Recent Grants

Recent Grants & Scholarship Awards:

Guilford Foundation Commits over $120,000 to Guilford in 2017; Grant Budget Maxed for Year

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce that we have committed over $120,000 for initiatives and organizations serving Guilford in 2017, the most ever and a 17% increase from fiscal year 2016. This reflects 13 grants made through our competitive grant making (complete list below), 12 scholarship awards to graduating Guilford High School students, 10 grants from designated funds for local organizations, and investments in TGF-driven leadership initiatives (including the Shoreline Nonprofit Workshop Series).

WFLC Ground Breaking Ceremony

In just the first half of 2017, TGF provided thirteen grants though our competitive grant making process ranging from $600 to repair Osprey platforms along the Guilford shoreline to $20,000 support the first performing arts festival in Guilford.  A complete list of competitive grants made in 2017 is as follows:

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Guilford Foundation Provides $12,300 Worth of Scholarships to 12 College Bound Graduates

The Guilford Foundation recently presented scholarship awards totaling $12,300 to twelve Guilford High School graduates to help offset the costs of their education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry of our great town.

The twelve students (as well as their colleges) are as follows:

Pictured right-left: Thomas Wiesler, Zachary Rodes, Olivia Mirek, Jordan Krause, Claire Dinauer, Luke McNamara, Emily Nolan.

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TGF’s Youth Advisory Group Grants $10,396 in 2016

The Guilford Foundation’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) recently granted the following awards:

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Guilford Foundation Awards $10,850 in Grants In June

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce grant awards to five organizations serving Guilford. The awards ranged from $500 to $4,550 and support youth, case management for children and families, and the environment.


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Guilford Foundation Awards $16,300 in Grants in March 2016

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce grant awards to six organizations serving Guilford. The grants ranged from $1,200 to $5,000 and support kids, the environment, and basic needs.

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Guilford Foundation Provides $11,600 Worth of Scholarships to 12 College Bound Graduates

The Guilford Foundation recently presented scholarship awards totaling $11,600 to twelve Guilford High School graduates to help offset the costs of their education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry of our great town.

The twelve students (as well as their colleges) are as follows:

  • Elizabeth C. Adams Fund: Krisandra Cusanelli (Wheaton College) & Jessie Pelosi (University at Buffalo)
  • Carl A. Balestracci, Jr. Humanitarian Fund: Joseph Iassogna (University of Virginia) & Emma Munson (North Carolina State University
  • Al and Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts: Samantha Zuniga (Johnson & Wales Providence
  • Stuart D. Burt Fund: Edward Gresham (Loyola Marymount University
  • Stephen A. Looney Fund: Madeline Weil & Noah Rattet (Eastern Connecticut State University)
  • Jake Penman Memorial Fund: Kay Horan (University of South Carolina)
  • Ralph Schipani Scholarship Fund: Mackenzie Iasparra (Quinnipiac University) & John Suchy (Bridgewater State University)
  • Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Scholarship Fund: Olivia Watrous (Northeastern University)

The Guilford Foundation salutes these community members and their families for this special recognition.  TGF also gratefully acknowledges the Guilford High School Guidance Office for their assistance in identifying these students. For more information about the scholarships or the Guilford Foundation, go to www.guilfordfoundation.org.

Guilford Foundation Awards $23,449 in Grants in July 2014

In July 2014, the Guilford Foundation made grants totaling $23,449. The awards—listed below—include results from the competitive grant making process; awards from multi-year commitments; sponsorships, donor advised recommendations; and awards from our designated funds.

Chittenden Boardwalk at the June 22nd Dedication

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Youth Advisory Group Awards $6,000 in 2014

In April, YAG made grant awards to the following 6 local organizations:

  • $1,750 to Guilford Social Services for their back to school program
  • $1,500 to Women & Family Life Center for “Safe Search”
  • $1,000 to the Guilford Free Library for software for 3D printing
  • $1,000 to Shoreline Arts Alliance for Shakespearean Summer Camp for youth
  • $500 to Guilford High School’s Apple Pi Robotics for a new robot
  • $250 to Guilford Art Center for GHS field  trips

The GF Board of Directors was impressed by the group’s energetic fundraising and thoughtful deliberation of the grant applications. YAG continues to exceed expectations around the promotion and development of youth philanthropy. Kudos to Allen Jacobs and Patricia DeChiara for their volunteer guidance of these students.

2014 Scholarship Awards

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 scholarship awards, which were presented at the GHS Awards Night on June 2, 2014:

  • $1,500 Stuart D. Burt Fund Scholarship to Madeline Blank
  • $1,200 Al & Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts Scholarship to Michael Montesano
  • $1,100 Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Fund Scholarship to Megan Burke
  • $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Kathryn Van Steenbergen
  • $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Michael Greco
  • $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Claire Suites
  • $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Jake Morgan
  • $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Wyatt Vilaseca
  • $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Claire Weil
Congratulations to these impressive students! Many thanks to the GHS Guidance Office for their work in identifying students worthy of these awards.

The Guilford Foundation Awards Merit Scholarships to 9 Seniors

The Guilford Foundation hosted its Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30th, under clear, warm skies at the Guilford Yacht Club. At the dinner, we awarded scholarships to nine Guilford High School graduating seniors to help offset the costs of their college education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry or our great town.

GHS Scholarship Recipients

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