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July 18, 2016

Conn. Foundation Earmarks $1 Million to Counter Budget Cuts

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will offer $1 million in grants to assist Connecticut nonprofits buffeted by deep cuts in state spending, reports to the Hartford Courant

The grant maker announced the funding after conducting a survey of its grantees about the impact of the cuts. Twenty-three percent of the 330 nonprofits supported by the foundation responded, and most of those said they would lose $50,000 to $200,000 in state funding. Nealry three-quarters expected to reduce services or shut down programs.

Judy Rozie-Battle, the Hartford fund's senior vice president for community investments, said the grant maker will prioritize nonprofits that offer critical needs like food and shelter then consider grups focusing on mental health, education, the arts, and economic development. Some Connecticut nonprofit leaders expressed frustration that the foundation had to pick up the tab for the state, noting that $1 million will not come close to making up for the cutbacks.