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November 27, 2023

Prudence Crandall Center, Forge City Works receive $200K grants from Bank of America

Photo | Contributed A Bank of America storefront.

Two local nonprofits, Prudence Crandall Center and Forge City Works, will receive $200,000 grants from Bank of America as recipients of the 2023 Neighborhood Builders award for their work advancing economic mobility and helping underserved neighborhoods in Greater Hartford. 

The multi-year grant is in addition to extensive leadership training to help the nonprofits, which provide domestic violence and workforce development services, respectively, expand their offerings.

The Prudence Crandall Center, based in New Britain, helps survivors of domestic violence. Its emergency shelter reached 250% capacity at times during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Support from Bank of America will help the group expand housing options and children’s services.

Forge City Works, headquartered in Hartford, is a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing food accessibility and delivering job training opportunities.

Support from the Neighborhood Builders program will allow the group to expand its job training program and social enterprise restaurant Fire by Forge.

Nonprofits are selected for the Neighborhood Builders award by a committee of community leaders and past awardees. In Greater Hartford, Bank of America has selected 33 nonprofits as Neighborhood Builders, investing a total of $6.6 million in them.

Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program is one of the largest philanthropic investments into nonprofit leadership development in the nation.

“Nonprofits are vital to solving social challenges, improving communities and promoting economic advancement across Greater Hartford," said Joe Gianni, president, Bank of America Greater Hartford. “Providing Prudence Crandall Center and Forge City Works with flexible funding and leadership training will directly impact survivors of domestic violence in our community, fight food insecurity and create career pathways for underserved individuals.”

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