Foundation offering funding to community groups

Organizers of community events in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington slated to take place between May 1 and Aug. 31 are encouraged to apply today for funding through the Community Sponsorship Awards program offered by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

Applications are due Friday, April 1.

The initiative, begun in 2014 as a pilot program, is celebrating three years of providing critical financial support through sponsorship of local events that celebrate and promote children and families, arts, culture and heritage, education and civic engagement. To date, more than $20,000 in sponsorship awards have been made to events such as the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Juneteenth End of Slavery Celebration, the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut’s Dozynki Harvest Festival, Good Cause Gifts’ (Futures, Inc.) Fashion Extravaganza, the Plainville Family Resource Center’s Family Fest, and the Southington Education Foundation’s “Fan of the Foundation” education celebration.

The Community Foundation has changed its schedule for Community Sponsorship Awards. Awards will now be made three times per year – up from two – with applications due April 1 (for events May-August); Aug. 1 (for events September to December); and Dec.r 1 (for events January-April, 2017).

“We’ve received wonderful feedback from event organizers who are so thankful for the additional financial support this program provides for their very important community events,” said CFGNB Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Trojanowski, in a press release. “The program also provides great visibility for the foundation, particularly in this, our 75th anniversary year.”

A limited number of Community Sponsorship Awards are available to 501(c)(3) organizations conducting community special events in the Foundation’s four-town service area. Requests should not exceed $750; however, the Community Foundation may elect to consider awards larger than $750 at its discretion. Awards are limited to one award per organization or event per year. Awards will not be made to support golf tournaments or annual meetings.

An application form is available on the Community Foundation website at (click on Community Sponsorship Awards under the Receiving tab). For more information, contact Kimberly Duncan at, or call (860) 229-6018, ext. 300.


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