain. A $25,000 grant to support the Community Building and Engagement Program.
Health and Human Services
- A $15,000 grant to hire a development consultant for the organization’s upcoming capital campaign.
- A $10,000 grant to renovate a bathroom for the program that serves children with disabilities.
First Years First Fund (Early Childhood Development)
- Southington Public Schools’ Family Resource Center. A $35,000 grant to match 2017-2018 school system funding for the Center, which provides support, education and programming for Southington families with young children to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
- Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. A $7,500 grant to continue the Collaborative’s work aimed at creating a coordinated system early care, education and child development in Connecticut.
- Ronald F. Gilrain Scholarship Fund. Scholarships of $2,000 each to 2017 New Britain High School graduates Austin Lopez and Dalian Dominguez.
- David R. Kovacs Scholarship Fund. A $4,000 scholarship to 2014 New Britain High School graduate Dennis Villanueva.
- Suzanne Beckius Scholarship Fund. A $500 scholarship to 2017 Southington High School graduate Laura
- Dennis J. Stanek Sr. Memorial Fund. An $8,000 gift to the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA to provide camperships for children to Camp Sloper.
Community Sponsorship Awards
- Good Cause Gifts. A $750 award to support the Fashion Extravaganza, which supports retail training and employment programs for individuals with disabilities, on November 2, 2017.
- New Britain Museum of American Art. A $750 award to support December Community Day, a free event to celebrate the winter season with performances and activities on December 10, 2017.
- New Britain Youth Museum. A $500 award for the Great Pumpkin Festival, a family event with games, crafts and a scavenger hunt on October 21, 2017.
- New Britain-Berlin YMCA. A $500 award to support the Endless Summer Luau honoring Betty Fumiatti, which took place on September 9, 2017.
- Pathways Senderos. A $100 award for the 19th Annual Walkathon, which raises funds to create an atmosphere of caring and learning for at-risk youth and their parents, September 24, 2017.
- Town of Southington A $1,000 award for the Lighting of the Linear Trail at the White Christmas event on December 1, 2017.
- Village of Plantsville. A $750 award for Halloween in the Village, a safe place for trick-or-treating where businesses and shops open up their doors for kids in the village, October 26, 2017.
- YMCA Southington. A $450 award to support the 2017 Apple Harvest Road Race, October 1, 2017.
- Kevin and Christine (Malachowski) Bruemmer Fund. A $500 grant to First Congregational Church of Southington; a $600 grant to Farrell Treatment Center; a $200 grant to Southington Community Cultural Arts; a $200 grant to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative; a $200 grant to the YWCA of New Britain Strive Program.
- Frank and Ernestine Fraprie Fund. A $600 grant to the Hospital of Central Connecticut; a $1,800 grant to CCARC.
- Susie and Charles Gustin Memorial Fund. A $1,000 grant to Warm the Children for direct service; a $750 grant to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut; a $750 grant to the New Britain Public Library; a $500 grant to HRA New Britain for direct service to the Osgood Food Pantry.
- Joan and Charles Leach Fund. A $4,540 grant to the New Britain Family Resource Center for its Early Childhood Program.
- Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund. A $1,450 grant to the Petit Family Foundation; a $250 grant to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation for the Children’s Charities Tennis Classic; a $3,000 grant to CCARC to support the 47th Annual Golf Open; a $2,475 grant to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Connecticut Chapter for Will’s Warriors Team Fundraising Goal; a $150 grant to the New Britain-Berlin YMCA for Endless Summer VIII; a $200 grant to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for a Tee Sponsorship; a $150 grant to Friends of New Britain High School Football for a program book donation.
- Maria Pietrantuono Fund. A $200 grant to the New Britain Academy for Health Professions.
- Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin, Inc. Fund. A $1,500 grant to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp.
- Spirit of Beth Telfer Memorial Fund. A $490 grant to Southington Community Cultural Arts.
- Leonard W. and Jeannette C. Varkal Fund. A $300 grant to the New Britain Public Library for books related to contemporary history.
- Margaret (Rau) & Rudolph Kloiber Memorial Fund. A $500 grant to Central Connecticut State University’s Physical Education and Human Performance Department for Goal Ball equipment, which is a sport originally designed for individuals with visual impairments.
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.
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