SBM Charitable Foundation announces 2nd quarter grants for 2010

July 14, 2010 -




Manchester, Conn.  (July 8, 2010)….The SBM Charitable Foundation recently awarded second quarter 2010 grants totaling $261,150 to area non-profits. Thirty-four organizations benefited from SBMCF “We’re Pulling for You” Grants covering a wide range of community services that support primarily East of the River programs. The announcement was made by Executive Director Doreen Downham.


The Town of Manchester was the recipient of several educational and enrichment grants that include: the Manchester Board of Education for its “Almost Home” Reading Curriculum Program at Manchester High School, the Bicentennial Band Shell for its summer concert series, the Independence Day Committee for the 27th Annual Independence Day Celebration, the Police Activities League for the Squire Village Summer Swimming Lesson Program, and the Town’s Pride in Manchester Week and the 12th Annual Family History Day celebration. In addition the Manchester Area Conference of Churches received a grant for food storage area renovations.


Other municipal grants were awarded to the Towns of South Windsor and Vernon: South Windsor’s Cultural Arts program for its Sunday Concert Series and the Town’s summer “S.T.A.R.S” Community Youth Service Program for Troubled Youth.  In Vernon, the Board of Education’s Project Graduation and its July in the Sky 4th of July Celebration will benefit from SBMCF “We’re Pulling for You” Grants. Town of Glastonbury supported programs included the Glastonbury PTO’s 2010 Project Graduation and the Chamber of Commerce’s summer concert series.


Other statewide and local organizations covering diverse missions benefited from the Foundation grants.  The American Diabetes Association, the National Conference for Community & Justice, and the Connecticut Council on Philanthropy received direct contributions. The Children’s Law Center received its final installment of a three year commitment. The Children’s Museum in West Hartford was awarded a grant for its “Science Achievement for All” program at Verplanck and Waddell elementary schools in Manchester, as did the Connecticut Storytelling Center for its “Start with Stories” program for East Hartford students.  Also benefiting from SBMCF funding were the Girl Scouts of Connecticut for East of the River troops and Camp Merrie-Wood camperships, and Hartford Consortium for Higher Education’s Career Beginnings college prep mentoring program for East Hartford High School students.


Other funded community organizations include: Cornerstone Soup Kitchen in Rockville, the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation for the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Open Hearth, Inc., Goodspeed Opera House for a theater program for East Hartford High School students,  Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters for a community based mentoring program, The Tolland Fund for sports and recreational opportunities for physically challenged athletes, Stewart Highlanders Pipeband, Inc. for its “Pipes in the Valley” Community Festival,  Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council for its Scoutreach Program for Manchester/East Hartford/Vernon youth, Prevent Blindness Tri-State for its Healthy Eyes for Connecticut Kids program, and Rebuilding Together for a matching funds commitment.


Additional museums receiving support included the New Britain Museum of American Art for its “Access to the Arts” program for East of the River students and the New England Air Museum for the “Soar for Science” program for East Hartford and Tolland elementary schools. In addition, Eastern Connecticut State University received its final installment of SBMCF’s commitment.


Executive Director Doreen Downham stated, “These are especially challenging times for so many non-profit organizations that do so much good for our communities. It is the goal of the SBMCF to help sustain and improve the quality of life in our East of the River areas and we are pleased to award these much deserved grants.”


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 2009 the Foundation awarded a total of more than $1.7 million to area non-profits, while cumulatively, since its founding, the Foundation’s philanthropy has exceeded $14 million. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information visit the website at .