Cuno Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $39,860

 The Cuno Foundation once again aided local, non-profit organizations for requests ranging from  sheds, dehumidifiers, and kilns to summer camperships.   The largest single disbursement, $12,000, went to the John J. Nerden R.T.C Camp, Inc. for renovations on their property.  Chris Beale, Chairman of the Distribution Committee, commented, “The 52 year old shed/storage building was deemed unusable in its current condition by the State of Connecticut Youth Camp Division.  They had to house all their maintenance and recreation supplies and equipment in their changing rooms which limited the space available to campers to change into their swimsuits.  We are very happy to help them build a new storage shed.”

Other recipients included:  American Cancer Society, Relay for Life; Arts and Crafts Assn. of Meriden, dba Gallery 53; Council of Neighborhoods; Franciscan Life Center; Meriden Historical Society; Meriden YMCA for the Meriden Youth Summer Employment Program; and, Summer Campership for Meriden and Wallingford.

In addition to grants, the Cuno Foundation awarded fifteen new scholarships to high school students from Meriden and Wallingford totaling $60,000.  "These scholarships are renewable for four years towards their college education.  Currently 49 students are receiving scholarships totaling $203,000 a year," reported Beale.

            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 September 15, 2018.  Awards will be announced in October.   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.  Paper grant applications will no longer be accepted.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Trudy Cotton at