RMHC CTMA is now in a formal capital campaign to raise funds to build a new, state of the art Ronald McDonald House of CT. We will suspend grant making until the conclusion of that campaign. Thanks to everyone for your interest and participation in the grants program.

In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT and Western MA is funding high impact projects that not only address local needs but also help families stay together and enhance children’s lives.

Since 1988, RMHC of CT and Western MA has provided more than $6 million to over 400 non-profit organizations, helping thousands of area children lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Listed below are some of the most recent grants that have been awarded.

Our grants and scholarships program helps us fulfill our mission of empowering and enabling children and families to lead more fulfilling lives. We partner with local, community based non-profits throughout CT and Western MA who have a similar mission of helping families stay together and children to thrive. They do their work in their communities. They know where the need is and our grant money helps extend their good works.

2015 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2015 Grant awardees. By partnering with local non-profits, we help to ensure children and families in CT and Western MA live healthier and happier lives.

  • Manchester Area Conference of Churches: Grab & Go Weekend Food Program, Manchester CT: $20,000
  • Plainville Food Panty: 2015 Back to School Program, Plainville:$6,600
  • Gifts Of Love: Weekend food backpack program, Avon CT: $8,126
  • Susan B Anthony Project: Rebuilding Lives Emergency Shelter- Torrington, CT: $11,894
  • Columbus House: Middlesex Family Shelter Children’s Supplies: New Haven, CT: $13,126
  • Center for Human Development: Assisting physically & developmentally challenged children: Springfield, MA: $21,599
  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield: Teen Lounge Renovation: $19,220
  • Adelbrook: Sensory & Adaptive items: Cromwell, CT: $17,424
  • Waterford Country School: Experiential/education Program: Quaker Hill, CT:$10,000
  • Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center: Sensory/therapeutic equipment: Old Mystic, CT: $6,503.59
  • Girls Inc of Holyoke: Elementary School programs: Holyoke MA: $13,127
  • Children’s Community School of Waterbury: Elementary school uniforms: Waterbury CT: $14,700
  • Horns for Kids: Instruments School program: Hamden, CT: $9,000
  • Epoch Arts: Computer enrichment program: East Hampton, CT: $1,679.52
  • Make A Wish:  Interim wish granting in CT: Trumbull, CT: $20,000
  • First Readers Association of Enfield: First readers program: Enfield, CT: $5,000
  • Focus Center for Autism – $15,023

Guidelines for Grant Requests

Funding Criteria:

RMHC CTMA wishes to fund programs that show the most impact on children and families.

RMHC CTMA will fund programs that fall within one of the following focus areas:

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Civic and social services

Additionally each project is required to have:

  • Explicitly defined goals and objectives
  • A sustained base of funding support
  • Impact on children/families with measurable results

Funding Exclusions:

Funding will not be granted for projects which are:

  • To be used for capital funding or building campaigns
  • Vehicles
  • Salaries, fees or stipends, travel, membership costs
  • Endowment campaigns, general administrative costs
  • Advertising, marketing or fundraising drives
  • Partisan, political, denominational programs, intermediary funding agencies, subsidiary organizations
  • Government-funded programs
  • Costs associated with providing day care services
  • Reimbursement for items previously purchased

Additional Parameters:

  • Funds must be utilized exactly as intended in proposal outline.  Any adjustment to expenditures must be submitted for approval in writing to be awarded a variance.
  • Organizations receiving RMHC grants will not be considered for funding in consecutive years.
  • Playground and outdoor play equipment requests are limited to a maximum request of $10,000 and funding for successful completion of the project must be in place (minus the amount requested).

Additionally, questions can be directed to Cathy Bignolas and Carole Bowman throughout the grant cycle via 203-773-6951 or via

Grants & Scholarships Advisory Board

Carole Bowman – President
Edward Abraham, Daniel Ashburn, Betty Bergstrom, Craig Carr, Kit Dennis, Marina Ghadimian, Laura Klein, Pattie McKnight, George Michell, Michael Pelletier, Kathryn Spero, Shirley Taradash, Bob Walsh