This fund was established by the Merriman family in 2000 as a field of interest fund to promote environmental and ecological preservation, conservation, education, research and advocacy.

The Foundation’s community leadership efforts, also known as “Money in Motion”, address a broad range of community goals. We identify opportunities within the community to support meaningful dialogue on issues affecting the towns we serve. We convene community members, assess changing needs, and propose action on critical concerns. In this way, the Foundation is able to develop collaborative solutions to meet emerging needs and provide support to what matters most to the people who live and work in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

Established in 2007 from the estate of Jeanne Muncy and donations from family members and friends, this fund supports program expansion and other needs of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc. (ELCCT).

This fund was established by the family of Myra Boccardi Desroches to honor her passion for children and literacy. The focus of the Myra Boccardi Desroches Advancing Young Minds Fund is formed to support Myra’s career-long passion for kids, literacy and helping our youth reach their full potential. The Fund aims to do this by awarding grants to organizations to provide literacy and other services, and the resources needed in the mission of advancing young minds holistically.

This donor advised fund was established in 2017 by an anonymous donor to honor the memory of Wolcott resident Jane Woodard. Grants will be made to charitable organizations for general charitable purposes primarily in the Foundation’s service area at the recommendation of the donor.

Established in 2010 by the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association (NESMA), this permanent fund will provide two scholarships annually: Award 1 is available to a graduating senior attending high school in a New England state pursuing a degree in engineering or an accredited manufacturing/mechanical skilled trades program; Award 2 is available to a graduating senior, currently enrolled student or student returning to school who is a child or grandchild of an employee or owner of a NESMA-member company in good standing.

Established in 2011 by Nicholas and Shari-Lyn Maglio in memory of Nicholas P. Maglio, a devoted father and Bristol Public School teacher. The ACE Fund – “A Chance for Education” – will provide financial assistance to graduating seniors attending Bristol Eastern High School in pursuit of a post-secondary education at a two or four year college or university.

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, through the power of music, energizes, inspires and educates communities throughout Connecticut. Serving Bristol and the surrounding towns, the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra providing classical music concerts and musical services, while collaborating with local schools to strengthen music programs through performance.

This fund was established in 2016 by the family and friends of Lucinda Fusco to honor the memory of her daughter, Olivia Helene Fusco, a Southington resident, who sadly passed away in 2015 at the young age of 14. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating Southington High School senior who plans to pursue a major in visual or performing arts or art education.

This fund was established by the family of Paige Wartonick Laferriere in his memory after his untimely death in 2001. This fund will support programs and organizations with preference to programs and organizations involved with health care, education and social action.

Bristol residents Pat and Bob Wollenberg have always supported charitable causes in their local community and throughout Connecticut. Through this advised fund, they will continue fulfilling their charitable goals by supporting a variety of charitable organizations at their recommendation.

Bristol residents Pat and Bob Wollenberg established this fund in 2018 in support of Bristol Adult Resource Center, Inc. (BARC) of Bristol, CT. Grants will aid the organization's capital projects and capital repairs.

Established in 2018 by Bristol residents Pat and Bob Wollenberg, this fund will provide support to Opportunity House, Inc. of Hamden, CT. Opportunity House provides residential and day service programs for adults within the autism spectrum.

This fund was established in 2018 by Pat and Bob Wollenberg to support the emerging and changing needs of the communities served by the Foundation. When possible, grants will be made in the fields of music, theater and the arts (visual and/or performing).

This scholarship fund will assist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Special Education. Longtime Bristol residents Pat and Bob Wollenberg established this fund in 2018 and scholarships will be awarded annually to graduates of Bristol Central High School, Bristol Eastern High School or St. Paul Catholic High School. Undergraduate applicants must have completed one full year of college and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a declared major of Special Education.

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.

Paul and Joanne D'Aprile are life-long residents of Bristol, Connecticut and are known for their giving hearts. Giving to local organizations is very important and includes hometown favorites St. Matthew Church where they have been life-long members; St. Matthew School, attended by all of their children; and the American Clock and Watch Museum, to which Paul has donated innumerable volunteer hours. They also support education through the Michael Paul D’Aprile Scholarship Fund at St. Matthew School. In addition to local nonprofits, they give to national charities such as Save the Children.

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.