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Grant Dollars at Work

Gifts to The Community Foundation have a lasting impact on this generation, and ones to come. Below are some examples of grants in action:

Students enrolled in the competitive Evolutions program at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History have a chance to receive science education and college preparation while qualifying for a paid internship at the museum and a science lab internship at Yale University. Learn more


While the Mary Wade Home's core business is providing skilled nursing care, assisted living, adult day care, and rehabilitation, a larger mission is being an anchor for the community. The nearly 150 year old institution recently received funding to develop a strategic plan and implement an intergenerational arts program.  Learn more


Variety and Continuing Impact of Grants Sustain Donor TrustThe Foundation’s charter document declares that its essential function is to “meet the changing needs [of the community] … with flexibility.” Of the $19M available from endowment spending in 2012, $8M is available from unrestricted and field of interest funds that provide flexibility to address changing community needs and opportunities. Learn more

For the past ten years, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has been at the forefront of involving parents in their children’s educational and cultural development through its support of Parents and Communities for Kids (PACK). Learn more

Thanks to The Community Foundation’s leadership, arts community and the generosity of donors, an Arts Fund was established in 1980 to support the Greater New Haven arts scene. Since inception, approximately $3.1  million in grants has been awarded from the fund to nonprofits like Artspace  , whose mission is to present local and national visual art, providing access, excellence, and education to the benefit of the public and the greater arts community. Learn more

Many students in Connecticut are being moved out of traditional high schools into alternative and adult education, even if they don’t want to be, suggests Laura McCargar, a former Soros Justice Fellow who was hosted by A Better Way Foundation, a statewide criminal justice reform organization. With support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, McCargar published a report documenting hundreds of cases of students who were “pushed out” of their high schools. Learn More

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