Community Impact

Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund Helps our Furry Friends in Need

September 2018 - In 2006, Betty Matt, an animal lover at heart, established a fund through a charitable roll-over gift providing for the care and support of animals in need. Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) has made 17 grants from this fund since its inception totaling $21,700.

Most years, a request is made for an animal protection related program through the annual grant cycle. However, this past spring, no such request was made. This gave MSCF the opportunity to determine how to grant the annual distributable amount of $5,870.

Utilizing a volunteer intern, Kevin Kryzwick, MSCF conducted a needs assessment of the various animal welfare facilities in the region. The following grants were awarded to benefit animals in need:
• $500 to the Town of Burlington Animal Control
• $1,000 to Plainville Animal Control
• $500 to Plymouth Animal Control
• $3,870 to Southington Animal Control specifically to construct a dog run