Columbus House Among Finalists in Liberty Bank $20,000 Grant Competition



Columbus House is among nine finalists, from an initial field of 82 entrants, competing for one of three $20,000 grants from Liberty Bank Foundation. Columbus House will be competing in the ‘affordable housing’ category against two other organizations: Capital for Change and the Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of CT’s ReStore.


“It’s not very often that we have the pleasure of making grants of this size,” said Liberty Bank President & CEO Chandler J. Howard. The three grants, totaling $60,000, will be awarded at the foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration on October 3. “Given the milestone in our history, we wanted to do something special for the communities we serve.”


“We have embarked on an innovative community collaboration which will provide permanent, affordable homes for our most vulnerable residents while enlightening younger generations to the issues surrounding homelessness. For 35 years, Columbus House has provided shelter, housing, meals and an array of services for those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, and has relied on support from myriad members of the community,” Alison Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Columbus House, commented. “We appreciate and have greatly benefited from the long-standing relationship between Columbus House, Liberty Bank, and the Liberty Bank Foundation, and are thankful for this opportunity to showcase our work and secure funding for this important endeavor.”


The winner in each category – affordable housing, basic needs, and education that leads to economic success – will be selected by public voting. The public is invited to go to beginning today to watch the finalists’ videos, which explain each agency’s project and how they would put the funds to work. The public is invited to vote from September 5 to 15 (up to once per day), for their favorite organization in each of the three categories.


Sue Murphy, Liberty Bank Foundation Executive Director, said, “Our goal with this competition was not only to fund some great ideas, but also to call attention to the wonderful work our nonprofit partners are doing in our communities.” She suggests that voters visiting the website take an extra minute to view videos from the 74 other agencies not making it to the finals. “Every one of these agencies deserves support. They’re all addressing critical needs for our most vulnerable neighbors.”


Finalists for the 20th anniversary grants in the other categories are:

Education for Economic Success:

  • Adelbrook
  • New Haven Works
  • Windham Regional Community Council

Basic Needs:

  • Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
  • Valley United Way
  • Windham Regional No Freeze Hospitality Center

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded over $10 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area since its inception. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas: education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing; and basic human needs, such as food and shelter. Along with its grantmaking, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues. 


Columbus House opened its doors in 1982 to provide shelter for homeless men and women. Serving close to 3,000 clients per year, many services and programs are designed specifically for Veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness, including: permanent supportive housing, benefit and employment services, financial assistance, rapid re-housing, social skills building, on-site case management, community connections, and recuperative care to those who are homeless and exiting the hospital. Columbus House provides not only shelter and housing assistance, we also provide services to help people move toward independence through innovative programs that meet the changing needs of the homeless population. For more information, please call 203-401-4400 ext. 150 or visit


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