FUNDS

Established by Pat and Morrie Laviero in 2015 to support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.

Established by Pattie and Bill Dunn in 2011 to support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by the Main Street Community Foundation.

This fund was established in 2022 by Bristol residents Paul and Joanne D’Aprile who have always given back to nonprofit organizations in the greater Bristol community. Grants from this advised fund will continue that support in a lasting way.

Established in 2000 by the family of Peg Coughlin to honor her lifelong commitment to nursing, this fund supports area citizens who are interested in pursuing nursing studies.

This fund was established in 2003 by Marjorie Bossi to fulfill her late husband’s wish to provide scholarships to help young people. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from Bristol Central High School who wish to pursue further education, with preference to those who are interested in music.

This fund was established in 2000 to promote home ownership for low and moderate income people within the town of Plainville.

This fund was established in 2006 by a group of committed community leaders in Plainville to provide funding for charitable projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for Plainville citizens.

This fund was established in 2019 to assist low income residents from Plainville, Connecticut in need of assistance to secure affordable housing.

Established in 2006 by the members of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth School-to-Career Business Partnership, grants from this fund provide support for creative and innovative instructional practices not funded by the Plymouth Board of Education’s annual budget. Grants are awarded annually to teachers, principals, guidance counselors and other school personnel who seek to enhance student learning in the Plymouth Public Schools.

This fund was transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School in 2003 to assist a graduating high school senior who is in good academic standing and is involved in community and school activities.

The Plymouth Library Association Inc. Fund was established by the Friends of the Plymouth Library in 1999 to provide ongoing support of the library and its programs.

This fund was established in December 2020 by longtime Plymouth residents Michael and Jeanine Audette and their daughters to honor the legacy of giving passed on by their families. This fund will support a variety of charitable organizations focused on education, basic needs, and social/gender issues.

Established by Donald and Betty Radcliff in 2002 to share their belief in the value of education by assisting high school graduates from the towns of Bristol and/or Plainville who are looking to further their education but are in need of financial assistance to do so.

Established in late 2006 with a charitable roll-over gift from retired Bristol businessman Donald Radcliff. The fund will assist male students from the senior class at Plainville High School who need financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education. Mr. Radcliff is most interested in helping the student who has a dream but may need help to achieve it.

This fund was established in early 2021 by family and friends, to honor the life of Rafi Hamzy, who passed away at the young age of 24 in 2020. Rafi loved the game of football both as a player and a coach. To honor his legacy, the fund’s advisors will recommend grants to charitable organizations that promote youth sports and education.

This scholarship fund honors the memory of Ralph Papazian who passed away unexpectedly in 1995.  Ralph was the former supervisor of athletics for the Bristol School System, a coach and physical education teacher. This fund, established in 2013, awards an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School, on a rotating basis.

Ray Lassy, a longtime resident of Plymouth, established this scholarship fund in 2017 to assist students who have the same passion he did. Working for over 50 years in a field he loved, Ray started a small tool and die business in the basement of his parents’ house while working at a machining manufacturer. He eventually opened his own shop in Terryville before expanding the business to Ray Machine Corporation, also located in Terryville. Ray held several patents for parts he designed and tooled and was passionate about the work he did.

This fund was established in 2021 by the Greater Bristol Branch of the NAACP as part of the chapter’s goal of achieving equality through educational opportunities. The scholarship is named in memory of two trailblazers: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Reverend Dr. Eddie C. Whitehead, a Bristol resident who was a community leader and one of the many community members and pastors who spearheaded the establishment of the Bristol NAACP back in 1985.

Transferred to the Community Foundation in 2002 by Bill and Pege DellaVecchia, the fund was first established in 1989 in memory of their son, Richard, who was killed in an automobile accident that year at the young age of 21. The fund awards scholarships to residents of Southington who are currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college with a major in nursing. Applicants must have a passion for the nursing field and must demonstrate leadership skills along with good character and citizenship.

Established in 2014, this fund honors the memory of Richard “Rit” Croce. A lifelong Bristol resident, Rit was well known for his teaching, contracting and mentoring. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an adult returning to school or a graduating senior to pursue post secondary education. Preference will be given primarily to adult learners pursuing a skilled trade or major in education.

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