Nonprofits Receive $171,495 in Spring/Summer Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 46 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $171,495 during its spring and summer discretionary grant cycles.   The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

  • $1,500 to Healing Meals Community Project to support the cost of providing 100% organic meals for 12 weeks at no cost to families in the Foundation’s service area experiencing a health crisis

“Healing Meals also aims to teach clients that nutritious, whole foods can be a foundation for their healing,” said Sarah Leathers, executive director. “The meals are prepared by youth volunteer chefs (ages 14-24) who are learning leadership skills, job readiness skills, nutrition and wellness education and the joy of supporting their community.”

  • $4,000 to Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to support the creation of CultureConnectNWCT, a pre-packaged webpage that will be distributed to towns within the CF's service area to facilitate real time updates about cultural offerings

“CultureConnectNWCT aims to engage, at first 5, and eventually all 25 towns within its service area in utilizing arts and culture to play an ongoing role in communities,” said Amy Wynn, executive director. “This program will also nurture stronger relationships between the municipalities and NCAC through promotion, scholarships, public projects, and enrichment programs.”

  • $6,000 to RC Productions, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals) to support the cost of sound design and a music score for “Recovering Community,” a film exploring the roots of drug and alcohol addiction and how communities can play a role in providing lasting solutions

“By offering viewers a unique window into the hardships and triumphs of these marginalized, misunderstood, and stigmatized members of society we aim to highlight the fact that addiction can be understood as a reaction to pain and is best addressed with understanding, compassion, and access to proper treatment,” said Tory Jadow, co-producer, RC Productions

The following is a comprehensive list of 2017 Spring and Summer Cycle Grants:

After School Arts Program, Inc. - $2,625 to support round-trip transportation for 36 at-risk Torrington-based students attending ASAP!’s 2-week summer arts programs (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Chore Service - $4,500 to support the purchase of BidPal for fundraising (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

CAFTA Connecticut Academy For The Arts - $4,500 to support Summer Art Camp scholarships for low-income students (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

CAFTA Connecticut Academy For The Arts - $5,000 challenge grant to support replacement of the flooring in the multi-purpose community room/theatre (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund - $5,000 to support increased access to free bilingual legal services for low-to-moderate income and marginalized residents in the Community Foundation’s service area (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Cornwall Conservation Trust, Inc. - $2,775 to support the cost of summer interns to assist with stewardship activities for one week (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Cornwall Historical Society - $2,100 to support printing, copying, supplies and promotional costs for an exhibit exploring the history of industry in Cornwall and surrounding communities (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)

EdAdvance - $5,400 to support the purchase of 20 iPads with case and stylus for the School Fuel program for 20 low-to-moderate income families with approximately 60 children who attend Torringford and Vogel-Wetmore Schools in Torrington (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Harwinton Historical Society - $1,200 to support speaker fees for seven free programs that are open to the public (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Cornwall Historical Society - $1,800 to support speaker fees for a colloquium and exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)

David M. Hunt Library - $1,500 to support the design and implementation of a new website (from the Robert V.Carr Fund)

David M. Hunt Library - $1,400 to support the construction and maintenance of a Little Free Library in Falls Village (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Family Strides, Inc. - $7,200 to support a pilot program in Torrington for the One Key Question initiative, a collaboration addressing pre-conception reproductive health in order to improve birth outcomes (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Food Rescue US - $5,000 to support the launch of Food Rescue US in Northwest CT, an innovative platform for food rescue and delivery to organizations serving the food-insecure population (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Goshen Historical Society, Inc. - $5,300 to support ceiling repairs and insulation (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Goshen Players - $2,500 to support replacement of the front walkway (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Harwinton Land Conservation Trust - $2,070 challenge grant to support the cost of repaving and expanding the driveway and parking access to Bull Pond Preserve (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Harwinton Land Conservation Trust - $1,480 to support the purchase of plants for several land trust properties to provide shoreline stabilization, reforestation, and visual buffers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. - $1,500 to support the Brush with Kindness program which provides free interior and exterior painting services (from the General Fund)

Harwinton Ambulance Association, Inc. - $1,660 to support the purchase of two scoop stretchers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Helping Hands Chore Service - $1,500 to support the cost of transportation services to medical appointments and outpatient facilities for seniors (from the John Brooks Fund and the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Healing Meals Community Project - $1,500 to support the cost of providing 100% organic meals for 12 weeks at no cost to families in the Foundation’s service area experiencing a health crisis (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $2,000 to support program costs for two presentations about the Great Migration to Region One High School students and the general public by Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $1,000 to support professional development training for local mental health care providers (from the Brooks Bank Fund)

Kent Historical Society - $1,500 to support the printing of maps and storyboards as part of an exhibit about the founding of the town of Kent (from the Fleet General Fund and the Marion Isabell Coe Fund)

KidsPlay Children’s Museum - $10,000 to support additional video monitoring equipment to cover the expanded exhibit and programming space (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Little Guild of Saint Francis - $1,500 to support a no-cost public vaccine clinic for dogs (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $1,500 to support the Girls' Circle group program for students at Shepaug Valley School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance - $1,500 to support the cost of three AEDs (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Norfolk Historical Society - $1,500 to support the cost of digitizing the Marie Kendall photography archives which will allow for open public access to the entire collection and form the basis of a collaborative local history curriculum in process with Botelle School in Norfolk (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Norfolk Land Trust - $920.00 to support the purchase of two iPads and a card reader to take on site donations and help with property monitoring (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council - $4,000 to support the creation of CultureConnectNWCT, a pre-packaged webpage that will be distributed to towns within the CF's service area to facilitate real time updates about cultural offerings (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Northwest Music Association - $1,500 to support program costs for the 2017 Baroque summer concert series (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College - $6,000 start-up grant to support the on-campus food pantry and student emergency fund to provide assistance to food insecure students and students facing emergency needs (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities - $7,500 to support the cost of a walk-in cooler and water purifier for the Northwest Connecticut Regional Food Hub (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Prime Time House - $9,000 to support a matching grant awarded for the purchase of a used minivan to transport clients (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund and the Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund)

RC Productions, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals) - $6,000 to support the cost of sound design and a music score for “Recovering Community,” a film exploring the roots of drug and alcohol addiction and how communities can play a role in providing lasting solutions (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Salisbury Sinfonietta - $2,000 to support program costs for an arts education program at Salisbury Central School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

School on the Green - $1,200 to support the purchase of block sets to incorporate more structured block play into the preschool curriculum (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Steep Rock Association - $1,500 to support the creation and operation of a M.A.P.S. bird banding station in the Shepaug Forest Block Important Bird Area, in collaboration with Audubon Sharon (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Susan B. Anthony Project - $6,500 to support upgraded security and phone systems for the Water Street location (from the Eva M. Coty Fund and the Borghesi Family Fund)

Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc. - $1,000 to support the cost of childcare and translators to remove barriers for participants in the Parent Project, a free 10-week program provided through DCF to assist parents and teenagers experiencing high levels of conflict (from the Torrington Club Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $1,665 to support the project coordinator, construction of the finish line and booklets for the KidsMarathon Final Mile culminating event at Torrington High School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Torrington Historical Society - $7,000 to support the cost of curved window-glass replacement and painting as part of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum Bedroom Restoration project (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Trout Unlimited, Inc. - $1,900 to support planning and implementation of the Salmon Creek Watershed Festival (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 replacing carpet in the school's hallway and entrance (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Winchester Land Trust - $6,500 to support the demolition of a building on TorWin Farm property (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc. - $3,300 to support the purchase of 10 iPad Minis with cases and 4 iTunes cards to acquire educational applications for the Before and After School program (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Winsted Senior Center (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Winchester) - $4,000 to support the replacement of 50 chairs in the Senior Center (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Working Lands Alliance (through the fiscal sponsorship of American Farmland Trust) - $8,000 to support the cost of the Farmland Protection Circuit Rider program which provides direct outreach and assistance to land trusts and municipalities to ensure farmland parcels are protected and productive (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

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