NEW BRITAIN — Thanks to dozens of new donors, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has increased the size of its annual Catalyst Fund grant.
The Catalyst Fund grew to 68 members last year, almost half new. As a result the annual grant for one non-profit’s project will be $12,500, instead of $10,000.
“We had tremendous growth last year, which we’re excited about,” said foundation President David Obedzinski. The foundation serves New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington.
The Catalyst Fund raises money through the $250 memberships purchased by local individuals and businesses. Each can vote on which issue and project the fund should address.
Joeline Wruck, the foundation’s director of community Initiatives and program services, said for a relatively small donation, one can play a part in a program which can make a big difference.
“For us it’s kind of a window for the community to see what the community foundation is all about. It helps introduce people to us, it educates them, but it's also a window for the community foundation to interact,” Obedzinski said.
Last year donors asked nonprofits to submit proposals for projects which would benefit children and young adults with autism, awarding the grant to Central Connecticut ARC. The New Britain-based nonprofit used the donation to host a series of workshops for teens with autism and their families.
Dawn D'Amato, ARC’s vice president of development, said children with autism often don’t know where to turn for help when they graduate high school.
“So you have a young adult who may not be able to drive,” D’Amato said. “...who may not have a social life apart from having been in school and all the sudden all that ends and what happens next? ”
For more information or to download an application go to https://cfgnb.org/catalyst-fund/.