NEW BRITAIN - To close out 2017 and welcome 2018, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain last week awarded almost $200,000 in grants.
The $198,233 in Community Initiative Grants, a new category for the CFGNB, will go to programs and initiatives in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.
“Our foundation embraced being a community leader and partner as part of its mission several years back, and since that time our Community Initiatives Committee has been responsible for not only identifying issues and opportunities where foundation leadership could make a difference, but also for making grant awards to support these causes,” said CFGNB Community Initiatives Chairwoman Rebecca Karabin-Ahern, co-president of the New Britain-based Acme Monaco Corp. “It was time for us to group our grants in such a way that the community, and our supporters, could better and more easily grasp the depth and breadth of the impact we are making as a community leader and partner.”
Here are the CFGNB Community Initiative Grants that concluded the 2017 grant-making year:
n A $75,000 grant from the First Years First Fund for backbone support for the work of the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, plus an additional $20,000 to support Parents and Voices Empowering New Britain, a parenting group dedicated to empowering parents for the benefit of their children.
n A $10,000 grant from the First Years First Fund to the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance to support a project in the four towns served by the CFGNB. The project will have two components - the provision of early childhood policy monitoring and mobilization and infant/toddler data and stakeholder development.
n A $40,000 grant from the First Years First Fund to support Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut’s program combining ESL or GED classes with literacy playgroup for the children of adult education students under 5.
n A $20,733 grant from the First Years First Fund to the Plainville Family Resource Network for staffing to enable the organization to maintain its level and quality of programming in the face of state budget cuts and to provide the Conscious Discipline series to Plainville parents and educators.
n A $5,000 grant to the YWCA of New Britain to bring Columbia University psychiatrist and researcher Mindy Thompson Fullilove to New Britain for a day of learning and leadership training designed to increase city leader and resident understanding of how trauma is affecting New Britain, to offer solutions to move forward as a more “trauma-informed” city.
n A $10,000 Catalyst grant to Plainville Community Schools to hire a part-time job coach for the newly developed Plainville Alternative Learning Center at Plainville High School to help students who are behind in credit achievement and/or who may not have a clear direction for their post-secondary life to receive job training, preparation and employment.
n A funding commitment of $30,000 to support a new Capacity Building Initiative that will provide local non-profit organizations in-depth and hands-on training that will increase and strengthen their ability to achieve their missions.
n A funding commitment of $7,500 to support events and activities in 2018 focused on Informing and Inspiring Younger People about Philanthropy and the Community Foundation.