The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Tolland. $50,000 is available over a period of years for grant opportunities that serve Tolland. $50,000 remains in a permanent endowment. Donations can be made to the Tolland fund here.

The Tolland Greater Together Community Fund aims to:

  • support the community needs of Tolland residents.
  • encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement.
  • maintain a relationship between the Hartford Foundation and Tolland. 

Call for Advisory Committee Members

The Tolland Advisory Committee is accepting applications for membership from interested residents from May 14, 2024-July 8, 2024. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Tolland, at least 14 years of age and not a current elected official of Tolland. Previous experience in community organizations or grantmaking is not required. We are welcoming and encouraging interested residents to apply!

The application (PDF document) can be downloaded and emailed to or completed directly online through this link.

Find out more in the Advisory Committee FAQ and Advisory Committee Conflict of Interest Policy.

Questions? Please email the Advisory Committee at

Grant Applications:

We are not accepting grant applications at this time. Please check back in September or October 2024.

How To Apply:

Application can be completed directly online through this LINK

Questions? Email:

Organizations can submit only one application.

Tolland Greater Together Community Fund Grant Awards

Tolland's advisory committee announced inaugural grant awards in May of 2021. A third round of funding was announced in January 2023 to support nonprofit organizations serving Tolland residents.

Awarded organizations can use this online form at the middle and end of their grant period to report on the use of their funds.  

View Tolland's Third Round Grant Awards (2023) 
  • Hockanum Valley Community Council was awarded $10,000 to provide a wider range of transportation options to disabled and elderly residents of Tolland. 
  • PFLAG Tolland-Mansfiled Inc. was awarded $6,000 purchase educational materials for their meetings, promotional materials for members and events, and materials for a lending library.
  • Tolland Alice Enrichment Parthership was awarded $10,000 to support families by subsidizing activity fees for musical instrument lessons, dance classes, sports, field trips, and more. 
  • Tolland Recreational Department was awarded $2,500 to organize a free outdoor community movie night.
  • Tolland Senior Center was awarded $1,800 to purchase a sign-in scanner and software license for two-years.  
View Tolland's Second Round Grant Awards (2022) 
View Tolland's Inaugural Grant Awards (2021) 
  • ALEC Through Lifeworks was awarded $1,500 to provide training to Tolland first responders for strategies that best serve individuals on the autism spectrum in a crisis situation.
  • The Lions Club of Tolland was awarded $5,000 towards the purchase of an eye screening machine to use with preschool to fifth grade students.
  • Tolland Education Foundation was awarded $3,000 to implement a First Lego League to Tolland Middle School.
  • Tolland Historical Society was awarded $5,000 to support restoration of the bell tower at the Tolland County Courthouse Museum, programs, and events.
  • Tolland Library Foundation was awarded $1,500 for the production of A Tolland Oral History project.

Advisory Committee Members

An advisory committee of Tolland residents has been formed to manage a participatory process to identify Tolland's needs and allocate community funds. The advisory committee has organized and developed a process for providing grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Tolland residents.

The Tolland Community Fund Advisory Committee members include Juliet Carey, Carol Freedman (facilitator), Merry Garrett, Jerry Griffin, Heather McCann, Celeste Senechal, Kenny Trice, and Sulan Zhang.*

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to:

  • learn about needs and opportunities in Tolland;
  • promote awareness to Tolland residents of community needs and opportunities; 
  • decide on priorities for funding to meet those needs;
  • recommend grants to be made from the funds set aside by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving;
  • inspire continuing growth in philanthropic giving and volunteer service in our town; and
  • solicit contributions to fund future grant awards.

For media inquiries, please contact Chris Senecal, Senior Public Policy and Media Relations Officer at or contact the Tolland advisory committee at

Find out more in the Advisory Committee FAQ and Advisory Committee Conflict of Interest Policy.

Questions? Please email the Advisory Committee at