First Years First Early Childhood Development Initiative Highlights Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Second Round of 2014 Grants
New Britain, Conn. (October 17, 2014) – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded more than $177,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and programs serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington, including more than $30,000 in grants to boost early childhood development as part of the Foundation’s signature First Years First initiative.
The funding marks the Foundation’s second round of community grants for the 2014 calendar year. With second-round awards of $177,121, the Foundation has made $477,680 in year-to-date grants throughout its four-town service area. A third and final round of grants will be awarded at year’s end.
The second round of 2014 grants includes First Years First grants of $19,200 to the Tunxis Community College Early Childhood Professional Educators’ Consortium to continue providing high-quality professional development workshops for area early childhood educators; and $11,850 to the Coalition to Enhance Family Literacy for the Foundation’s second-year of support of a program that helps increase family literacy through the use of leading-edge technology including e-readers. The Coalition includes Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, the New Britain, Plainville and Southington Family Resource Centers, Plainville Adult and Continuing Education and the public libraries of New Britain, Plainville and Southington.
The largest single grant of the second round was a $50,000 award from the A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to Southington Community Cultural Arts toward the group’s major fundraising campaign to convert the Gura Building in Downtown Southington into a community arts center.
Additional second-round grants approved by the board of directors included:
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Southington Public Schools, $15,071. From the Talcott Stanley and Georgia Knapp Thomson Funds to support a partnership between the Southington Public Schools and the New Britain Museum Art that will enrich instruction in and exposure to the arts for all Southington 3rd graders.
Health and Human Services
Children’s Law Center, $15,000. From the Louis G. and Ada C. Amodio Fund for Children, Marshall A. Pease Memorial and the Johnstone Vance Memorial Funds to support expansion of the legal representation program at the New Britain court.
Living in Safe Alternatives, $11,000. From the Anna T. Deutsch and Anna Thornton Funds to Living in Safe Alternatives to renovate and update the living space at the Plainville Group Home.
Building Hope Together (formerly the Mayor’s Plan to End Homelessness), $15,000. From the Helen M. Lynch and the Marjorie Wright Tomlinson Funds to support implementation of this initiative which aims to help end chronic homelessness in New Britain.
Town of Berlin, Community Recreation and Parks Department, $20,000. From the A.W. Stanley Charitable, A.W. Stanley Discretionary and the Spencer P. Torell Funds to replace four pieces of exercise equipment in Berlin Community Center’s fitness/exercise room.
Urban Oaks Organic Farm, $20,000 matching grant. From the A.W. Stanley Discretionary Fund to help match a state grant award that will be used to restore six greenhouses and improve greenhouse efficiency at the New Britain operation.
Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org.
Jm Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514, email@example.com