The Katharine Matthies Foundation is administered by Bank of America, and you can find their website with application information at https://www.bankofamerica.com/philanthropic/grantmaking.action. Please re-set your bookmarks as this local site is no longer being maintained.
The Katharine Matthies Foundation is the legacy of Miss Katharine Matthies, a lifelong Seymour resident and benefactor. She was born August 26, 1903, the daughter of George E. Matthies and Annie Wooster Matthies. Members of her family were leading industrialists in Seymour throughout much of the past century. They played a major role in the economic development of the Town of Seymour.
Miss Matthies lived a very active life and had a wide range of interests. She collected books, stamps, coins, paintings, jewelry and Netsukes. Among her pursuits were photography, trout fishing and an enjoyment of the outdoors. She was very active in the national, state and local societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, she served for many years on the Seymour Board of Library Directors. She was involved with many community and charitable activities and supported many youth programs. Katharine Matthies was an extremely generous individual and benefactor of her community. The Foundation continues that spirit of philanthropy that marked her lifetime.
The Foundation, established in 1987 following the death of Miss Matthies, was left in trust in her estate to support programs that meet social and community needs. Foundation assets now total over $17,000,000. Since its creation, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $5.5 million to fund projects that serve the towns of Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Ansonia, Shelton and Derby.
Applications, which are accepted from tax exempt, non-profit organizations, are reviewed by a five member advisory committee made up of local residents who are active in many organizations and civic affairs. The committees recommendations are considered by Bank of America as Trustee and grants are awarded annually to qualified organizations.
The Katharine Matthies Foundation is pleased to be able to support the community by providing support for so many worthwhile programs.
To see the grants for 2003, click here.
For a listing of previous grants, click on the links below.
For more information, please call (860) 952-7405.
Katharine Matthies Foundation
Bank of America, Trustee
777 Main Street, CT2-102-22-02
Hartford, CT 06115
(860) 952-7405 or (860) 952-7403