In 2019, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Glastonbury. In 2022, the Foundation added $50,000 to the Fund to continue to support community needs.
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.
Call for Advisory Committee Members
The Glastonbury Greater Together Community Fund Advisory Committee is seeking members that will help us maintain a diverse, inclusive membership reflective of our town’s demographics.
Previous experience in community organizations or in grantmaking is not required. The commitment to serve on the committee includes monthly meetings for about an hour in duration, and sub-committee work between meetings. All Glastonbury residents are eligible to apply, including students or young adults ages 14+.
The advisory committee of town residents plays a lead role in deciding how Glastonbury’s Greater Together Community Funds will be used. This advisory committee will identify community needs and follow a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the community funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents. Please consider joining this exciting committee!
To apply, please complete the application form.
Students are requested to complete the student application, instead of the adult application.
Glastonbury Greater Together Community Fund Grant Awards
In 2023, the Glastonbury Greater Together Community Fund made a third round of grant awards totaling $21,150 to eight organizations to fund programs or projects that will “improve or enhance the quality of life in Glastonbury or otherwise contribute to address a direct need” of the Glastonbury community.
- Amplify, Inc., $4,400 for an evidence-based suicide prevention program geared towards K-6th grade Glastonbury children and for primary mental health/suicide prevention messaging for the Glastonbury community.
- Glastonbury Chorus, Inc., $1,500 to provide the resources necessary to allow this four-part community chorus to perform at senior residences and the Glastonbury senior.
- Glastonbury Friends of Robotics (GFOR), $3,500 to leverage a partnership between GFOR and the Welles Turner Memorial Library. Funding will purchase LEGO robotic kits so that Glastonbury High School Robotic Club students can offer coding lessons for younger children through the library’s programming.
- Glastonbury Farmers Market, $3,000 to support the Glastonbury’s weekly public market for farmers and artisans selling their produce and/or products directly to consumers at the Hubbard Green.
- Glastonbury River Runners, $1,750 to support the “Rising Stars” youth running program promoting health, wellness and activity. This program, hosted at Smith School track field, provides youth between the ages of 4 and 12 with guidance and a safe, encouraging environment as coaches and volunteers prepare youth for competing in their first 5K.
- Operation Fuel, Inc., $2,500 to expand emergency energy assistance for low- and moderate- income families living in Glastonbury.
- UR Community Cares, Inc., $2,500 to support connecting Glastonbury’s older and physically disabled residents with local volunteers who provide home-based assistance securely and at no-charge.
- Wind Hill Community Farm & Learning Center, Inc., $2,000 to support restoration and renovation of the community garden as well as the creation of new ethnic presenter beds.
In its 2021 inaugural round of grants, the Glastonbury Greater Together Community Fund awarded $27,200 to six organizations; grants awarded ranged from $500 to $15,000.
In 2022, a second round of grant awards was made totaling $28,000 to eleven organizations ranging from $1,000 to $4,500.
Awarded organizations are requested to submit an accounting of the use of funds and a narrative evaluation of results achieved. Should your organization decide to apply again to the Glastonbury Community Fund in the future, you would be eligible after we receive a final report for the grant.
Awarded organizations can use the optional form (below) at the end of their grant period to report on the use of their funds.
Awarded organizations who wish to be considered for a 2023 grant should submit a grant report by April 15, 2023. The final report for all other awardees of 2022 grants is due by May 30, 2023.
Please send the completed form, or any questions to the Glastonbury Advisory Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory Committee Members
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:
Beatrice Maslowski, Ellen Saunig (Secretary), James Hagen, James Estrada, Jon Brink, Kelly Gray, Kennedy Hudner (Co-chair), Kevin Savage, Laura Amenta (Co-chair), Laura Hecker, Margaret LaCroix, Niteesh Kalangi, Raghav Kale, and Steven Blau.
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