In 2019, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Avon. In 2022, the fund received another $50,000 totaling in an investment of $150,000.
The purpose of the Greater Together Community Funds program 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.
Advisory Committee Members - Application Now Open!
The Avon Greater Together Community Fund Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for open positions starting this June and November 2022. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here. The committee will prioritize perspectives and experiences not already reflected on the committee while making their decision.
The application is also available for download in a Word file, here.
Please complete and email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of the Advisory Committee is to design and lead an inclusive process to identify the needs in your community, and design a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the Greater Together Community Funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents.
The Advisory Committee members for your town are:
Vincent Blea, Dorothy (Dee Dee) Dew, Carrie Firestone, Leslie Gordon, Haleigh Guerrera, Laura Hoffman, Gregory M. Jones, Aaradhya Kumar, Maya Parady, Elizabeth Ann Pavlakis, Ursula Pfeiffer, Brian Rajcok
Avon Greater Together Community Fund Announces Inaugural Grant Awards
The following organizations were recipients of inaugural grant awards during 2021:
- Avon Congregational Church ($8,095) - to support the Learning Civility in Our Modern World program
- Avon Land Trust, Inc. ($6,285) - to support Avon Land Trust projects
- Bottoms Up Organization ($1,600) - to support Avon Winterfest
- Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families, Inc. ($2,000) - to support outreach to and participation in the Never Going Back to Abuse program for Avon residents
- The Garden Club of Avon ($500) - to support installation of a bronze plaque for 75th Anniversary Garden at the Town Hall
- UR Community Cares, Inc. ($1,600) - to support UR Community Cares in Avon
The Avon Greater Together Community Fund Advisory Committee conducted research in February 2021 to identify what was important to Avon residents. 246 survey responses were collected from an online survey, and 11 residents participated in a focus group activity. The full survey and focus group reports are available here: