COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world as we know it. Schools shut down. Businesses shuttered. Events cancelled.

Yet people still have basic needs that need to be met - food, water, clothing, shelter. Unfortunately, people are finding that many of these basic needs are more difficult to fulfill due to job losses and the severe economic downturn.

And where do people turn in their time of need? Nonprofits. Our local nonprofit community is seeing a drastic increase in need, while at the same time experiencing a drastic decrease in donations and funding.

This is where Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) stepped in. We established the COVID-19 Response Fund in March. This Fund as well as other funds at MSCF are being used to help our local communities mobilize the necessary resources to support the current emerging needs in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. If you can help, please go to www.mainstreetfoundation.org/covid19-fund to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund.

With the funds at MSCF, the Community Foundation is rapidly deploying flexible resources to help in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak. MSCF is working in partnership with town governments and other funders to ensure all funds have maximum reach and effectiveness.

Below is a list of all grants made by MSCF through October 16, 2020 in response to local needs:

Total Grants Awarded to Support COVID-19 Response and Recovery Efforts - $582,758

Rapid Response Grants totaling $11,500 have supported the following nonprofits meeting basic needs of local residents:

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol
Bread for Life
Brian’s Angels
Friends of Southington Community Services
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
LISA, Inc. (Living in Safe Alternatives)
Oak Hill
Plainville Seventh Day Adventist - God's Grocery Store Food Pantry
Prudence Crandall Center, Inc.
Tabernacle Christian Church - Giving Back Food Program
The Agape House
The Salvation Army
Thy Eagle's Nest
Town of Plainville Animal Control
Town of Plymouth Human Services
Town of Plymouth Parks and Recreation
Veteran's Strong Community Center

Wolcott Resource Center – Food Pantry
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church - Meals for Neighbors

Unrestricted Operating Support Grants made in Response to COVID-19 - $112,353

American Clock & Watch Museum - $5,500
COVID-19 Response Fund - $5,000
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund - $500

Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. - $2,500
COVID-19 Response Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $23,652
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $20,201
Clement Family Fund - $3,050
Hamzy Family Charitable Fund - $401

Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach - $4,500
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund - $3,000
COVID-19 Response Fund - $1,500

Bristol Preschool Childcare Center, Inc. - $6,300
COVID-19 Response Fund

Bristol Recovery Club - $4,000
COVID-19 Response Fund – $2,500
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund - $1,500

Community Counseling Centers of Central Connecticut, Inc. - $4,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc. - $10,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center - $3,500
COVID-19 Response Fund

Lock Museum of America, Inc. - $2,901
COVID-19 Response Fund - $2,500
Hamzy Family Charitable Fund - $401

New England Carousel Museum - $10,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Inc. - $2,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $5,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. - $3,500
COVID-19 Response Fund - $2,500
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund - $1,000

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol - $9,000
COVID-19 Response Fund - $5,000
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund - $4,000

Tabernacle Christian Church – Giving Back Food Pantry - $3,500
KAWFY Memorial Fund

United Way of West Central Connecticut - $7,500
COVID-19 Response Fund

Veterans Strong Community Center - $5,000
COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants made in Response to COVID-19 from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust - $403,853

Arc of Southington, Inc. - $50,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Bread for Life - $6,600
Seed money for Summer Lunch Program serving food insecure children and youth in Southington in response to COVID-19

Bread for Life - $15,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington - $12,500
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

LiveWell Alliance - $25,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. - $50,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Senior Transportation Services - $27,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - $5,000
Hartford HealthCare Face Shield Project with OKAY Industries for the protection of hospital workers and first responders in the Southington Community in response to COVID-19

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $25,052
Emergency Childcare Services for medical staff and first responders in response to COVID-19

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $14,328
Continued Support for Emergency Childcare Services for medical staff and first responders in response to COVID-19

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $100,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) - $50,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

United Way of Southington - $23,373
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

Other COVID-19 Related Responsive Grants - $52,958

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $1,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19
Men & Boys' Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $25,000
General support due to temporary closure as a result of COVID-19
Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund

Bristol Board of Education - $458
Purchase of drum mallets and sticks for individual use by students in response to COVID-19
Dan Cistulli Memorial Music Fund

Bristol Hospital Foundation - $5,000
Support COVID-19 response efforts and support of the new molecular testing equipment
COVID-19 Response Fund

For Goodness Sake - $6,500
General operating support due to temporary closure as a result of COVID-19
COVID-19 Response Fund

For Goodness Sake - $1,500
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

Friends of the Bristol CT Animal Shelter - $1,000
Support for the medical care of animals and assistance for pet owners in need in Bristol due to COVID-19
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Friends of Wolcott Dog Pound - $1,000
Support for the medical care of animals and assistance for pet owners in need in Wolcott due to COVID-19
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Plainville Board of Education - $500
To purchase an IPad for the Plainville High School Math department to facilitate virtual learning in response to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $4,000
General support for staffing costs and the purchase of food and supplies
Plainville Community Fund

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $500
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. - $2,000
Unrestricted operating support for services provided to Plainville residents in response to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

Town of Burlington Social Services - $1,000
Purchase grocery gift cards for low-income clients of the Burlington Food Bank in response to COVID-19
James R. Parker Trust

Town of Plainville Animal Control - $500
Purchase supplies for the newly established Pet Food Pantry to assist pet owners in financial need due to COVID-19
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Town of Plainville Animal Control - $2,000
Support for the medical care of animals and the purchase of supplies for the Pet Food Pantry to assist pet owners in financial need due to COVID-19
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Town of Plainville Social Services- $1,000
Purchase gift cards to provide food and daily essential items to Plainville residents in need due to COVID-19
Plainville Community Fund

Immediate Response COVID-19 Related Grants totaling $2,094 have been awarded from the following funds:

Bristol Board of Education Immediate Response Fund
Main Street Children’s Fund
The Werner Family Fund
Women & Girls’ Immediate Response Fund