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Kindness in Real Life: Chelsea Groton Foundation approves $244K in grants

This spring, the Chelsea Groton Foundation provided $244,319 to 67 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A grant of $15,000 was provided to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and $10,000 went to Westerly Hospital, both in response to decimation of resources caused by the pandemic. The Foundation gave a third consecutive grant in the amount of $15,000 to the Community Foundation of Eastern CT for the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund. Since last spring, the Foundation has given a total of $85,000 to the fund.

Operation Fuel was also the recipient of a third consecutive donation and has received a total of $22,500 from the Chelsea Groton Foundation since the pandemic began.

Eastern Connecticut Ballet ($2,000), Avery-Copp House Museum ($1,500) and La Grua Center ($2,500) all received grants to assist in re-opening to the public for art and live performances. Both Girl Scouts of Connecticut ($3,000) and Muscular Dystrophy Association ($2,500) are welcoming campers back this summer, and Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board ($5,000) is running a summer employment program for low-income youth.

“We made a commitment early on in the pandemic to do whatever it took to support the non-profits in our area who make the community the wonderful place it is,” Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank, and President of the Chelsea Groton Foundation, said in a press release.

The Foundation typically reviews applications and awards grants two times per year. Organizations who support critical needs are invited to apply for additional funding this year if needed, through the application on the Bank’s website,

Last year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation gave a record $1 million to the community in the wake of the pandemic.

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