SBM Charitable Foundation Awards more than $1.7 million in 2009

February 23, 2010 -


The SBM Charitable Foundation (SBMCF) recently awarded $576,378 to area non-profits in its final grants of the year as the Foundation ended its fourth quarter, for a total of $1.7 million for the entire year of 2009. In the fourth quarter forty-four organizations were beneficiaries of the SBMCF “We’re Pulling for You” Grants covering a wide range of community services that support primarily East of the River programs. For the entire year, 124 different organizations representing 21 towns were the recipients of SBMCF grants. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2001, $14,253,741 has been funded in grants that benefit area individuals and communities.


In Manchester, eleven organizations and municipal programs received funding: Bridge Family Center for its Manchester group homes; Downtown Manchester Special Services District for its retail merchants’ initiatives; ECHN Community Health Care Foundation’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital; Interval House for support of victims of domestic violence; a theater ticket outreach program to underprivileged families for Little Theatre of Manchester; an outreach program for area elementary school students for the Lutz Children’s Museum; two Manchester Board of Education programs – the Frank Rizza Cross Country Challenge and the Highland Park Elementary School’s Fun Run for Technology; contributions to the Manchester Interfaith Basketball League and the Manchester Road Race; the Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale to celebrate its 50th anniversary season series of programs; MARC, Inc. for is Youth Services program; and Rebuilding Together for its housing repair program.


A wide variety of Hartford organizations were awarded grants: Billings Forge Community Works for its apartment renovations in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood; the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance for operational support; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for its neonatal training program; East of the River student programs at the Connecticut Science Center; Hands on Hartford for its elementary school Weekend Backpack Program; Hartford Hospital’s Life Star program for community outreach and staff training; Hartford Symphony Orchestra for Manchester elementary schools’ Symphony in the Schools program; Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, based in Hartford, for its Partners in Success financial literacy program; Malta House of Care Foundation, Inc. for free mobile health care services; My Sister’s Place for its “For the Love of Children” initiative; and Saint Francis Hospital for an East of the River child safety seat program; and the Village for Families & Children, Inc. for its Safe Home Program.


Other Greater Hartford and Connecticut organizations included in SBMCF fourth quarter funding were: Connecticut Audubon Society for its nature programs to benefit East Hartford elementary school students; Foodshare for its two programs “Empty Bowls Project” and “Fighting Hunger at the Holidays”; Friends of Valley Falls, Inc. in Vernon for its greenway project; Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford for its pre-collegiate workshops for Manchester, East Hartford and Rockville high school students; the Hill-stead Museum in Farmington for its world language and fine arts programs for East Hartford students; a mobile food pantry and freezer installation for Hockanum Valley Community Council in Vernon; the Institute for International Sport, for its World Scholar-Athlete Games at Eastern Connecticut State University; in Farmington the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Reach Foundation; the New Britain Museum of American Art for its “Access to the Arts” program for East of the River schools; an outreach program for Manchester elementary schools through the Sea Research Foundation at Mystic Aquarium; the South Windsor Youth Hockey Association for its youth league; the Town of Bolton for the Linear Trail East Coast Greenway; the Visiting Nurse and Health Services in Vernon for its “Telehealth Technologies” program; and the YMCA for construction of a new facility in Ellington.


In Windham County five non-profit organizations received funding: Camp Care to operate its therapeutic horseback riding programs; Generations Family Health Center, Inc. for its pediatric dentistry program in Willimantic; the Salvation Army for basic needs assistance in the Windham area; United Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program; and the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry for general support.


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. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information visit the website at .