Community foundation Men and Boys’ Fund grants are available

Main Street Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants distributed from the Men and Boys’ Fund. Nonprofit organizations with programs serving men and boys in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott are invited to apply. The Online Grants Center can be accessed through the foundation’s website,, and includes the application, full guidelines and eligibility criteria. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Aug. 27.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2021, the Men and Boys’ Fund was established at MSCF by a group of local, committed men who were concerned about the specific, critical needs of men and boys that are not being met. The goal of the grantmaking program is to provide funds for programs that make it possible for men and boys to improve the quality of their lives, increase self-sufficiency and make a positive difference in their community.

Since 2016, nearly $23,000 has been awarded in program grants from the Men and Boys’ Fund, while over $5,500 has been awarded from the Men and Boys’ Immediate Response Fund to assist local men and boys who are in need of immediate financial assistance.

Interested organizations should contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants and Programs, for a preliminary discussion of their proposal. She can be reached at or 860-583-6363.

The Main Street Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for both present and future generations in the communities served by encouraging and promoting gift planning, prudent stewardship of assets, effective grantmaking and community leadership. A nonprofit public charity, created by private citizens, the foundation works with donors in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott who wish to build permanent charitable endowments to support their communities. Since its founding in 1995, the foundation has provided over $22.3 million in grants and scholarships.

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