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Grants to improve Quality of Life in Connecticut


The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is pleased to announce its Community Investment Grant Program to improve the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

Donor Name: Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

State: Connecticut

City/Town: Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 08/01/2023

Size of the Grant: $5,000 – $25,000

Grant Duration: 1 year


The mission of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is to improve the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. One way this is accomplished is through partnerships and strategic grant making to organizations and programs that achieve clear gains for the residents of their region.

Types of Investments

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain makes two types of investments from unrestricted and field of interest funds:

  • Improving Lives and Conditions: They invest in programs and services that improve the quality of life and promote equity for the citizens of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.
  • Investing in Organizations: They invest in organizations to deliver valuable services to the community more effectively or that strengthen the ability of an organization to achieve its mission. This type of proposal might include, but is not limited to:
    • Staff development – training and professional development that helps staff to deliver services more effectively
    • Strategic, fundraising or other plans and direction-setting – They support both planning and implementation of plans
    • Technology and equipment – The purchase of equipment or technology upgrades will be considered, but only as a component of a comprehensive program to move to a needed level of organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Community Response Grants

The Foundation invests in organizations with Community Response grants across a broad range of fields including arts, culture & heritage, community and economic development, education, and health and human services. Collaborations and cooperation among local organizations for the betterment of the region are encouraged.

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage: They believe that when the Foundation supports arts, culture and heritage programs, to enhance the quality of life for all residents in those communities and invest in the long term economic vitality and well being of the Greater New Britain area
  • Community and Economic Development: They believe that supporting community and economic development as well as employment skill-building efforts adds to the strength and stability of neighborhoods and the citizens that live within them
  • Education: They believe that having a quality education fosters success in life. The Foundation is interested in making learning accessible to students of all ages and reducing the achievement gap
  • Health and Human Services: They believe that having access to services that help maintain or improve health or which help citizens to access basic human services are fundamental to the quality of life.

Funding Information

  • Typically, grants range between $5,000 and $25,000 per year
  • In general, Foundation grants are one year in duration; multi-year grants may be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

They make grants to non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or that are a qualified entity eligible to receive grants from community foundations under the IRS Code. They will consider funding a grassroots group, if it has a governing body and a fiscal agent with the appropriate tax status.

For more information, visit CFGNB.

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