Community Foundation Announces First-Cycle Grants

Torrington, CT— The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut has made awards to 15 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $81,357.00 during its first 
grant cycle of 2013. The Foundation makes grantsto local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall. 

Noteworthy among the recent include:

• a $2,500 grant to the Litchfield Community Center to support a sixweek session of after school arts programming in April and May of 2013 with ASAP!, a program that provides Connecticut children with opportunities to create, collaborate, and express themselves through exposure to and participation in the arts under the guidance of arts professionals.

“A six week session will provide students from Litchfield and Region 6 schools the opportunity to participate in a unique experiential creative arts program taught by arts professionals,” said Berta Andrulis Mette, Litchfield Community Center executive director. 

“Joining efforts with ASAP to bring a series of creative arts sessions to the Center has been a successful joint collaboration.”

• a $10,000 grant to the Torrington Historical Society to support the capital campaign to replace the roof on the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum.

“Restoration of the Hotchkiss-Fylerroof will enable the historical society to continue on its mission of building a sense of community and a foundation for the future through the preservation and understanding of our shared past,” said Mark McEachern, Torrington Historical Society executive director.

•  a $4,300 grant to the Litchfield Hills Chore Service to support direct service coordinator time and outreach expenses

“It is our goal to reach and support as many of our seniors as possible in each of our member towns,” said Sally Irwin, Litchfield County Chore Service coordinator.

“These funds will be critical in allowing the Litchfield County Chore Service the resources to continue to provide the support so necessary to allow our seniors to stay safely and independently in their own homes in the community.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2013 First Cycle Grants:

Falls Village Children's Theater Company––$4,000 to support the production of Peter Pan (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards - Bradley Foster Fund)

Litchfield Community Center––$2,500 to support a six-week session of after school arts programming with ASAP in April and May of 2013 (from theCarlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

NW CT Arts Council––$9,000 second year request to support infrastructure transitions (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards - Smith Barney Fund)

Torrington Community Radio Foundation––$3,000 match to support an equipment upgrade (from the Edwin M. Stone & Edith H. Stone Fund)

Torrington Historical Society––$10,000 to support the capital campaign to replace the roof on the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum (from the Edwin M. Stone & Edith H. Stone Fund)

Torrington Library––$825 to support the "I'll be Seeing You" series(from the John Brooks Fund)

Beardsley & Memorial Library––$2,900 to support a computer server upgrade (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards - Bradley Foster Fund)

New Hartford PTO––$5,000 to support the purchase of new playground equipment (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Regional School District #7––$3,000 to support the FIRST Robotics Team (from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

School on the Green––$900 to support the purchase of new tables and chairs (from the Fleet General Fund)

Southwest Elementary School––$1,932 to support the Mad Science Program at Southwest School (from the Feliciano & Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital––$6,700 to support the purchase of ten new wheelchairs (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Litchfield Land Trust––$1,400 match to support the printing and distribution of trail maps and brochures(from the CFNWCT General Fund )

Norfolk Curling Club––$10,000 to support the installation of an IceMat ice rink floor system (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards - Bradley Foster)

Survive the Drive––$1,400 to support program presentations and outreach in Northwest Connecticut (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards - Bradley Foster Fund)

YMCA Camp Mohawk––$5,000 to support camp scholarships(from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Cradle to Classroom––$5,000 to support hiring a grant writer(from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Education Connection––$2,500 matching grant to support the Family Resource Center at Vogel-Wetmore School (from theCarlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Litchfield Hills Chore Service––$4,300 to support direct service coordinatortime and outreach expenses (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Northwest CT YMCA––$2,000 to support the purchase of equipment for the childcare infant room (Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to nearly $70 million. Last year,    combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $2.2 million.

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