Annually, the Foundation asks the community to invest in its work that has a lasting impact on the lives of many local people – your friends - your neighbors – your family. Your support of our annual Friends Campaign will have a tremendous impact on our continued growth and success. As a Friend of Main Street, you can be proud that your donation will strengthen the Foundation's role as a community leader, grantmaker, convener and advocate.

Main Street Community Foundation is the comprehensive center for philanthropy in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott that works to improve the quality of life for those residents. The Foundation’s impact is made possible through your generous support and with your help, we can continue to do amazing things and make a difference in the lives of all the people living in your communities.

Four siblings within the Burns family of Bristol established this fund in 2000 to thank St. Joseph School for their strong education. This fund assists student-athletes from St. Joseph School who wish to attend St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.

This scholarship fund was established in 2007 by the Nocera family to honor the memory of Andrew James “AJ” and David “Junior” Nocera, brothers who both passed away unexpectedly in 2007. Their legacy will continue by supporting others to achieve their academic goals and effect change on the next generation. This scholarship is offered to students in the Foundation’s service area and Farmington who are graduating high school or currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

This fund was established in 2013 from a bequest by Al and Joan Monico, both longtime Bristol residents. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a Bristol resident pursuing post-secondary education.

Established in the mid-1980’s through a bequest from the estate of retired Bristol teacher Alice Pulsifer, this fund was transferred to the Community Foundation in 1997. A scholarship is provided annually to assist graduating seniors or graduates of the three Bristol high schools interested in English or related studies.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of Alicia Mary Butler, who passed away in June 2021. Alicia was born and raised in Bristol, a graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School, and was a lifelong educator. She lived a life full of love, compassion, meaning and purpose. In her career as a teacher and school psychologist in the Cromwell Public Schools and at The Foundation School in Orange, she was a dedicated, devoted champion of special needs children. In addition to her love of family, friends and her students, she had a soft spot for abandoned/neglected animals.

This fund was established in 1999 to provide ongoing support for programs at the American Clock & Watch Museum.

This fund was established by the family and friends of Murielle Giacomini following her passing in 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. The fund was renamed in 2009 in memory of Murielle’s husband. The scholarship will support women graduates of Bristol Central High in need of help to further their education. Special consideration will be given to female athletes who have played softball during their years at Bristol Central.

This fund was established in late 2006 with gifts from Bristol natives Angie and Al Caruso to support a variety of charitable causes in the city of Bristol, both now and in the future.

Established in 2015, this scholarship fund honors the memory of Anthony Norton who passed away in June 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Anthony’s 15-year career as a teacher and coach led him to his most recent position as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher at the Eli Terry Jr. Middle School in Terryville. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a Terryville High School graduating senior pursuing post secondary education at a two-year or four-year college with a major in education or science.

Established in 2000 as a bequest from retired Bristol teacher Azilda Hebert and a generous donation from retired teachers Louis and Louise DiMeo to assist two students per year, one from each public high school in Bristol, who wish to pursue post-secondary music education.

This fund was established in 2011 in honor of Barbara Hackman Franklin by her family on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Year of the Women & Girls Fund. Distributions from the fund will support those initiatives identified by the Women & Girls Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.

Established in 2007 in celebration of the Barnes Group Inc.’s 150th Anniversary, this fund will provide ongoing operational support for the Main Street Community Foundation.

This fund was established in 1996 by the Becker children in honor of their parents, Dr. Arnold and Ruth Becker, and the causes they have cared about throughout their lifetimes. These areas include health care, education, and social action.

Bristol residents Whit and Jarre Betts have long supported the Greater Bristol community through their own volunteer and philanthropic efforts. Establishing this donor advised fund will extend their support to a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.

Established by Bill and Janet Brownstein in 2015 to support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.

To celebrate Bob Messier’s retirement as president and CEO of Valley Bank, the bank board of directors, together with gifts from family and friends, established this fund in his honor in 2008. A long-time community volunteer and leader of the Bristol Business Education Foundation (BBEF), this fund will provide support to the BBEF for the purpose of providing mini-grants to teachers for special programs and enrichment activities. 

This permanent scholarship fund was established in 2008 by retired banking executive and long-time community volunteer Bryan P. Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman, an alum of Bristol Eastern High School established this fund to award a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior from Bristol Eastern High School accepted at the University of Connecticut with a preference given to students accepted at the School of Business.

The Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust was established in 1973 at the Southington Bank & Trust Company upon the death of Mr. Barnes; it was transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2004. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents.