The West Hartford Community Fund, one of 29 funds established by The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving last year, is looking for town residents to participate in decision making, grant funding, and operations decisions.
In 2019, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established $100,000 Community Funds for each of the 29 towns in the Foundation’s region, which includes the town of West Hartford.
The purpose of the Community Funds is to support residents in taking ownership around the needs in their towns and encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement. West Hartford residents will play the lead role in deciding how their Community Fund will be used.
The West Hartford Community Fund will be handled by an Advisory Committee of town residents that must be inclusive, representative, and reflective of all of the residents of West Hartford. This initial Advisory Committee will:
- Decide on the Committee’s operating procedures,
- Develop a process to receive and evaluate applications to the fund, and
- Make fund distribution decisions in this and coming years.
Hartford Foundation staff will provide guidance on topics such as participatory decision making, grantmaking and fund development, as needed.
To establish the initial Community Fund Advisory Committee, a Selection Committee has been formed to conduct broad outreach to town residents, informing them of the opportunity to be a part of the first Advisory Committee. The Selection Committee will be accepting nominations starting immediately.
A meeting will is scheduled for March 8 at the Noah Webster Library, from 3-4 p.m., to provide more information about the Fund, and organizers will also speak at the March 10 Town Council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Future sessions will be scheduled as outreach continues.
For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit https://www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.
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