BERLIN - The American Savings Foundation held an informational session its new Community Grants program for nonprofits Tuesday at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
The program was launched this year to respond to a range of local needs throughout the 64 towns served by the American Savings Foundation.
The foundation considers Community Grants requests for organizations with 501(c)(3) status that support education, human services or arts and culture.
“We’re hoping to see interesting and unique ideas that we can help,” Associate Program Officer Cierra Stancil said.
Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, represented by Executive Director Scott Heth, was one of around 25 organizations in attendance.
Scott’s organization runs Barnes Nature Center, Indian Rock and several other nature sanctuaries in the area, and he says his work relies heavily on grants like these.
“We rely a lot on giving to fund our education programs,” Heth said.
Requests for Community Grants may range from $250 to $5,000 and can be submitted using the foundation’s online application form, which is available at www.asfdn.org .
Applications for certain one-time purchases are also being accepted.
The first grants in this program were given in February, and 24 of 71 applicants received funding, totaling $81,000.
“It ended up being a competitive process,” Stancil said.
The next deadline for Community Grants is Oct. 25. Nonprofit agencies may apply online.
Community Grants are offered twice a year and do not overlap with other grants.
Being awarded a grant on year does not guarantee that your organization will receive one the following year, and if your organization receives a grant three years in a row, a hiatus year is enforced.
The American Savings Foundation was established by the American Savings Bank in 1995 to give back to the communities it had served for over 140 years.
The American Savings Bank was a staple of New Britain until it merged with TD Bank in 2003.
At that point, the American Savings Foundation became a fully independent private foundation.
The president and CEO of the foundation, Maria Falvo, recognizes the impact that the bank had on the community, and wants to continue its lasting legacy.
“The bank served multiple generations, so we want to continue serving multiple generations as the foundation,” Falvo said.
Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has contributed over $58 million in total grants and scholarships around Central Connecticut.
Even before the newly launched Community Grant, the foundation has been offering funding through its Program Grant and After School Grant programs.
In addition to grants, the foundation awards scholarships through its Robert T. Kenney Scholarship program.
To apply for any of these grants or scholarships, or for more information, call 860-827-2556 or visit www.asfdn.org .