SBM Charitable Foundation Awards 3rd Quarter Grants totalling $221,500.

February 22, 2010 -

Manchester, Conn. (November 10, 2009)…The SBM Charitable Foundation has awarded third quarter 2009 grants of $221,500 to a wide range of area non-profits. The Foundation’s total funding this year to-date is $978,550. Twenty organizations were the recipients of SBMCF “We’re Pulling For You Grants” for the quarter ending September 30, 2009.


Grant awards include: Four municipalities, including the town of Coventry for its Regional Farmers’ Market with free classes for the community; the town of Glastonbury for its 35th Annual Apple Festival; the town of Manchester for a Family History Day; and the town of Mansfield for its 6th Annual Festival on the Green.


Educational institutions and programs benefited from the generosity of the SBM Charitable Foundation with grants awarded to the Manchester Board of Education for Project Graduation, and Eastern Connecticut State University for college scholarships. Several divisions of the University of Connecticut received grants: the UConn Foundation in support of its annual Children’s Book Fair; the UConn Football Department for its ongoing support of the Goal Line Project outreach to East Hartford Middle School, and the UConn Athletic Department for its ongoing Husky Reach program, involving UConn student athletes and members of the School of Business, providing outreach to Verplanck and Waddell Elementary Schools in Manchester.


Other East of the River non-profits that received grant awards from the SBM Charitable Foundation include Manchester’s C.A.S. T., Inc. for is Children’s Summer Theatre Scholarships, Manchester Area Network on Aids, Inc. to continue its food service program to AIDS victims and families, Manchester’s  New Hope Manor, Inc., in support of a Fine Arts program for its residents, and the Discovery Center that provides year round elementary school diversity programs for Verplanck and Washington Schools in Manchester.


Additional area non-profits were awarded funding: the Connecticut Science Center for educational programming, the National Lung Cancer Partnership for its recent walk in Glastonbury, the South Windsor Historical Society to present its Heritage Day Event,

Connecticut Farmland Trust for its mission to preserve Connecticut farmlands, Hartford Stage for its 2009-2010 theater literacy programs in Manchester and Rockville high schools as well as all East Hartford and Manchester elementary schools, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s literacy/mentoring program in Manchester and East Hartford, and the Perception Programs, Inc.’s mentoring program for Willimantic Middle School students.


Executive Director Sheila B. Flanagan noted, “In these challenging times it gives us great satisfaction to help these deserving organizations that do so much for our communities. Now more than ever these services are vital to the needs of local residents.”


The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of the former Saving Bank of Manchester. The Foundation’s mission, perpetuating the vision of the former Bank, is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly East of the River in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties. Priority categories for funding include health, human services, education, housing, and the arts. In 2008 the Foundation awarded a total of more than $2 million to area non-profits, while cumulatively since its founding the Foundation’s philanthropy has exceeded $13 million. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information visit the website at .