GRANTS AWARDED

Total Grants Awarded to Support COVID-19 Response and Recovery Efforts - $1,163,267

Main Street Community Foundation has mobilized resources since the pandemic outbreak in March 2020 to address the urgent and emerging COVID-19 related needs in the communities we serve. We have made a total of 129 grants from multiple funds including our COVID-19 Response Fund. Click here to see a list of individual COVID-19 related grants.


From January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, Main Street Community Foundation has distributed $1,379,855 in grants and scholarships to support many worthy causes and organizations in your community.

Capacity Building Grants made in response to COVID-19 - $68,064

American Clock & Watch Museum - $6,000
Technology upgrades to support remote work and virtual programming
COVID-19 Response Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $7,500
Installation of Clean Air System at West Street Club Building for safety of staff and members
COVID-19 Response Fund

Bristol Preschool Childcare Center, Inc. - $7,000
Website update and marketing program to help increase enrollment and community brand recognition
COVID-19 Response Fund

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center - $7,500
Installation of Clean Air System in classrooms and learning areas for safety of staff and students
COVID-19 Response Fund

New England Carousel Museum - $7,500
Technology upgrades to support remote work and virtual programming
COVID-19 Response Fund

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Inc. - $4,250
Equipment to record and broadcast live virtual chamber concerts in place of in-person performances
COVID-19 Response Fund

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $5,000
Support for cleaning costs and PPE for safety of staff and volunteers
COVID-19 Response Fund

Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps - $350
Purchase of disinfectant equipment and supplies to sanitize the ambulance
COVID-19 Response Fund

Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. - $4,800
Improve technology and telecommunication systems to support remote work and virtual programming
COVID-19 Response Fund

Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) - $5,000
Tablet lending library to support virtual arts programming for students including those living in residential group homes
KAWFY Memorial Fund

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol - $5,000
Support to hire a Human Resources consultant to develop COVID-19 related policies and procedures
COVID-19 Response Fund

Terryville Plymouth Little League - $1,800
Purchase of PPE equipment and safety supplies for participants and spectators
COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of West Central Connecticut - $2,364
COVID-19 Outreach support as well as equipment and PPE for VITA tax assistance for program staff and volunteers
COVID-19 Response Fund

Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse - $4,000
Enhance virtual programming and provide PPE to staff, volunteers and participants at in-person community events
COVID-19 Response Fund

Money in Motion Grants - $16,500

United Way of West Central CT - $16,500
2021 Summer Youth Work Experience for Bristol Youth

General Cycle Grants - $161,830

American Clock & Watch Museum - $1,652
Installation of UV window filters for artifact protection
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Family Fund for the Community

American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter - $4,000
Disaster Relief Services for residents of the Foundation’s service area
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $2,010
James R. Parker Trust - $1,000
Jaspersohn Family Memorial Fund - $990

Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc. (ARF) - $1,680
Medical care for cats and kittens rescued from hoarding situations in Wolcott and Plainville
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $6,000
Careers for Cambridge job-readiness and career exploration program for teens
Douglas and Noreen Schumann Special Interest Fund - $4,260
Dumont Family Charitable Fund - $1,740

Bristol Adult Resource Center - $5,000
Outdoor seating for new patio to serve clients and customers of the Hidden Café
Jim & Eleanor Frawley Community Fund - $2,840
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $2,160

Bristol Eastern High School - Music Department - $1,950
Masterworks Concert in collaboration with Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Family Fund for the Community - $1,380
Margaret Haberman Memorial Fund for Music - $570

Bristol Family Resource Centers - $3,000
W.O.R.K.S. (Working Parents Options Resources and Key Supports) program to help parents build collaborative relationships with their children’s schools
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,810
Angela and Al Caruso Family Charitable Fund - $1,190

Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 733 - $3,000
Granite monument to commemorate lives lost on 9/11
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,420
Stephen and Katherine Saman Memorial Fund - $1,580

Bristol Garden Club - $2,000
Blue Star By-Way Marker on Memorial Boulevard honoring military service
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,560
Karen and Kim Murphy Family Charitable Fund - $440

Bristol Historical Society - $1,000
A Day in the Principal’s Office – A Pictorial display of Bristol Schools Past and Present
Stephen and Katherine Saman Memorial Fund

Bristol Preschool Child Care Center, Inc. - $1,500
STEAM Play Lab
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education - $1,110
Tedesco-Gallant Charitable Fund - $390

Bristol Recovery Club - $2,000
Purchase of floor buffer for use in community meeting space
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,600
Ronald F. & Emilie P. Duhaime Family Fund - $400

Chrysalis Center, Inc. - $4,000
Community Supportive Housing in the towns of Bristol, Plainville and Southington
Gnazzo/Reidy Charitable Fund - $2,730
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,270

Connecticut Humane Society - $2,500
Medical Support Program for pets brought to the Society from animal control officers in the Foundation’s service area
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Connecticut Storytelling Center, Inc. - $2,500
Start with Stories program to improve literacy of elementary school age students in the Bristol Public Schools
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education - $2,030
Formagioni-Lodovico Family Fund - $470

Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington - $4,000
Launch of “Sparkler” application in Southington for Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Referrals
KAWFY Memorial Fund

Family Resource Center of Southington - $5,000
Full STEAM Ahead school readiness program
KAWFY Memorial Fund

Friends of the Bristol Connecticut Animal Shelter, Inc. - $1,500
Medical care of animals in the shelter’s care
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund - $1,070
Terry and Marguerite Fletcher Family Fund - $430

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church - $2,100
Shelving and food supplies for the Food Pantry
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,100
COVID-19 Response Fund - $1,000

Grace Baptist Church - Grace Pantry - $3,000
Food supplies for the pantry
COVID-19 Response Fund

Healing Meals Foundation - $3,000
Healthy Meals program providing nutritious meals to those impacted by a serious health crisis in the Foundation’s service area
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center - $5,000
Learning: Reimagined program featuring virtual and in-person museum activities
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $4,330
Jay & Elizabeth Tyrrell Fund for the Arts - $670

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. - $3,500
JA Career Ready program at Bristol Central High School, Bristol Eastern High School, Lewis Mills High School and Southington High School
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education - $2,750
James R. Parker Trust - $750

Kelly's Kids, Inc. - $4,000
Interactive Therapeutic Farm program primarily for DCF involved youth from the Foundation’s service area
Douglas and Noreen Schumann Special Interest Fund - $3,630
JoAnn & David Mills Family Fund - $370

Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, Inc. - $3,689
Technology upgrades in classrooms and office
KAWFY Memorial Fund

Memorial Military Museum - $600
Military Uniform Preservation
Stephen and Katherine Saman Memorial Fund

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters - $4,000
Community Based Mentoring in the Foundation’s service area
James R. Parker Trust - $2,000
Douglas and Noreen Schumann Special Interest Fund - $2,000

Operation Fuel, Inc. - $6,000
Emergency energy assistance in the Foundation’s service area
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $5,000
James R. Parker Trust - $1,000

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $4,428
Food supplies and case management services
Edward W. and Audrey K. Mink Memorial Fund - $2,810
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,618

Plainville High School - $3,500
Construction of a sustainable, educational greenhouse at Plainville High School
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education - $2,580
Merriman Family Fund - $920

Plymouth Community Food Pantry - $4,000
Healthy Options Program Plus to provide non-perishable dairy and produce to program clients
COVID-19 Response Fund

Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. - $2,470
Partnership to Promote Healthy Relationships program in the Foundation’s service area
Paige Wartonick Laferriere Memorial Fund - $1,240
Douglas and Noreen Schumann Special Interest Fund - $980
Becker Family Fund - $250

Quota International of Bristol, CT - $3,500
New shoes for children enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol afterschool program at Cambridge Park
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $2,990
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $510

Rebuilding Together Litchfield County, Inc. - $2,500
Building materials for home repairs in Plymouth
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,840
Turkus Family Fund - $660

Southington Community Cultural Arts - $6,000
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mural Project in Southington – MLK39
KAWFY Memorial Fund - $5,280
Southington Arts Council Legacy Fund - $720

Southington Girls Softball League - $2,000
Field 3 renovation at Panthorn Park to fix poor drainage
KAWFY Memorial Fund

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol - $7,261
New computers and related technology for the Emergency Homeless Shelter
Smith Family Charitable Fund

Sustainable CT, Inc. - $2,700
Sustainable CT 2021 Fellows program to provide technical support to MSCF towns pursuing certification
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $1,700
James R. Parker Trust - $1,000

Tabernacle Christian Church - $3,000
Giving Back Food Pantry program to provide groceries and fresh foods to food-insecure residents of Southington and surrounding areas
KAWFY Memorial Fund

The Agape House - $5,000
Part-time Administrative Coordinator for homeless outreach center
Ciccarelli-Vitale Community Advancement Fund – 2,870
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $2,130

Terryville Public Library - $2,000
Library Maker Space: Sew So Fun Project
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund

The Children’s Law Center, Inc. - $3,800
Legal Representation of low-income children in family court residing in the Foundation’s service area
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $2,800
James R. Parker Trust - $1,000

The Children’s Museum, Inc. - $2,500
Science Achievement for All program for K-8th grade students in Bristol public schools
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $1,700
Fuller and Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education - $800

The Salvation Army - $4,000
Creative Arts and Music (CAM) Academy for Bristol youth
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $2,522
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Family Fund for the Community - $1,478

United Way of West Central Connecticut - $5,000
Research, development and implementation of an online volunteer platform
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $3,590
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $1,410

Veterans Strong Community Center - $5,000
Case Management Software
Bristol Brass General Grant Fund - $2,540
Bristol Savings Bank Fund - $2,460

Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church – Meals for Neighbors - $6,000
Fresh produce and a commercial freezer for the soup kitchen
COVID-19 Response Fund

Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust Grants - $382,955

Bread for Life - $67,080
Support to meet the increased demand for food as well as the purchase of to-go meal packaging and supplies in response to COVID-19

Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. - $50,000
Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Services in Southington

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

The Arc of Southington - $9,258
Technology upgrades to support remote work in response to COVID-19

The Hospital of Central Connecticut - $60,000
Capital equipment for Medical Oncology and Infusion Center at Bradley Memorial Campus

The LEAF (Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm) - $50,000
Support labor and purchase materials/supplies needed for programs in the schools and to ensure a healthy and sustainable food supply in Southington

United Way of Southington - $42,817
Continuation of Senior Transportation Services in Southington

Community Leadership Sponsorships - $3,800

Burlington Community Fund Grants - $1,500

Town of Burlington - Social Services - $1,500
Support for Burlington families in need including food, fuel and other assistance as needed

Plainville Community Fund Grants - $12,000

Chrysalis Center, Inc. - $1,000
Case management services for residents of St. Philip House supportive housing in Plainville

New Britain Museum of American Art - $1,200
Access to the Arts program for Plainville students

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. - $1,200
Community Based Mentoring program in Plainville

Plainville Community Food Pantry - $3,000
Staffing and purchase of food for Food Pantry

Plainville High School - $1,600
Graduation-related activities for the 2021 Senior Class

Plainville Wind Ensemble - $2,000
“Lord of the Rings” Concert Spring 2022

Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. - $1,000
Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Services for Plainville residents

Town of Plainville - $1,000
Chief Matthew Catania Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund

Women & Girls Fund Grants - $20,000

20th Anniversary Grants - $20,000

Environmental Learning Centers of CT - $2,000

Jane Doe No More - $5,000

Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut - $2,000

Plymouth Community Food Pantry - $2,000

Prudence Crandall Center - $3,000

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol - $2,000

The Children’s Law Center - $4,000

Grants to Support Community Initiatives - $13,840

Bristol Board of Education - $10,000
2021 Summer CNA program in partnership with Tunxis Community College
Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund

Main Street Community Foundation - $1,000
Community support grant for leadership initiatives/sponsorships in six-town service area
Bristol Savings Bank Fund

Main Street Community Foundation - $1,340
Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership activities
Wally Barnes Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives

Plainville Social Services - $500
Responsive grant to purchase grocery gift cards for Plainville residents in need in response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Response Fund

Town of Plymouth Human Services - $500
Responsive grant to purchase grocery gift cards for Plymouth residents in need in response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Response Fund

TyLives Make it Different Foundation - $500
Responsive grant to support capacity building efforts in response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Response Fund

Other Field of Interest Funds Grants - $15,570

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol – $1,500
Art lessons for summer camp participants
Sid Bernard & Ed Miller Children’s Fund for the Visual Arts

Bristol Youth Football & Cheer - $1,500
Repairs to field structures due to hurricane damage in 2020
Malerbo Childrens Field Maintenance Fund

City of Bristol/Parks and Recreation - $980
Financial assistance for youth participating in the ArtVenture program
Sid Bernard & Ed Miller Children’s Fund for the Visual Arts

Friends of Wolcott Dog Pound - $2,000
Medical care for animals rescued from condemned home in Wolcott
Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund

Region 10 Make A Mark, Inc. - $1,890
2021 grant program for educational enrichment opportunities in Region 10 schools
Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund

Summer Music Lessons for Bristol Students in Need – $1,200
Dan Cistulli Memorial Music Fund

Town of Burlington – Social Services - $1,500
Support for Burlington families in need including food, fuel and other assistance as needed
James R. Parker Trust

TyLives Make It Different Foundation - $5,000
Pilot program for a resource center for home-schooled youth in Southington
KAWFY Memorial Fund

Designated Funds and Agency Endowment Grants - $243,743

American Clock & Watch Museum - $8,890
American Clock & Watch Museum Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $1,250
Edward Ingraham Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $5,320
Sky Bight Foundation Fund for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol (Cambridge Park Clubhouse) - $500
Ercole and Pamela Labadia Fund for the Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center (Youth of the Year) - $1,000
Charles Kushlan Memorial Fund

Bristol Adult Resource Center - $3,760
Bristol Adult Resource Center Fund

Bristol Family Resource Centers - $440
Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund

Bristol Hospital Foundation - $8,840
Bristol Hospital Development Foundation Fund

Burlington Historical Society - $490
Burlington Historical Society Fund

Burlington Library - $910
Burlington Library Association Fund

Business Education Foundation - $740
Bob and Carol Messier Family Fund

City of Bristol/Bristol Public Libraries- $3,270
Bristol Libraries Fund

City of Bristol/Bristol Public Library- $21,713
Samuel Goodsell Library Fund

City of Bristol/Manross Memorial Library - $24,360
Manross Memorial Library Fund

City of Bristol/Parks and Recreation - $25,280
Samuel Goodsell Park & Playground Fund

City of Bristol/Parks and Recreation - $995
Family friendly bike pump track at Rockwell Park
Friends of Bristol Parks and Recreation Fund

City of Bristol Youth and Community Services/Parent & Child Center - $7,000
Bristol Health Fund for the Parent & Child Center

Connecticut Historical Society - $400
Connecticut Quilt Registry Legacy Fund

Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc. - $9,200
Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc. Fund

Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc. - $480
Estela Wilderness Education Fund

Grand'Anse Health & Development Association - $2,000
Haiti Medical Fund

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association - $850
Tyler James Gingery Memorial Fund

Immanuel Lutheran School - $2,340
Immanuel Lutheran Alumni Tuition Assistance Fund

New England Carousel Museum - Fire Museum - $16,245
Hap Barnes Fund for Fire Safety and Prevention

Opportunity House - $6,720
Pat & Bob Wollenberg Family Fund for Opportunity House

Plymouth Historical Society - $910
Plymouth Library Association, Inc. Fund

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - $5,600
Bradley Henry Barnes Fund for the Southington Community YMCA

St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church - $1,660
St. Andrew Mission Endowment Fund

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church/Meals for Neighbors - $380
Eva M. Pierce Memorial Charitable Fund

Town of Plainville - $1,410
Plainville Affordable Housing Corporation Fund

Tunxis Community College Foundation - $32,000
Bristol Career Center of Tunxis Community College Endowment Fund
Bristol Career Center of Tunxis Community College Endowment Fund II
Tunxis Community College Fund
Tunxis Community College II Fund

United Way of West Central Connecticut - $8,840
United Way of West Central Connecticut Fund

West Cemetery Association – Barnes Memorial Chapel - $31,040
Carlyle F. Barnes Memorial Chapel Trust

Wheeler Clinic - $8,910
Wheeler Clinic/Dennis Keenan Fund

Donor Advised Fund Grants Supported the Following Organizations and Charitable Interests - $145,430

American Clock & Watch Museum
Barbara Franklin Hackman Fund for Women at Main Street Community Foundation
BEST
Boys & Girls Club of Bristol
Bristol Central High School
Bristol Eastern High School
Bristol Hospital Foundation
Bristol Senior Center
Bristol Technical Education Center
City of Bristol/Parks and Recreation

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut Public
Connecticut Science Center
Dean College
Deerfield Academy
Edward W. and Audrey K. Mink Memorial Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
Environmental Learning Centers of CT, Inc.
Exchange Club of Bristol
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
First Congregational Church of Bristol
Foodshare
Grace Baptist Church – Grace Pantry
Haiti Medical Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
Hartford Stage Company
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
John & Gloria Difrancesco Fund for Women and Girls at Main Street Community Foundation
Kai Alejandro Yagual Betts Memorial Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
Karen and Kim Murphy Family Charitable Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
Men & Boys’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary
Plainville Recreation Department
Prudence Crandall Center
Renbrook School
Revolutionary Youth Theatre
Shepard Meadows Equestrian Center
Sky Bight Foundation Fund for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club at Main Street Community Foundation
Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs
Stone Ridge Foundation
St. Paul Catholic High School
TheaterWorks
The Bushnell
The Frederick Gunn School
United Way of West Central Connecticut
University of Hartford
Veterans Strong Community Center
Wally Barnes Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives at Main Street Community Foundation
Women & Girls Fund at Main Street Community Foundation
World Affairs Council of CT

Immediate Response Fund Grants - $5,618

Bristol Board of Education Immediate Response Fund
Donna Borysewicz Fund for Women
Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids
Leading Ladies Immediate Response Fund
Main Street Children's Fund
Men & Boys’ Immediate Response Fund
The Werner Family Fund
Women & Girls Immediate Response Fund

Scholarship Grants - $256,615

Administrative Endowment Fund Grants - $36,190

Main Street Community Foundation - $36,190
Barnes Group 150th Anniversary Fund
Dave & Edith Scarritt Fund
Main Street Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Yarde Metals Community Support Fund

2020 Grants Awarded

2019 Grants Awarded

2018 Grants Awarded

2017 Grants Awarded

2016 Grants Awarded

2015 Grants Awarded

2014 Grants Awarded

2013 Grants Awarded

2012 Grants Awarded