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Foundation Announces New Community Grants Awarded in December 2021

December 13, 2021

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Conn. – The American Savings Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded 32 Community Grants totaling $136,108. These were the second set of Community Grants announced during the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary year.

“As we reach the end of our 25th Anniversary milestone year, we are proud to award over $200,000 to 54 non-profits between our two Community Grants this year,” says Maria Falvo, president and CEO of American Savings Foundation. “The Community Grants were created to respond to the needs of non-profits in our region. As we look to the foundation’s next 25 years, we will work hard to continue meeting those needs, and support those serving individuals in our community.”

American Savings Foundation’s Community Grants program serves a wide range of local needs throughout the Foundation’s 64 towns. In keeping with the Foundation’s mission, Community Grants will support programs and organizations that strengthen the community through education, human services, and the arts, with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and families.

The next deadline for Community Grant requests is February 3, 2022, for decision in March. Community Grant requests range from $250 to $5,000 and applications can be submitted using the online application available at

Community Grants announced by the American Savings Foundation include:

  • $4,000 to A Little Compassion, Inc. to train volunteers who will support young adults with disabilities.
  • $2,310 to American Clock and Watch Museum to support the operation and maintenance of their exhibits.
  • $3,000 to American Mural Project for their afterschool program that provides arts enrichment activities to students at Winchester Public School.
  • $5,000 to American Red Cross - Connecticut Chapter to provide emergency basic needs services to families and individuals who experienced disasters.
  • $5,000 to Bare Necessities, Inc for diaper distribution in Clinton, Chester, Deep River, Killingworth, Madison, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.
  • $3,000 to Berlin Upbeat to connect students at Berlin High School to leadership development workshops.
  • $2,000 to Best Buddies International for their mentoring and inclusion program for students
  • $3,000 to CCARC, Inc. to support their strategic planning and directives for future growth.
  • $5,000 to Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families Inc. for virtual workshops to help women move on and thrive after experiencing abuse.
  • $5,000 to Connecticut Radio Information System to provide quality audio-access services for people who are blind or print-challenged throughout central Connecticut.
  • $5,000 to Connecticut Storytelling Center, Inc. for their early-childhood storytelling program in New Britain.    
  • $4,500 to Farmington Food Pantry to connect individuals living in the greater Farmington area to basic need items
  • $7,500 to Food Rescue US for a program where economically challenged restaurants provide meals to food insecure individuals in Torrington.
  • $5,000 to Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc. to increase access to mental health services for individuals in Bethlehem, Thomaston, Torrington, Watertown, and Waterbury.
  • $3,146 to Jordan Porco Foundation to support their prevention program for students attending the New Britain ROOTS summer camp
  • $2,500 to Journey Home to help individuals experiencing homelessness secure stable housing
  • $5,000 to KidsPlay Children's Museum, Inc. for their culturally diverse programming within the museum
  • $4,750 to Main Street Children's Choir for voice lessons for children from Berlin, Farmington, Newington, New Britain, and Plainville.
  • $3,500 to MARC Community Resources for employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • $3,402 to New Britain Public Library to provide one-to-one tutoring and homework help for New Britain Middle and High School students
  • $5,000 to Newington Children's Theatre Company for their 2022 Performance Season, serving Newington and surrounding towns.
  • $3,000 to Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater for their 2022 Performance Season through Middletown and surrounding towns.
  • $1,000 to Plainville Wind Ensemble to support their 2022 Performance Season in Plainville and surrounding towns.
  • $3,500 to Read to Grow, Inc to encourage parents of babies born at Manchester Memorial Hospital to use early literacy techniques while interacting with their babies.
  • $7,500 to Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries to distribute food to food insecure individuals in Chester, Clinton, Essex, Killingworth, Madison, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.
  • $7,500 to St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc. to help connect unsheltered individuals to additional services and programs through case management.
  • $3,500 to The Music Series at South Church to support their 2021-22 Performance Season through New Britain and surrounding towns
  • $7,500 to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to provide one-time financial crisis support for families in Greater New Britain who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.
  • $7,500 to United Way of Greater Waterbury to provide one-time financial crisis support for families in Greater Waterbury who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.    
  • $1,500 to United Way of West Central CT to connect High School students in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth/Terryville to leadership opportunities with their Youth Board.
  • $2,000 to Veterans Strong Community Center to update their case management database to capture important client data and to better serve their clients.
  • $5,000 to Volunteers in Psychotherapy to increase mental health access for individuals willing to complete community service projects throughout the Foundation’s service area.

American Savings Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment which provides grants to local nonprofit organizations, and college scholarships to area students. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, the Foundation has contributed over $64 million in total grants and scholarships in central Connecticut. Throughout their anniversary year, the Foundation will share stories about the people and organizations they have worked with over the past quarter century.  Follow on Facebook @AmericanSavingsFoundation.  For more information, call 860-827-2556 or visit the Foundation’s website at