September 12, 2011 -

The SBM Charitable Foundation has announced second quarter 2011 grants totaling $489,662.50 to area non-profits. Thirty seven organizations were the recipients of SBMCF “We’re Pulling for You” Grants covering a wide range of community services that support primarily East of the River programs. Year-to-date in 2011 the Foundation has awarded $787,062.50.


A number of municipalities and town/city departments received funding including: the Town of Manchester for its 13th annual Family History Day celebration and the 20th annual Pride in Manchester Week community event; the Town of East Hartford’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series as well as free summer concert series for the Town of Glastonbury; the Town of South Windsor received funding for its Summer “S.T.A.R.S.” Community Service Program for area youth; and the Town of Vernon for its community 4th of July celebration.


Other town organizations benefitting from SBMCF grants include: Manchester Board of Education for its Bill DiYeso/”Almost Home” Reading Curriculum Program and its Project Graduation; the Glastonbury Council PTO and the Vernon Board of Education also received funding for their Project Graduation programs. Other Manchester town programs and non-profits include the Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell Corporation, the Manchester Land Conservation Trust, Inc. for the upgrade of the Cheney Railroad trail/path, the Manchester Police Activities League for the Squire Village Summer Recreation Program, MARC, Inc. for its capital campaign to help purchase new facilities, and Manchester Area Conference of Churches for a walk-in freezer. East Hartford School Business Partnership, Inc. was awarded funding for its East Hartford High School financial education programs, as was the Enfield Loaves and Fishes for its food pantry, South Windsor Cultural Arts for its Sunday concert series, South Windsor’s Wood Memorial Library, and Windham Region Arts Council for bus transportation for Windham area third graders to attend the Arts Festival.


A variety of student and youth oriented organizations received funds from the SBM Charitable Foundation, including: Boy Scouts of America for its “Scoutreach” program in Manchester, East Hartford and Vernon; Girl Scouts of Connecticut for summer camperships to Camp Merrie-Wood and for 2011-2012 Manchester/East Hartford troop support; Eastern Connecticut State University for Manchester High School students in the “Dual Enrollment Initiative”; UCONN Athletic Department for its “Husky Reach” outreach program for the first semester of Manchester’s Verplanck and Waddell Elementary Schools’ academic year; The Children’s Museum for its “Science Achievement for All” program. Three additional museums received funding: the New England Air Museum’s “Soar for Science” program for East Hartford and Tolland schools, New Britain Museum of American Art, Inc. for its “Access to the Arts” program for East Hartford and Manchester schools and the Museum of Connecticut Glass, Inc. in Coventry. The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut was funded for its “Legal Representation” program for children in Tolland and Windham Counties along with Hartford Consortium for Higher Education’s “Career Beginnings” college preparatory mentoring program for East Hartford High School students and Team Paragon Robotics Inc. in Windsor for its robotics/engineering program for area students.


General funding support was awarded to Holy Family Shelter in Willimantic, Hockanum Valley Community Council in Vernon, the Cornerstone Foundation for its food pantry, Nutmeg State Games, and National Conference for Community Justice for East of the River students.  Additional funding was granted to the Institute for International Sports in Storrs for World Scholar-Athlete Games at the World Youth Peace Summit held at the University of Hartford; Prevent Blindness Tri-State for its “Healthy Eyes for CT Kids” program for East of the River youth; Riverfront Recapture’s youth rowing programs for East Hartford students, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center for child safety seat and community programs.


The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of the former Savings 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 Connecticut River in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties. Priority categories for funding include health, human services, education, housing and the arts. Since its inception the Foundation’s philanthropy has reached over $16 million in total grants and scholarships. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information, visit the website at .