Archive for March, 2023

TGF to Develop Process to Distribute ARPA Funding

The Guilford Board of Selectmen (BOS) chose The Guilford Foundation (TGF) at the end of 2022 to disperse $500,000 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in partnership with the town. TGF is carefully crafting its distribution approach to align with the scope and magnitude of the program with the goal of launching the process in June 2023.

TGF’s Community Investment Committee, led by Chair Alex Sulpasso, will manage the ARPA awards with the same rigor and transparency used for the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking processes. The team will convene with local stakeholders to engage in dialogue about needs, resources, and priorities in the recovery to ensure the process generates the most significant impact for Guilford residents.

“This is a great opportunity to make key investments in area nonprofit programs and services necessary to help people recover from the pandemic,” explained Sulpasso. “We take this partnership seriously and will leverage our strong relationships with community-serving organizations, understanding of the areas hit hardest by COVID, and extensive funding experience.”

In explaining the BOS decision, First Selectman Matt Hoey cited the benefits of delegating the process to an outside organization.

“It takes the program’s administration off the back of our staff, which includes design of the criteria for qualifications, the applications, reviews of the applications, that saves man-hours,” Hoey added. “And in my mind’s eye, The Guilford Foundation is one of the most trusted organizations of this type on the shoreline. Their reputation is impeccable, and they have significant experience in assessing the needs of the nonprofits serving Guilford.”

ARPA funds are the realization of 2020 legislation designed to provide billions of dollars to communities nationwide as part of pandemic relief efforts. The federal monies are intended to address the negative impacts caused by the COVID public health emergency.

“We’re a philanthropic organization focused on enriching the quality of life in Guilford by supporting high-impact community organizations and initiatives,” Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra commented. “As the details emerge, we will proactively communicate our timeline and process for the disbursement of APRA funds. We will encourage all nonprofits negatively impacted by COVID offering services or programs utilized by residents to apply.”

Photographer: Richard Madonna

2022 Competitive Grant Recipients

The Guilford Foundation is proud to have distributed over $80,000 to 22 community serving organizations in 2022, that provide services and programs that enrich the quality of life for Guilford residents.

To learn more about our Competitive Grantmaking process, click here.

Organization Grant Award Program
Legacy Theatre $1,000 Wheel Life Theatre Troupe
Benincasa Community. $1,100 2022 Scholars to Workers Program
Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center $1,250 Gardening Program
Jordan Porco Foundation $1,500 4 What’s Next – Guilford Youth and Family Services
The Connecticut Hospice $1,500 Benches for Visitors
Witness Stones Project $1,800 2022 Guilford Operational Support
Community Dining Room, Inc. $2,400 2022 Food Cost Coverage
Community Nursery School $2,500 Community Nature School
Recovery Move™ $2,500 Recovery Move™ | Improving Youth Mental Health through Exercise & Community 2022
Lifelinx Corporation $2,500 2022 Recovery Transportation Program
The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce $3,500 Chamber Business Education Series
Friends of the Guilford Free Library $3,500 Fall Book Sale 2022
Guilford Garden Club $3,600 Greening of Guilford
The Ethan Miller Song Foundation $5,000 SongStrong Equine Therapy
Guilford Art Center $5,000 General Operating Support
Guilford Social Services $5,000 2022 Guilford Social Services Back to School Program
Before and After School Care Program, GCC $5,000 Guilford Center for Children, Before and After School Care Program
Special Olympics Connecticut $5,000 Special Olympics Connecticut Central Shoreline program
Guilford ABAR $5,000 Equity-Focused Professional Development for Guilford Teachers: Helping Teachers & Students
Guilford Center for Children $6,000 2022 GCC Early Education Tuition Assistance
Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic $7,500 2022 Clifford W. Beers Clinic, Inc. Outpatient Mental Health Program
Women and Family Life Center $12,000 2022 Guided Assistance Program

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