MERIDEN — The Napier Foundation recently handed out $75,000 in grants to seven local non-profits, including Master’s Manna, Beat the Street, the Meriden Children First Initiative, and the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford.
Master’s Manna food pantry, clothing and meal center received $10,000 to pay its rent at 46 N. Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford , said Director Cheryl Trzcinski.
“We are ever so grateful to our collaborative partners,” Trzcinski said. “If we have funders at this level, it shows the community we are viable.”
Napier Foundation Trustee Susan Wass said the group was proud of its partnership with Master’s Manna and asked others to contribute to its current fundraising campaign.
The foundation also awarded $7,500 to Beat the Street of Meriden for its career exploration program. The program introduces participants to college and careers, offering employment training and resume writing services, said Beat the Street Executive Director Lawrence Pelletier.
“They’ve been very helpful to us in sustaining our programs,” Pelletier said.
Meriden Children First Initiative also received funding for its Family Zone, a multi-agency effort to help families in the downtown area.
“We’re thrilled to be an early and continued supporter of the Meriden Children First Initiative and a member of the zone’s advisory, leadership, and planning teams,” Waas said.
Other recipients include the Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut, My City Kitchen, and the Meriden Chapter of the Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America. The Napier Foundation doesn’t typically release the amount of awards to non-profits, according to administrator Daria Smith.
The Napier Foundation was founded in 1955 by the Napier Co.’s Board of Directors. After the sale of the Napier Co., the original trust agreement was amended to make the foundation a private independent Connecticut grant maker. As of 2011, the foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants.