People's United awards $176K in grants to local nonprofits

Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities, Safe Futures, Madonna Place and the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region were among organizations sharing in grants announced Thursday by the People's United Community Foundation.

The foundation, philanthropic arm of Bridgeport-based People's United Bank, handed out $176,000 to organizations serving northern Connecticut in the latest round of funding. Locally, the Franklin-based Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board received the largest amount, $12,000, followed by the affordable-housing group ECHO of New London, $7,500, the Madonna Place shelter of Norwich, $5,000, the Safe Futures shelter of New London, $4,000, and the New London-based economic-development agency SeCTER, $3,000.

"Many outstanding nonprofit organizations in our communities are doing exceptional work to meet the needs of residents," said Vincent Santilli, executive director of the foundation, in a statement.

In all, 28 organizations received funding in northern Connecticut. Throughout the state, New York and the rest of New England, the foundation handed out $721,500 to 111 nonprofits during this year's first funding cycle.

"The funding was distributed within the foundation's three areas of focus, with 50 percent allocated to youth development, 31 percent to community development, and 19 percent to affordable housing initiatives," according to a release.

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