Hartford Foundation awards $200K to United Way

The Hartford Foundation awarded a $200,000 Respond-Rebuild-Renew Fund to the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Neighbors in Need Fund to support emergency-assistance funds for residents impacted by relocation from the Caribbean and other disaster areas.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will award $253,000 to 11 Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations to reduce disruption in services by early childhood education and after-school program providers, homeless shelters and domestic violence organizations.

The Connecticut Historical Society received a $24,000 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will enable the CHS to catalog, digitize and improve storage conditions for 73 early 20th-century motion-picture films.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a three-year, $302,000 grant to the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) to curb unemployment in Hartford's South End.

SINA, a partnership between Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Trinity College, works with community stakeholders to restore economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods of south-central Hartford. The grant will support "Walk to Work," a program that matches South End residents with jobs available among SINA's partners.

The Walk to Work program's goal is to place 110 to 135 unemployed neighborhood residents in entry-level jobs over three years. According to the latest data, the unemployment rate among those served by the program is 19 percent. Unemployment among youth ages 16-29 in those neighborhoods is about 23 percent.