Hartford Foundation Awards $263,000 in Grants to Support Food Programs, Other Basic Services

Second Round of 2022 Emergency Assistance Grants Awarded to 27 Greater Hartford Nonprofits

In the midst of the nationwide formula shortage of spring and summer 2022, North End Little Pantries, a mutual aid effort in Hartford where residents share and receive food, recognized the need to support parents with infants and started to collect and distribute formula to local families. They utilized social media to locate and purchase hard-to-find formula brands for infants with specific dietary needs, serving at least 200 families. The group also started receiving requests for diapers, so they began providing those as well. To assist in this effort, North End Little Pantries applied for a $10,000 Emergency Basic Human Needs grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to support the purchase and storage of formula and diapers as well as transportation and community outreach.

“We have seen how challenging it continues to be for many families to afford baby formula and diapers for their children,” said Joanna Iovino, program director for North End Little Pantries. “We have been gratified to receive so much support for this work which really is about racial and economic justice in a community which lacks access to the resources families need to thrive. This grant from the Hartford Foundation will allow us to purchase and distribute larger quantities of these necessities and serve more North End families.”

North End Little Pantries was one of 27 nonprofit organizations receiving more than $263,000 in grants to provide food and other basic human needs to residents throughout Greater Hartford. This year, the Foundation established a new approach to its annual Basic Human Needs Emergency Assistance grants to create a more open and equitable application process that involves two rounds of grantmaking. In prior years, all emergency assistance grants were awarded only in the fall, but emergency assistance nonprofits provided feedback that having access to funds earlier in the year would help them in planning and meeting community need. In July, the Foundation awarded more than $400,000 to 50 nonprofit providers of basic human needs services.

These Emergency Assistance grants focus on increasing access to food and addressing immediate needs such as personal care items (e.g., deodorant, diapers), utility assistance, and other needs essential to wellbeing. This grant opportunity prioritizes nonprofits that serve neighborhoods and towns in the region with a higher percentage of residents living in poverty, seek to reduce barriers to equitable access to basic needs and provide direct support to clients. Grants are made using an equity lens, acknowledging that many of these issues have a disproportionate impact on people of color.

The twenty-seven grants recommended are in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic goals to advance equitable social and economic mobility and help to dismantle structural racism in Greater Hartford. The grants would contribute to advancing the Basic Human Needs team’s long-term outcome of “Greater Hartford residents having improved physical and emotional wellbeing.”

These grants support both regional and local agencies in Greater Hartford. Grants range between $3,000 and $20,000 and are primarily funded through the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation as well as the Foundation’s discretionary funding.

Of the 27 grants:

  • Seventeen are primarily for food assistance or food access ($139,500)
  • Seven are for immediate emergency aid (which might include food, but also included rental assistance, and personal care items) to be provided in a state of crisis ($89,000)
  • Two are for clothing, shoes, and diapers ($24,000)
  • One is for case management ($11,000)

“When individuals and families cannot afford to pay for groceries, housing, medical care or other basic necessities, it is incredibly challenging for children to perform in school or adults to go to work each and every day,” said Hartford Foundation Senior Community Investments Officer Cierra Stancil. “Providing for the most basic of human needs helps individuals and families stabilize themselves on their way toward upward social and economic mobility.”

Second round 2022 BASIC HUMAN NEEDS GRANTS

Organization Name Primary Grant Focus Project Description Area Served Grant Amount
Advancing Connecticut Together, Inc.

Daily Meal Services for HIV+ Clients of Connections Wellness Center in Hartford

 

Grant funds will be used to purchase food and supplies for a daily meal service for approximately 20 HIV+ clients at Connections Wellness Center on Albany Avenue. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Friday.

Hartford

$5,000

Bloomfield Public Schools

Basic Human Needs Grant

Grant funds will be used by Family Center at Laurel Elementary School to purchase food, clothing, diapers, formula, school uniforms, and other basic needs to support families that use Bloomfield’s early care and education system.

Bloomfield

$4,000

Community Solutions, Inc.

Basic Needs Assistance for Returning Citizens in Greater Hartford

Grant funds will be used to purchase winter coats, boots, gloves, hats, and other basic needs for adult male and female residents of 6 residential reentry centers. Bloomfield, Hartford

$20,000

Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition, Inc. Wraparound Refugee Services Grant funds will be used to support wraparound services for Afghan refugees, including emergency aid, case management, and materials for Sewing for Success program.

Greater Hartford

$15,000

Emanuel Lutheran Church (Hartford)

In the City For Good Pantry

Grant funds will be used to purchase food unavailable from CT Foodshare, supplies, personal care items, household items, and other basic needs.

Hartford

$5,000

First Church of Christ in Hartford

Sunday Meals Program and Outreach

Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment for the food pantry, including safety equipment, kitchen items, shelving units, and storage item. Grant funds would also be used for a vehicle to use in picking up food from the food bank.

Hartford

$5,000

Gifts of Love, Inc. Basic Needs Program

Grant funds will be used to purchase fresh food, personal care items, and other basic needs through their Avon and Hartford food pantries.

Greater Hartford

$20,000

Glory Chapel (Hartford)

Love Kitchen Ministry

Grant funds will be used to purchase food, supplies, and to pay for delivery.

Hartford

$4,500

Hartford Neighborhood Centers

Basic Human Needs serving personal items, food, clothing and referral services to seniors, families, and young adults.

Grant funds would be used to support organization's community outreach, extended hours of service, and case management.

East Hartford, Hartford

$15,000

Hartford Public Library

TAP Emergency Assistance Fund

Grant funds will be used to provide emergency assistance for immigrants enrolled in The American Place programs.

Hartford

$5,000

Hebron Interfaith Human Services, Inc. Basics and Beyond Grant funds will be used to purchase healthy, fresh food unavailable from CT Foodshare, food for the weekend backpack program, personal care items, utility assistance and other needs.

Greater Hebron

$4,000

Hispanic Health Council

Bienvenidos Vecinos! (Welcome Neighbors!)

Grant funds will be used to purchase healthy, culturally appropriate foods not available from CT Foodshare, a commercial refrigerator to store fresh food, clothing, breast feeding materials and supplies, and other basic needs.

Greater Hartford

$5,500

ImmaCare, Inc.

Mobile Outreach

Grant funds will be used to purchase food, clothing, and other basic needs for distribution to homeless individuals interacting with the Mobile Outreach Case Manager.

Greater Hartford

$13,000

Latino Community Services, Inc.

Operation Giving Back Grant funds will be used to purchase personal care items, hygiene supplies, clothing, formula, diapers, and other basic needs. Funds would also be used to purchase small denomination grocery gifts cards.

Greater Hartford

$15,000

Levo International, Inc.

Emergency Aid

Grant funds will be used to build indoor growing facilities and to pay for delivery fees to deliver the fresh food to three Hartford-based food programs.

Hartford

$15,000

Manchester Area Conference of Churches, Inc. MACC's Community Kitchen Food Services Grant funds will be used to purchase food and supplies to support daily food program. Bolton, Manchester

$15,000

New Covenant United Methodist Church Community Meals and CSFP Seniors' Food Boxes Grant funds will be used to purchase food and supplies to support two food programs.

East Hartford, Hartford

$3,000

North End Little Pantries

Formula 4 Families

Grant funds will be used to purchase formula, diapers, storage, transportation, and community outreach.

Hartford

$10,000

Prayer & Praise Fellowship, Inc. Bridge The Gap Grant funds will be used to provide emergency food assistance, transportation, utilities, rent assistance, clothing, and other basic needs.

Greater Hartford

$5,000

Save Our Schools 4 Our Kids Foundation S.O.S. 4 Community Hope Extravaganza Tour Grant funds will be used to support "food tours" of the Hartford neighborhoods. Funds will be used to purchase food, refrigerated truck rental, gas, and storage bins.

Hartford

$5,000

Second Congregational Church

2nd Congregational Church Food Pantry

Grant funds will be used to purchase food not available from the food banks, personal care items, and other basic needs for distribution at the food pantry. Grant funds would also be used to install a conveyor to bring food into the facility as well as basic repairs.

Greater Manchester

$11,000

The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.

Basic needs

Grant funds will be used to purchase food for the Community Kitchen and food pantry, basic needs for shelter clients such as assistance with medical coverage or medicine, emergency aid for area residents, and other basic needs.

Greater Vernon

$11,000

The Underground NE

Adult Survivor Support and Services

Grant funds will be used to provide emergency aid to adult trafficking survivors. Emergency aid could include medical treatment, legal support, provision of safe shelter, food, clothing, personal care items, and other basic needs.

Statewide

$15,000

Town of East Hartford Food and Supply Assistance for the East Hartford Combined Churches Food Bank Program Grant funds will be used to purchase food, pantry supplies, personal care items needed by the East Hartford Combined Church Emergency Food Banks. East Hartford Social Services refers clients to the emergency food banks and works with each church's food pantry to identify needed food, personal care items, and pantry supplies.

East Hartford

$16,000

Warburton Community Church The Warburton Community Church Food Pantry Grant funds will be used to purchase food, personal care items, and other basic needs.

Hartford

$5,500

When Destiny Meets Purpose Inc. The Swift Transition (TST) Grant funds will be used to purchase food, personal care items, and other basic needs for families in need. Funds would also support equipment and volunteer stipends.

East Windsor

$5,000

YWCA Hartford Region, Inc. YWCA Emergency Shelter Case Management Services Grant funds will be used to support Case Management services at the YWCA's Emergency Shelter.

Greater Hartford

$11,000


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. Through partnerships, the Foundation seeks to strengthen communities in Greater Hartford by putting philanthropy in action to dismantle structural racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $894 million since its founding in 1925. For more information, visit
www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.