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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation – $10,000 for foster programs and client services to Manchester residents.

Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell Corp. – $2,500 to upgrade the sound system.

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In her will, Ruddell set up a private foundation to aid organizations providing programs and services to Manchester residents and institutions working for the prevention of cruelty to animals. The foundations assets came to the Hartford Foundation in 2001. Since then, the fund has awarded 118 grants totaling about $738,000 to Manchester organizations.

Jesse Leavenworth has been a reporter and editor at The Courant since 1987. He currently covers Manchester and news of statewide interest. The New Britain native, a married ther of three, has worked on many of the major news stories in Connecticut over the past 24 years. He is interested in state and U.S. history, crime stories and escaped exotic animals.

Childrens Museum – $6,000 for food and veterinary care for the museums 75 wild and domesticated animals.

Manchester Area Conference of Churches – $8,000 to purchase and install a walk-in freezer for the food pantry.

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Manchester Scholarship Foundation – $5,000 for the Adult Learner Scholarship Program.

Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale – $1,500 for the final concert of the 2011 season.

Courant.com,eastern conn,Rebuilding Together of Manchester, which helps low-income and disabled homeowners with repairs and home improvements, received a $7,500 grant to buy building materials for its annual Rebuilding Day on Saturday, according to a press release.

Funding for the day-long community improvement project is one of 12 grants recently awarded by the H. Louise Ruddell Charitable Fund at the Hartford Foundation. The fund is named in honor of a lifelong town resident who died in 1983 at age 96.

YWCA Hartford Region – $5,000 to support the Manchester Teen Parent Development Program.

MARCH of Manchester – $3,500 for a program providing affordable therapeutic alternatives for school-aged children.

Town of Manchester &8211; $4,000 for the Security Deposit Assistance Program for the homeless.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents for the past 85 years, the release said. The foundation receives gifts from individuals and milies, and in 2010, awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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Eastern Connecticut Health Network – $10,000 for equipment for laboratory modernization at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Other 2011 grants, according to the release, include:

Community Child Guidance Clinic – $10,000 for staff training.

&8212; Another round of grants totalling $73,000 has gone out to local organizations from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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