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Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Tops $1 Million in Grantmaking for 2012

Funding Advances Local Efforts in Early Childhood Development, Arts, Education, Health, Human Services and More

New Britain, Conn. (January 31, 2013) – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain concluded its 2012 grantmaking year with grant awards and scholarships totaling more than $1 million, impacting and advancing a wide variety of programs, projects and causes vital to the health and well-being of its four service communities of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved $228,349 in year-end grants, bringing the Foundation’s total impact for the year including all grant and scholarship categories to $1,065,311.

The Foundation awards grants three times yearly in four funding categories: discretionary/field of interest, donor advised, designated and scholarship. Discretionary and field of interest funds are awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors; donor advised funds are established by an individual, family, company or organization with that party playing an advisory role in the grantmaking process; designated funds are established by an individual party and benefit one or more specific charities; scholarship funds are also established by an individual party and tailored to that party’s personal wishes.

The breakdown for 2012 by category is as follows: Discretionary/Field of Interest $607,657; Donor Advised $72,464; Designated $238,060; Scholarships $147,130.

The discretionary/field of interest category includes grants made by the Foundation to advance early childhood development initiatives throughout the area through the Foundation’s First Years First Fund. First Year’s First, a signature Foundation initiative, helps prepare the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington for success in school and in life by enhancing their early childhood development experience.

The Foundation’s final round of grants in 2012 included support for the following programs and initiatives, broken down by area of focus:

First Years First Fund (Early Childhood Development)

  • $20,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington for Year Five support of Southington’s Family Resource Center.
  • $25,722 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for Year Five support of the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Initiative.
  • $15,000 to the Coalition to Enhance Family Literacy for a study of the effectiveness of using 21st century technology to improve and increase family literacy.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

  • Up to $70,000 to the Community Foundation’s Community Initiatives Committee for continued exploration of a possible Greater New Britain arts initiative and implementation of selected  arts-related projects in 2013.

Health and Human Services

  • $50,000 to Foodshare to provide direct support for food and supplies to 22 food pantries and shelters in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.
  • $6,627 to Connecticut Voices for Children to enable the organization to provide local data and research that is currently unavailable.
  • $7,500 to the Children’s Law Center to support the New Britain Truancy Intervention Project, a pro-bono, pre-court diversion program pairing attorney volunteers with truant middle school students.
  • $10,000 to the Congregational Church of Plainville to provide the last dollars needed for the church to rebuild and equip its kitchen following winter storm damage in 2011. The kitchen is used for the Food for Friends program, which provides hot meals to those in need from Plainville.
  • $10,000 for Hoops for the Homeless for one-time start-up costs associated with an annual fundraising event that will raise awareness of and generate funding for organizations that provide services to homeless children and families.
  • $13,500 to House of Heroes to provide no-cost home improvements that will help veterans from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington maintain a safe, secure and accessible home.

For a complete listing of 2012 grants and scholarships, please click here.

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 www.cfgnb.org.



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