Cuno Foundation Awards Grants and Elects New Officers

          Molly Savard was elected Chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Cuno Foundation at the Annual Meeting held on January 16.  Savard replaces outgoing Chairman, Trey Bruce.  Chris Beale was elected Vice-Chairman for the 2024 year.    Other members include Natalie Cheerman, Kevin Curry, John Stanton and Eliot White.   Members are appointed for a seven year term.  Trudy Cotton serves as Secretary of the Cuno Foundation.

             $77,900 was awarded to twelve non-profit agencies with the largest grant of $21,600 going to the Girls Inc of Central CT.  Other recipients included Abilities Without Boundaries, AAUW, Birthright of Greater Meriden, Easterseals Greater Waterbury, Friends of the Meriden Public Library, In a Heartbeat, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc., Meriden Farmer’s Market, Social Sabby Sponsorships, Inc., The Renaissance Club and the Women and Families Center.

            The Distribution Committee also announced a $50,000 4-Year College Scholarship and a $50,000 Vocational School Scholarship to high school seniors planning to further their education.   These scholarships will be awarded in May 2024.  Applications were sent to Meriden and Wallingford high schools where students can pick up a scholarship application in the Guidance Department.   The deadline date for accepting applications is March 1, 2024.      

            The Cuno Foundation is again accepting grant applications for public, charitable or educational purposes.  Grants are usually made for specific, tangible items or capital expense requests that directly benefit the recipient.  The Cuno Foundation does not grant funds for salaries.  Applications are reviewed three times a year.  The next deadline date to submit an application is April 15, 2024.  Awards will be announced in May.   Preference is given to proposals submitted by tax-exempt, not for profit organizations located in the Meriden area.  

Non-profit organizations seeking to submit a grant for consideration should visit where they can create an account and submit their grant application via the website.  An agency can also create an account for the online grants system at any time outside of the application cycle.  Information regarding the application process can be found on the Cuno Foundation website or by sending an email to