Plainville High School's math department gets grant from Petit Family Foundation

Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:24


PLAINVILLE – The Petit Family Foundation has provided a grant to Plainville High School’s math department.

Last Thursday, State Rep. William Petit Jr. said that the Foundation provided a check for $500, which will help the math department to purchase iPads and Apple Pencils for use with in-person and remote instruction.

“They had sent out a request asking for help and we were glad to do so,” said Petit. “Although we took a hit from the loss of our road race and golf tournament this year, our board has voted to still give out all the funding we budgeted for in December. We know that people are hurting more than ever this year, so even though we didn’t bring in much money this year we’ve decided to tap into our reserves.”

Petit said that there was a “huge” demand for grants this year. They opened up requests for their fall grant cycle Monday and had received 25 applications by 9 a.m., with many coming in a couple seconds after midnight.

“We took requests until we got up to 200% of the $300,000 that is available, then we had to close them off,” said Petit. “Our committee will go through them and choose from among them the best proposals which will help the most people.”

Petit said that grants align with the Petit Family Foundation’s mission to support the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, assist those affected by violence and to educate people about chronic disease.

“I suspect we'll see a lot of grant requests on the domestic violence and sexual abuse side,” said Petit. “The Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain spent more than $70,000 this summer house victims of abuse. There were so many that they had no room for them all and they had to rent out hotel rooms. They’ve reached out to us and we’ll do another grant to assist them this summer. You’ll hear a lot from us in about a month or so as we go through the 30 to 40 applications we have.”

Petit said that some requests were pushed back from spring due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus. However, they did provide $1,000 for the New Britain Polish Business Association’s “Mask Force” which created face-masks at a time when they were in short supply.

“We provided grants for about a half-dozen organizations related to masks or food,” said Petit.

Another recent grant by the Petit Family Foundation is to Jackson Laboratories.

“We help to fund a program for a college intern and an outreach program for high school students,” said Petit. “We also help them to connect with high school teachers to get them up to speed with the latest information in genetics to teach students.”

For more information on the Petit Family Foundation, call 860-479-1436 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:24. Updated: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:30.