Barnes Memorial Trust Awards Over $326,000 to Benefit Six Programs Serving Southington Residents

Requests for funding also being accepted starting January 2, 2020
A total of $326,715 was awarded recently from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to six programs working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. The organizations provide programs that enhance community wellness, promote healthy living and improve access to behavioral health services. These grants bring the total amount awarded for 2019 to $810,720.

The grants awarded in December 2019 are:

  • $115,000 to LiveWell Alliance to continue the Dementia Friendly Southington Initiative, whose goal is to decrease the stigma and isolation associated with dementia, increase meaningful community engagement and quality of life for people with the disease, and to teach communities to become more accommodating and knowledgeable about dementia.
  • $52,920 to LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives) to continue the 1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention & Recovery Program for teens, educators and parents to improve Southington’s capacity to prevent alcohol and drug use, raise awareness of risk factors, intervene effectively with current users, and offer stable recovery options.
  • $51,295 to the United Way of Southington to continue the Senior Transportation Program in collaboration with Senior Transportation Services of New Britain. This program enhances transportation services for Southington seniors through the provision of additional rides at no charge.
  • $42,500 to Prudence Crandall Center to continue the Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Services in Southington. Prudence Crandall Center provides a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter, counseling services and support groups, and education in schools and the Southington Community.
  • $40,000 to Wheeler Clinic, Inc. to continue to support the Southington Health Outreach Project. This project enhances access to mental health and substance use treatment programs by educating residents about the signs of these issues and the services available.
  • $25,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to continue to provide educational seminars that support Southington’s young children and their caregivers. Topics will include mental health education, healthy habits to prevent obesity and childhood safety.

“Main Street Community Foundation takes great care to carry out the legacy of Bradley Barnes to improve the health outcomes of Southington residents,” said Susan Sadecki, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.

All grant proposals are reviewed by the nine person volunteer Advisory Committee for the Barnes Memorial Trust. The Advisory Committee is comprised of Southington residents and other professionals who conduct site visits and make final funding recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Foundation Accepting Letters of Intent for Barnes Memorial Trust
Beginning January 2, Main Street Community Foundation will be accepting letters of intent from nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will enhance the health and wellbeing of Southington residents.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. Interested 501(c)(3) organizations are asked to contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants and Programs, at 860.583.6363 before submitting a letter of intent. Full guidelines, eligibility criteria and links to the online application will be available on the Foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.org.