NEW BRITAIN – Several local organizations will receive more than $260,000 in grants that has been approved by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
Through a recent virtual board meeting, the foundation’s Board of Directors approved $177,900 in Community Response grant awards to local nonprofits serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. These grants are discretionary grants that are selected by the board to meet a variety of community needs.
For arts, culture and heritages, grants were awarded to the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra to support the public relations and marketing coordinator and grants and development coordinator; the New Britain Museum of American Art to support education and outreach; and the Queen Ann Nzinga Center for Cultural Education and Social Change to support the development of afterschool programming.
In the community and economic development area, Sustainable Connecticut was awarded a grant to support the Fellowship Program in Greater New Britain, while three education-focused organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, Connecticut Students for a Dream and the Consolidated School District of New Britain all received grants to support their various programs.
For health and human services, awards were given to Bread for Life, Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, Chrysalis Center and the Salvation Army.
According to the foundation, the board also approved three grants from the First Years First Initiative, totaling at $40,000, which strives to provide young children and their caregivers with the strong start in life they need to succeed. These grants were awarded to the Early Childhood Founders Collaborative, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut.
The Bread of Life Southington also received a $10,000 Capacity Building grant to help diversify the organization’s funding stream and provide transitional training and employment to clients, according to the foundation.
In addition to these grants, the foundation has also awarded over $5,000 in sponsorships to local nonprofits for community events that celebrate and promote children and families; arts, culture and heritage, education and civic engagement.
The second round of grant applications will be in the summer. Letters of Intent are due July 1 and the deadline for the full application is Aug. 1.