When you establish a Community Catalyst Fund, you are making a powerful statement about your philanthropy. These funds target a broad range of local needs — including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made.

Because Community Catalyst fund grants are awarded competitively, forever, they demonstrate a donor’s foresight and wisdom by empowering NCCF's nonprofit program experts to support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, cultural, educational, or environmental needs in our local community and beyond.

Grants are made in the name of your fund, creating an everlasting legacy of goodwill for you or your family.

Project Playground of the New Hartford PTO, a group of parent volunteers took on the challenge of providing two playgrounds for children of all abilities in New Hartford, including relocating and replacing outdated play equipment at New Hartford and Bakerville Elementary schools.

The project, which was delayed because of Covid-19 considerations, will provide a play structure for the more than 200 local students and children within the greater community.

"We are striving to create social interaction for children with all abilities by providing playgrounds designed to meet each child's individual needs," said Jessica Chicoski of Project Playground.

A recent grant from the Northwest CT Community Foundation Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund helped Project Playground get closer to their goals.

"Thank you for supporting Project Playground!," said Jessica Chicoski.