First County Bank Foundation

New Canaan Nonprofits Receive Grants from First County Bank Foundation

Getabout Inc., Horizons Student Enrichment Program and New Canaan Community Foundation recently received grants in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500 and $2,500 respectively from the First County Bank Foundation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Getabout is a public-private partnership established in 1981 to provide transportation for New Canaan seniors and those with special needs. For many residents, Getabout is their only means of affordable transportation, enabling them to maintain independence and a high quality of life in the community. Getabout has received grant money from the First County Bank Foundation every year since 2002.

Horizons Student Enrichment Program is a full scholarship program that provides academic, athletic and cultural opportunities to low-income students ages 6 to 18 from Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan and surrounding communities.

The New Canaan Community Foundation provides a way for all residents of New Canaan to engage in meaningful philanthropy. The organization connects interested residents to causes that matter to them and help them make an impact that is positive and lasting. NCCF is there to encourage, facilitate and manage community philanthropy.

“These New Canaan-based organizations are assisting young and old alike in dealing with day-to-day challenges,” said First County Bank Foundation Vice President Katherine Harris. “It is because of agencies like these that make living and working in New Canaan so rewarding. People care about helping their neighbors and that’s what our foundation is all about.”

Some additional information on the New Canaan-based organizations that received First County Bank Foundation grants this year is available on the First County Bank Foundation site at http://www.firstcountybank.com/press-releases/0.

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, the First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves. Through 2010, the foundation has been able to award 426 grants totaling more than $4 million to various community organizations.

To be eligible, organizations must have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be located in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport; have community support; address community needs; have measurable outcomes; and demonstrate fiscal and administrative responsibility. Special consideration is given to those agencies or programs benefiting low to moderate income populations.

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