Nonprofits Receive $106,850 in Spring Grants from the Northwest CT Community Foundation

The Northwest CT Community Foundation has awarded grants to 24 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $106,850 during its first grant cycle of 2021. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall. Additionally, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation contributed $20,250  towards several grants from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Noteworthy among the recent awards include:

  • $2,500 to Gifts of Love to support the Weekend Backpack Program for food insecure families from Torrington's elementary schools

“While these students receive meals during school, between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, they and their families can go hungry,” said Douglas Sacks of Gifts of Love. “This can cause health and cognitive difficulties. We want students to focus upon their studies, not worrying where their next meal will come from.”

  • $10,000 to Greenwoods Counseling Referrals to support one month of on-boarding expenses to expand counseling services in response to unmet demand precipitated by COVID-19

“As a result of COVID-19, ‘67% of communities have seen disruptions to counseling and psychotherapy.’” said Marisa Johnson of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals. “Yet the pandemic continues to increase the demand for mental health services: ‘Bereavement, isolation, loss of income, and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones.’”

  • $2,500 to Litchfield Performing Arts to support scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need attending Litchfield Jazz Camp

“Litchfield Jazz Camp offers two options: (1) A live, residential 2-week jazz camp with testing and COVID protocols to minimize risk,” said Tegan Ryan of Litchfield Performing Arts. “(2) For those not ready for in person camp, there is a 1-week virtual program.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2021 First Cycle Grants:

Bakerville Community Nursery School - $6,300 to support general operating expenses (from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund and the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Community Kitchen of Torrington - $5,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Friendly Hands Food Bank - $3,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Gifts of Love and Community Farm of Simsbury - $2,500 to support the Weekend Backpack Program for food insecure families from Torrington's elementary schools (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals - $10,000 to support one month of on-boarding expenses to expand counseling services in response to unmet demand precipitated by COVID-19 (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Hazon - $3,000 to support the distribution of fresh local produce to emergency food pantries (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund) with an additional $3,000 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $20,000 to support renovation and expansion of the library facilities including accessibility updates (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Housatonic Valley Association - $5,000 to support wages for two seasonal bilingual River Information & Outreach interns in 2021 (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund) with an additional $3,150 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Housatonic Child Care Center - $15,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund) with an additional $5,000 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $4,000 to support the creation of facilitated educational videos to complement telehealth counseling sessions (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund) with an additional $2,100 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Litchfield Community Center - $800 to support general operating expenses (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Litchfield Department of Social Services - $5,500 to support the cost of a refrigerator, freezer, shelving, and other equipment to establish a food pantry to address increased food insecurity (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Litchfield Performing Arts - $2,500 to support scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need attending Litchfield Jazz Camp (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $3,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund ) with an additional $1,500 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Music Mountain - $5,000 matching grant to support the purchase and installation of a new sound reinforcement, recording, and livestreaming system for Gordon Hall (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund) with an additional $3,500 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance - $2,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Norfolk Foundation - $1,500 to support honoraria for authors/speakers for the 2021 Haystack Book Talks literary festival (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

The Norfolk Land Trust - $1,300 to support equipment, labor, and cloud storage to digitize all land trust records (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Northwest Conservation District - $3,300 to support vegetable container gardening kits and workshops for 20 food insecure families served by Brooker Memorial (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council - $5,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund) with an additional $2,000 from the Northwest Corner Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Torrington Historical Society - $2,000 to support a new phone system to link all buildings on campus (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $1,500 to support the purchase of books and other materials for the Vogel-Wetmore Media Center to present diverse main characters and to present the issue of COVID in an age- and culturally- appropriate way (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Town of Barkhamsted - $3,150 to support the installation of an automatic door for the senior center (from the Douglas and Janet Roberts Fund)

Winchester Youth Service Bureau - $7,000 to support the Leaders in Training program at Rising Star Camp (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.