September 2, 2013
Nonprofit notebook

Hartford Foundation grants preserve farmland in three communities

Photo | Manchester Land Conservation Trust
Photo | Manchester Land Conservation Trust
A view of Risley Pond, looking toward the dam and, just beyond the dam, the Risley Apple Orchard, which has been purchased by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust with the aid of a $60,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has provided $365,000 in grants to help preserve 130 acres of farmland in Bolton, Ellington and Bloomfield.

The awards were provided to three separate conservation agencies.

With the aid of a $200,000 grant, the Wintonbury Land Trust will purchase 45 acres known as Hawk Hill Farm, which abuts LaSallette Park and is one of Bloomfield's oldest farms. The purchase, which prohibits any development on the land, includes approximately 22 acres of prime farmland, which are still being farmed. Other significant funding for the $752,000 purchase was provided by the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Hartford Foundation grant includes funding from its Lee and Margot Allison Fund and Edith W. and John Davis Murphy Fund.

With the aid of a $105,000 grant, the Northern Connecticut Land Trust will purchase 70 acres in Ellington known as the Meyers Farm. The farm is located on Green Road and abuts the Swann Farm currently owned by the land trust. The land trust plans to lease the fields to local farmers to keep the property as working farmland. There are also 20 acres of woodlands. Other significant funding for the $325,000 purchase was provided by the state, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bafflin Foundation.

With the aid of $60,000 grant, the Manchester Land Conservation Trust has purchased 13 acres known as the Risley Apple Orchard in Bolton. The property is contiguous with Risley Park, 132 acres of existing open space, including walking and hiking trails, owned by the land trust around the reservoir. Other significant funding for the $160,000 purchase was provided by the state.

Bearingstar Insurance Supports South Park Inn with $1,500 Donation

The Bearingstar Insurance Charitable Fund recently donated $1,500 to South Park Inn of Hartford as part of its community gift program. South Park Inn's mission is to assist homeless people to improve their life situations by providing temporary and long-term housing and supportive services. South Park Inn provides services to nearly 1,500 men, women and children each year. The nonprofit offers a variety of services, from street outreach and emergency shelter to transitional and permanent housing. While staying at South Park Inn, residents' basic needs are met and they work to overcome the problems that led to their homelessness.

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Berkshire Bank Awards Grants to Hartford Area Nonprofits

Berkshire Bank Foundation has awarded $22,500 in grants to four Hartford-area nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA of Hartford, Community Solutions, The Connecticut Forum and The Bushnell. Funding supported the following organizations and programs:

• YWCA of Hartford received a $2,500 grant to support its upcoming 2013 Money Conference for Women on Oct. 26 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

• Community Solutions Inc. in Windsor received a $5,000 grant to support its reintegration program, which works with incarcerated men and women providing them with workforce training and skills development so that they can successfully transition to family and community life after their release.

• The Connecticut Forum in Hartford received a $5,000 grant to support its Youth Forum, a voluntary high school youth program serving more than 750 students from 40 schools.

• The Bushnell in Hartford received a $10,000 grant to support PARTNERS, an education program that uses arts to propel student achievement.

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Travelers Supports Hartford Public Library’s Teen Leaders Initiative

The Travelers Foundation has awarded the Hartford Public Library with a $50,000 grant that will provide continued funding to the Teen Leader Initiative, which provides teens a basic understanding of what is needed to achieve success in both their academic and working careers. This year's Teen Leader Initiative will have an emphasis on information literacy and technology, preparing 10 Hartford teens for education and careers in a digital world. Activities will align with common core curriculum and quickly evolving digital trends, increasing their ability to navigate a world where mastery of technology skills is essential.

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