CFGNB creates grants to help local nonprofits during coronavirus outbreak

Published on Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:31
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – While the community’s needs increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has taken action to help local nonprofit organizations as they continue to face uncertainties.

“Through the generosity of donors who continually support our funds and programs, committees who work directly with nonprofits, and an exceptional board of directors and staff, our Foundation is positioned well to lead philanthropic efforts in the communities we serve,” said Dave Obedzinski, CFGNB president.

The foundation, established in 1941, is a nonprofit philanthropic organization that serves Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

The foundation’s Community Initiatives Committee has allocated $50,000 from its resources to support emergency initiatives that will respond to the needs of residents as a result of the pandemic. According to the foundation, the committee will begin immediately accepting grant applications for up to $5,000 through a unique application at .

The unique grant is only one of two ways that local organizations can benefit from. The foundation’s Community Response Grants Committee will also be accepting requests specifically for operating support as a response to the unexpected financial effects of the pandemic. These funds can be used to fund overhead expenses such as rent, salaries, and other day-to-day costs of running an organization. These grants will have a separate application that can be found on the same website.

“This public health crisis is unlike anything we have witnessed before and it requires that we adjust our procedures, reallocate resources, and work to provide assistance as quickly as possible to nonprofit organizations - the essential fabric of our social support network,” Obedzinski said. “When we make these adjustments effectively, we can help them weather the storm and continue to serve the most vulnerable in our Greater New Britain area.”

The foundation has also made a grant of $5,000 to the United Way of Northeastern and Central Connecticut’s Neighbors in Need Emergency Assistance Fund, which will help members of the community during and after the government shutdown by providing healthy food, rental, and utility assistance.

“Several days ago, our Foundation joined hundreds of other foundations nationwide in making a pledge through the Council on Foundations in order to provide grantee partners with the flexibility and grace to respond appropriately in this moment,” Obedzinski said. “This means that after consultation with our nonprofit grant recipients, we may loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants, convert project-based grants to unrestricted support, and make new grants as unrestricted as possible; enabling access to operational support so our nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis and survive.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington Herald on Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:31. Updated: Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:33.