The Hartford Foundation has created 29 new funds, one for each of the towns in our region.
The purpose of the Greater Together Community Funds is to support the community in taking ownership around the needs in their towns, encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement and anchor the Hartford Foundation in each town.
About the Funds
In 2018, the Hartford Foundation embarked on a listening tour to hear from the residents of the 29 towns the Foundation serves. (We are completing the tour in January and February of 2019.)
Residents shared what they loved about their communities, what changes they would like to make and how the Hartford Foundation might help. One common theme was the idea that residents understand the challenges they face in their communities, but are often constrained by a lack of resources. This lack of resources included the need for more opportunities to meet with one another, share concerns and work together with all members of the community to develop solutions. These community conversations led the Hartford Foundation to create the Greater Together Community Funds.
The concept of community funds is not unique to Greater Hartford. The Foundation has learned from several other community foundations and community-based participatory decision-making models, adapting these experiences to the realities in Greater Hartford.
From spring 2019, each Greater Together Community Fund will begin to receive $100,000, over two years. Half of the fund's money - $50,000 - will be available for current or immediate use. The other $50,000 will be endowed, meaning a percentage of the dollars will be available every year to grant, following the Hartford Foundation's spending policy.
Each community fund will be handled by an advisory committee of town residents that must be inclusive, representative and reflective of all of the residents of that community.
In order to establish the initial advisory committee in each town, the Hartford Foundation will conduct broad outreach to town residents, informing them of the opportunity to be a part of this advisory committee.
The advisory committees will identify the greatest needs in their communities and design a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the community funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents. Hartford Foundation staff will provide guidance on topics such as participatory decision making, grantmaking and fund development, as needed.
Each town's advisory committee may work differently and will operate independently.
Rollout will begin spring 2019. However, before any funds are granted, an advisory committee must be formed and a grantmaking process must be put in place.
Individuals and organizations can make tax-deductible contributions to any of the 29 Community Funds through our website, hfpg.org/donate or by sending a check written out to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving with the memo line indicating "(name of town) Community Fund". Contributions can be mailed to:
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
10 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford CT 06106
If you'd like to talk with us about your contribution, feel free to reach us by email at CommunityFunds@hfpg.org or by phone at 860-548-1888.
If you are interested in participating in the advisory committee or would like to nominate someone to participate, we would love to hear from you.
You can reach us by email at CommunityFunds@hfpg.org or by phone at 860-548-1888.
This is not a fund for municipal town governments. Grants will not be administered or awarded by a town or municipal authority.
All dollars will be held at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving until they are awarded as grants.
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Video: The Inspiration for the Greater Together Community Funds
"We're All Connected": The Hartford Foundation Listening Tour 2018
This video looks back at our Listening Tour and the discussions that led to the creation of the Greater Together Community Funds.