Programs serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington receive grant money

Published on Friday, 26 June 2020 12:18
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – A second round of grants from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has been approved to support a wide variety of programs serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

The foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved $63,500 in Community Response grant awards to local nonprofits. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $260,000 in grant funds to help meet community needs in the foundation’s four-town service area.

For this second round of grant awards, eight programs and organizations received funding support. For the arts and education area, the funding includes the Shakesperience Productions for curricular enhancement for students in the Consolidated School District of New Britain; the Berlin Upbeat Program to fund two development-training programs in 2020; Girl Scouts of Connecticut for leadership experience for youth in the foundation’s catchment area; the Literacy Volunteers of Central CT for strategic planning; and the ParaDYM Academy to help fund the New Britain Cares website project.

For organizations focused on health and human services, funding went to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for its breast cancer early detection program; the Kensington Garden Club for their volunteer park project; and the Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm to support its winterization project.

In addition to the grants, the foundation has also made over $207,000 in emergency grants to support local organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation will also have an additional round of grants this year due to the outbreak. Letters of Intent are due Aug. 31. If the organization is invited to submit a full application, the deadline for full application is Sept. 30 and final decisions will be made on Dec. 9.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington Herald on Friday, 26 June 2020 12:18. Updated: Friday, 26 June 2020 12:20.