Workforce and Economic Development Grants Awarded to Seven Nonprofits
31 January 2011

Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping local nonprofit agencies provide adult education and job training for Hartford’s workforce. Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $79,400 in workforce and economic development grants to seven local nonprofits.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford received $15,000 to meet the growing demand for technology-based instruction. The grant will help create a more expansive and intensive training program for volunteer instructors in Literacy Volunteers’ educational technology lab. The volunteers will teach students basic computer skills, how to search and apply for a job online, and how to search the internet for health, consumer, citizenship, educational and other resources.

Dress for Success Hartford will use a $12,000 grant to support its employment retention programs for women. The programs move women toward self-sufficiency and achieving professional goals by helping them acquire appropriate attire and by providing career guidance, educational resources and support. Dress for Success also provides a professional women’s group and a career center that emphasize workplace communication and culture, financial literacy, health and wellness and the written and unwritten rules found in the workplace.

A $10,000 grant to Hartford Public Library will allow the library to expand its adult education resources to include Graduate Equivalency Degree preparation and college math. The library will use a combination of proven strategies, including computer-assisted instruction, circulating self-study textbooks and media and flexible tutoring hours.

Other organizations receiving grants:

  • $12,400 to Knox Parks Foundation for the Americorps Green Crew program that provides green jobs training and life skills experience to Hartford youth.
  • $10,000 to Billings Forge Community Works for Job Training @ The Kitchen, a program that trains low-income individuals to work in fine dining establishments.
  • $10,000 to HART for the Home Ownership Made Easy (HOME) program, which provides financial education, information and support to low- and moderate-income families purchasing a home.
  • $10,000 to Jubilee House for the Esperanza Academic Center, where low- to moderate-income adults acquire writing, math, computer literacy, financial literacy and workplace training to succeed in college and the workplace.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $895,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2009. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed almost $20 million to local nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $150 billion as of September 30, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit


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