Area nonprofits that focus on arts, education, human services can apply for community grants

Published on Friday, 3 September 2021 11:29
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEW BRITAIN – Nonprofits that strengthen the community through the arts, education and human services have a friend in the American Savings Foundation.

The ASFDN is accepting applications for its Community Grant Program until Oct. 14, with awards expected to be made this December.

President and CEO Maria Falvo expects to see an increase both in grant applications and funding requests for newer programs in response to the evolving needs of the communities the foundation serves.

“Last year we did see an increased need for basic needs such as food and fuel assistance,” she said. “I think this year and into 2022, we will see more requests for programs that will help individuals and families move forward, such as career training, mental health and wellness programs, and after school and academic support. We’re also seeing arts and culture programming begin to recover.”

Community Grants are awarded twice yearly and range from $250-$5,000. Eligible grant recipients are programs and organizations that strengthen their communities through education, human services and the arts, especially those serving children, youth and families.

Applications may be submitted online at

In April nine program grants totaling $304,000 were awarded to area organizations, including the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, New Britain’s Summer Youth Employment Program and Love146.

After the current application deadline closes, it will reopen in November for the next round of Community Grants in 2022.

However, this is just one of several different grant programs facilitated by the ASFDN.

“We have a few different grant-making cycles throughout the year, with various deadlines,” Falvo said. “Our Program Grant application deadlines are mid-January and mid-July. After School Grant applications are due April 29, which is designed to give organizations time to plan ahead for the following school year. We are also currently accepting letters of intent for Capital Grants, with an emphasis on one-time needs, such as equipment that is essential to support core programming. These are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline.”

Organizations and programs are only eligible for grants once per year.

A private foundation, American Savings is now celebrating its 25th anniversary since incorporation. Over the last quarter-century, $64 million has been donated to programs, scholars and organizations through the ASFDN.

“To celebrate our anniversary, throughout the year we are sharing stories of some of the people and organizations who have inspired us over the past quarter century,” Falvo said.

Known as “Stories of Impact” these are being shared via the organization’s social media pages and inside a 25th anniversary brochure.

Among the local groups highlighted are New Britain ROOTS and the Prudence Crandall Center.

The foundation’s Robert T. Kenney Scholarship program traditionally hosts a large reception to honor its 381 new and renewing scholars. This year and last year that event was cancelled due to covid. The Scholars were instead recognized individually, with a welcome package sent to their home.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 3 September 2021 11:29. Updated: Friday, 3 September 2021 11:32.