Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Ends 2020 Grantmaking Year with More than $240,000 in Grants

January 7, 2021 (New Britain, Conn.) – The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin (CCNBB) granted a total of over $240,000 in grants to local nonprofits in 2020.

In 1981, the local Community Chest merged with the Community Council to form United Community Services, later renamed the United Way of New Britain and Berlin. In 1986, the organization affiliated with the United Way of the Capital Area, Hartford.

The proud Community Chest name was reclaimed in 2009, when it joined with the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain as a Supporting Organization. This affiliation preserves the Chest’s independence, protects its endowment and assures that its work supporting important health and human services in New Britain and Berlin will continue for generations to come.
Following is a complete list of the Community Chest’s 2020 grants:

• Arts for Learning $12,500 for the Consolidated School District of New Britain Summer Learning Experience
• Boys and Girls Club $15,000 for operating funds for the new teen center
• CASA of Northern CT $2,000 to recruit, screen, and train 30 volunteers to serve as court-appointed advocates
• CCARC $18,500 to open a thrift shop in downtown New Britain to employ individuals with intellectual disabilities
• Center for Children’s Advocacy $10,000 for the Medical-Legal Partnership Program
• Children’s Law Center of CT $7,500 for the Legal Representation and Families in Transition Programs
• Columbus House $5,000 to support a full-time residential administrator at The Jefferson
• CT Storytelling Center $5,000 to continue their literacy program “Start with Stories” in New Britain’s first grade classrooms
• Farmington High School $10,354 for the Vance Elementary School Tutoring Program
• Foodshare $15,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts in New Britain
• Gifts of Love $5,000 for the Weekend Food Backpack Program
• Junior Achievement of Southwest New England $10,000 to support the JA “Pathways to Careers” virtual programs at BHS and NBHS
• Klingberg Family Centers $10,000 to support the Extended Day Treatment Program
• Literacy Volunteers of Central CT $10,000 to serve those who are “low-literate” to achieve economic self-sufficiency and reduce generational poverty
• New Britain ROOTS $15,000 for the New Britain Mobile Farmers Market
• New Life II $10,000 for the Unshakeable Man and Re-Entry Programs
• Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters $10,000 for their Community Based Mentoring Program
• Prudence Crandall Center $15,000 for Education and Prevention Services
• Salvation Army $15,000 for their Pathway of Hope Initiative
• Senior Transportation Services $15,000 for operating support
• Sudanese American House $10,000 for the Social Intervention for Health Action Program
• YWCA New Britain $15,000 to support the House of Teens Youth Development Program
In total, the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin granted $240,854 to nonprofits serving New Britain and Berlin in 2020.

The CCNBB supports programs in the health and human services area and will consider requests for program grants, general operating support and seed grants for new programs. Generally, requests for capital equipment are not funded but may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals will be evaluated with respect to available funding and the potential benefit of the project to the community. The next grant application deadline is April 15, 2021.

Questions regarding proposals and the application process should be directed to Candice Tabone, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Program Manager, at 860-229-6018, ext. 300 or via email

Since 1919, the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin has played a vital role in meeting local health and human service needs. A local and independent Board of Directors identifies and invests resources twice yearly in programs and initiatives benefitting the New Britain and Berlin communities. For more information, visit