Community Foundation offering grants, scholarships; reopening library, resource center

Published on Monday, 14 June 2021 14:56
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – Local nonprofits have more opportunities to apply for funding with the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain through its Capacity Building Initiative.

The initiative, which started in 2018, provides agencies with resources aimed at strengthening organizational functioning. The foundation has been servicing the communities of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington since 1941.

Applications are now being accepted for the final round of the 2021 covid-19 mini-grants of up to $2,000. The grant is aimed to help organizations that provide a significant amount of services in the four-town area to make modifications, purchases, changes, or improvements that support operations or program delivery because of the pandemic, according to the initiative.

Examples of considered requests are technology costs, technical support to re-design programs for online access, marketing, communications, or fundraising support, financial planning, modifications to physical spaces and more. Grant decisions will be made by mid-August for applications received by July 15. For the application, visit:

The foundation also still has funding available for scholarships of up to $250 for nonprofits based in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville or Southington who plan to participate in grant writing training. The training was a need that was identified by executive directors through a survey and participants can choose the training that best meets their needs. That may include, but are not limited to, the Grantsmanship Center, Candid Proposal Writing Boot Camp or National Funding Foundation.

These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis and an application is required. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply.

For access to information on nonprofits through the Foundation Directory Online, the foundation will also be reopening its Nonprofit Library and Resource Center by appointment starting June 14 to visitors who are fully vaccinated. The resource center contains printed materials and online access on more than 225,000 plus grant makers as well as access to Board Source online, which provides materials to inspire and support nonprofit governance and leadership.

To be considered for a mini grant, apply for a grant writing scholarship, or to make an appointment to visit the NBLRC, contact Joeline Wruck at 860-229-6018 ex. 307 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Southington Herald on Monday, 14 June 2021 14:56. Updated: Monday, 14 June 2021 14:58.