Community Foundation Awards More Than $84,400 in Summer Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $84,400 during its second grant cycle of 2016. The Community Foundation makes grants to local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

  • $7,000 to Danielle Mailer Gallery, LLC through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to support the final phase of work and installation of the Fish Tales mural in Torrington.

“The City’s revitalization efforts are only bolstered through this partnership, and the community benefits by being continuously exposed to high-quality art that will improve the perception of the City, foster pride, and educate the public about the creative economy for decades to come,” said Danielle Mailer.

  • $1,500 to Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to support the cost of literacy packets presented to all families of babies born at Sharon Hospital.

“This grant helps us to promote literacy and a lifelong love of reading,” said Robin Yuran, Co-Executive Director. “Recipients of our packet are encouraged to visit libraries, read to their children and help their children learn. Research shows that early literacy is vital for success. Being read to from the earliest time possible is the most effective way to attain a larger vocabulary, a predictor of success.”

  • $1,000 to Torrington Police Activities League - to support the cost of supplies for the Dress for Success Back to School Clothing/School Supply Event

“…the average family typically spends about $400-$600 a child in back to school supplies and clothes.  For the working poor, especially single parent families, this is a staggering cost to an already tight budget,” said Lindsay Raymond, Executive Director. “Many of the families tell us each year how this little thing-- making new underwear and socks available, providing book bags with supplies and the two bags of clothes were the little bit that helped their family get through the tough back to school time.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2016 Second Cycle Grants:

CAFTA (Connecticut Academy For The Arts) - $5,500 to support Summer Art Camp scholarships for low-income students in the Community Foundation’s service area (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Church of Christ, Norfolk - $5,000 to support repair and restoration of Tiffany stained glass windows in Battell Chapel (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Connecticut Council Philanthropy - $10,000, in two installments, to support the Working Cities Challenge (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Danielle Mailer Gallery, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council) - $7,000 to support the final phase of work and installation of the Fish Tales mural (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

FIRST Robotics Team NRG 4055 (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Regional 7 High School) - $5,400 to support the cost of parts and refurbishment for a milling machine and replacement drill press and band saw (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Goshen Community Care and Hospice - $2,000 to support the cost of two portable folding aluminum wheelchair ramps and two walkers with wheels and baskets (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Harwinton Public Library (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Harwinton) - $3,775 to support the purchase of a second A.W.E. Early Literacy station computer (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $1,500 to support the cost of literacy packets presented to all families of babies born at Sharon Hospital (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Little Red Schoolhouse Association of Winchester - $2,500 challenge grant to support the cost of roof replacement (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Norfolk Land Trust - $5,000 to support part of the acquisition costs of a 25-acre parcel on Hall Meadow Brook (from the Keroden Endowed Fund and the Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of the Eastern Star Fund)

Northwest CT YMCA - $1,500 to support the cost of Fit Together's 5-2-1-0 and farm-to-school program initiatives for grades K-5 in the Torrington Public Schools (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Partners For Sustainable Healthy Communities - $10,000 to support preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund; total grant $50,000 with $40,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund)

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - $5,000 to support the cost of healthcare services for low-income patients who qualify for Planned Parenthood's Torrington Fund for Access (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton, Inc. - $1,500 to support therapeutic riding lessons for children in the Community Foundation's service area (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

St. Francis Church - $1,500 to support the cost of plumbing valves and other plumbing parts in their community buildings (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Torrington Police Activities League - $1,000 to support the cost of supplies for the Dress for Success Back to School Clothing/School Supply Event (from the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Torrington Police Activities League - $1,500 to support the cost of summer camp for low-income, at-risk youth (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $4,800 to support the cost of shelving and other supplies to provide space for a Community Family Learning Center at KidsPlay Children’s Museum (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare (through the fiscal sponsorship of Warren Congregational Church) - $4,000 to support the cost of carpet replacement in the infant and toddler rooms (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Wellspring Foundation - $2,000 to support the cost of replacement furniture for the main reception area (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Women's Support Services - $1,500 to support the cost of a new computer server (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

YMCA Camp Mohawk - $2,500 to support camp scholarships for low-income girls in the Community Foundation’s service area (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.