The Power of Community and Compassion: 2019 Preston Community Fund Grants Announced

New London, CTThe Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) is pleased to announce the 2019 Preston Community Fund grant awards.  One of more than 500 funds at the Community Foundation, the Preston Community Fund supports the arts, and cultural and social needs of the residents and organizations of the Town of Preston.
 
Five nonprofits received a total of $3,276:  Amos Lake Association, Arts for Learning CT, Catholic Charities, Preston City Congregational Church/Two-Can Food Pantry, and Preston Boy Scout Troop 75.  These grants will support projects including a water quality maintenance project, a curriculum-linked arts program for all Preston Plains Middle School students, providing for emergency basic needs, stocking a local food pantry, and helping members of Boy Scout Troop 75 participate in the 2020 Vermont High Adventure Trip.
 
The Preston Community Fund was originally established in 1991 with funds given by the former American Ref-Fuel Company of Southeastern Connecticut to help support the varied nonprofit and civic organizations in town, under the guidance of an advisory committee of Preston residents. In 2015, the advisory committee voted to transfer the fund to the Community Foundation and retain its role as advisors to this permanently endowed fund, in making annual grants to benefit Preston residents.
 
For questions regarding the fund or grant awards, contact:
Alison Woods, VP & Chief Development Officer, 860.442.3572; alison@cfect.org
 
About the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an endowment which forever strengthens nonprofits in the 42-town region in Eastern Connecticut. Begun in 1983, Foundation assets have grown to nearly $95 million and are comprised of over 520 permanent named funds. We have awarded over $5 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 so far, bringing the total amount invested in the region to more than $61 million, focusing on programs that empower youth, address basic needs and rights, preserve the environment, and advance animal welfare. Our four Women & Girls Funds support nonprofits that empower women and girls of all ages. Anyone can contribute to existing funds or set up named funds for general support or for specific interests. Call or email Alison Woods at 860-442-3572 or alison@cfect.org to learn more about how to invest in optimism and put your philanthropy into action to support your community.  Visit us at www.cfect.org, and connect with us on Facebook.com/CommunityFoundationofEasternConnecticut and Twitter.com/cfectnews.

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