The People's United Community Foundation, which is part of People's United Bank, said Monday it has awarded $637,940 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout its multi-state service area.
A total of 60 organizations throughout six states, including several local groups in southeastern Connecticut, received funding from the Bridgeport-based bank's foundation arm. People's United Bank has an extensive branch network throughout southeastern Connecticut, including regional offices in Norwich.
Funding for this year's third quarter supported a broad range of activities, including basic service needs, housing initiatives, as well as education and employment initiatives.
Local institutions receiving assistance from the bank's foundation included the Thames River Community Service Inc. for its Thames River Transitional Housing Program for formerly homeless women and their children. The program received $5,000 in funding.
In addition, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Connecticut Inc.'s Disability Support Program received $5,000.
"Nonprofit organizations are under significant pressure to deliver their services in a very challenging economic environment," said Vincent Santilli, executive director of the foundation in announcing the funding.
"People's United Community Foundation is proud to join our community partners in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in the cities and towns we serve," he said.
The foundation was established in 2007 to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for those living in the communities served by People's United Bank.
The foundation places special emphasis on those programs that promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods.