American Savings Foundation awards $300,000 in grants

Published on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:38
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The American Savings Foundation board of directors has announced its first round of grant awards for the year.

13 programs in the greater New Britain area received over $300,000 in grant money combined. Two of the organizations that received funding have recently been honored by the National Summer Learning Association - a group focused on increasing summer learning opportunities for youth.

The Summer Enrichment Experience - 2016 NSLA Excellence Award Winner - was awarded $50,000 by the ASF. The “SEE” program, run by the school district and community partners like New Britain Roots and Shakesperience Productions, is a summer program that combines morning classroom experiences with fun afternoon activities.

According to a press release from ASF, the foundation has supported this program since 2014.

ASF also awarded funding to the 2013 NSLA Excellence Award Winner - the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program. ASF awarded $20,000 to help fund CPEP’s Ventures program, a seven-week summer program that offers students a chance to use science, technology, engineering and math skills in a real world environment.

The 11 other grant winners recently announced include:

n $6,000 was awarded to Berlin High School for the Berlin UpBeat Program, which offers a series of leadership development workshops for students who train as peer mentors.    

n $10,000 was awarded to Jumpstart for Young Children Inc., which provides a literacy based curriculum for use in pre-k classrooms. CCSU education students teach the Jumpstart curriculum in the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s Head Start classrooms and at the YWCA early childhood program in the city.

n $20,000 was awarded to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for the Mothers Offering Mothers Support program, a peer-facilitated support group designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teen mothers.

n $15,000 was awarded to the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for the Family Literacy Program for ESL and GED classes for parents and programming for their children which encourages reading together at home.

n $20,000 was awarded to Love146 to provide direct services to youths who have been victims of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.

n $55,000 was awarded to the New Britain Museum of American Art for the Free Saturday Program to provide children’s arts programming and free admission on Saturday mornings.

n $75,000 was awarded for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program in New Britain. This program is a partnership between Pathways/Senderos, OIC of New Britain, and the YWCA of New Britain to provide career readiness programs during the summer for young teens, to give them the opportunity to explore careers and build job readiness skills.

n $17,000 was awarded for the Plainville ARC summer program Camp Trumbull, which provides summer programming and respite care for children with developmental disabilities.    

n $15,000 was awarded to the Plainville Community Food Pantry for the Backpack Program, a program which provides school supplies to children in economic need throughout the school year.

n $3,500 was awarded to Vision New Britain, Inc. for the TRIAD Senior Prom, an intergenerational event which brings together area teens and senior citizens from the New Britain community.

n $40,000 was awarded to the YWCA of New Britain to support the SEE middle school program, which takes place at program sites run by both YWCA and OIC. The program is designed to help students who have completed elementary school develop skills that will prepare them for success as they transition into middle school.

ASF President and CEO Maria Falvo said the organization will make its next round of grant announcements in June.

June’s grant recipients will be heavily focused on afterschool programs in the area. The ASF will do a third round of grant announcements sometime in September.

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According to the organization’s website, the American Savings Foundation is a charitable endowment founded in 1995 by the board of directors of American Savings Bank here in New Britain.

The ASF provides grants to local nonprofit organizations and college scholarships to area students. ASF serves 64 municipalities in the state but has a focus on New Britain and Waterbury. Since its inception, the ASF has contributed over $50 million in total grants and scholarships in the greater New Britain area. According to the organization’s website, ASF has provided $10.3 million in scholarships to 2,112 area students since 1995.

More information about the ASF, as well as information related to submitting grant proposals, can be found at .

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:38. Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:41.