In 2019, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Manchester. The Hartford Foundation’s Board of Directors approved additional funding for 2022, contributing an additional $50,000 to the Manchester Greater Together Community Fund.

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.

Your town has formed an advisory committee to manage a participatory process to identify your town's needs and allocate community funds.

Interested in joining the Advisory Committee?

Click here to apply

The deadline is for applications is February 15, 2023.

Inaugural Grant Awards

  • Building Healthy Families - $5,000 to quadruple the number of families served by the group’s community garden located at Main Street and Hartford Road
  • Gentle Love Diaper Pantry - $5,000 to purchase and distribute two pallets of diapers to Manchester children and families in need
  • Manchester CT HOPE Initiative - $5,000 to support Manchester families of individuals going through opioid addiction, distribution of NARCAN and training on its use
  • Manchester Women’s Club - $365 to support a community garden plot at the Spruce Street Community garden with produce donated to a local food pantry’s community kitchen
  • Operation Fuel - $5,000 to support emergency fuel and utility bill assistance efforts for Manchester residents
  • Rebuilding Together - $5,000 to support the group’s efforts to rehabilitate the houses of lower-income homeowners in Manchester
  • Second Congregational Church Food Pantry - $5,000 to support the purchase of food items not available through other partners and the installation of an internal ramp for volunteers to safely offload pallets of food/supplies
  • Trinity Covenant Church Hope 4:10 - $5,000 to support the purchase of cleaning supplies and toiletry items for distribution through the group’s food pantry

A grant reporting form is available for organizations that have completed projects.

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 Community Funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents.

The Advisory Committee members for your town are:

Bambi Mroz, Shea Riley, Debbie Streeter, Sounthaly Thammavong

Click here to read the Advisory Committee Conflict of Interest Policy

For more information about the Advisory Committee, please review the FAQ.

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