Nonprofits Receive $126,700 in Spring Grants from the Northwest CT Community Foundation

The Northwest CT Community Foundation has awarded grants to 23 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $126,700 during its first grant cycle of 2022. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and November.

Noteworthy among the recent awards include:

  • $7,500 to Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Inc. to support a fund for artists to access Five Points workshops, facilities, and equipment free of charge

“The creation of an Artist’s Fund would allow artists, who could not otherwise afford it, access to the workshops, facilities and equipment at the Five Points Arts Center free of charge,” said Lynn Gelormino of Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Inc.

  • $6,000 to Hazon to support the distribution of fresh local produce to emergency food pantries

“Having a secure, subsidized outlet for our produce will compensate for our loss of wholesale accounts due to the pandemic, contributing significantly to the viability of our farm,” said Janna Siller of Hazon. “This project supports the local farm economy while increasing food security.”

  • $6,000 to KidsPlay Children's Museum to support repairs to the net slide and the addition of STEM concepts and visual arts in the Literacy Tree House

“The proposed project will stretch the learning potential of this world-class exhibit to explore STEM topics like botany, biology, and environmental science in this native forest setting,” said Eileen Marriott of KidsPlay Children's Museum.

The following is a comprehensive list of 2022 First Cycle Grants:

Audubon Connecticut - $1,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Bethlehem Ambulance Association - $1,500 to support replacement mattresses, restraint straps, and disposable sheets (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Community Kitchen of Torrington - $8,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Inc. - $7,500 to support a fund for artists to access Five Points workshops, facilities, and equipment free of charge (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals - $9,500 to support a one-time HIPAA security risk assessment and upgrade to ensure safety and confidentiality of all clients and client data (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Hazon - $6,000 to support the distribution of fresh local produce to emergency food pantries (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

KidsPlay Children's Museum - $6,000 to support repairs to the net slide and the addition of STEM concepts and visual arts in the Literacy Tree House (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Litchfield Performing Arts - $7,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $3,600 to support the purchase of two automatic external defibrillators for residential units (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Norfolk Foundation - $2,500 to support honoraria for authors/speakers for the 2022 Haystack Book Talks literary festival (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Northwest Conservation District - $3,000 to support agricultural education for children, teens, and parents at the Beardsley Memorial Library (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc. - $1,600 to support staff training in First Aid, CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc. - $11,150 to support Letters Are Characters, an eight-week literacy course for children and their families to reinforce and boost reading skills (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Operation Fuel - $5,000 to support energy grants to low- and moderate-income families struggling to pay utility and oil bills (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Reach Out and Read, Inc. - $5,000 to support the purchase of books for the Torrington Rx for Success program (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Read To Grow - $3,500 to support the Books For Kids mobile delivery program (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Rebuilding Together Litchfield County, Inc - $4,000 to support a critical roof replacement for a Litchfield resident served by the organization (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

School On the Green - $5,000 to support the creation of an outdoor classroom and renovations for the playground (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

The American Mural Project - $5,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Torrington Middle School - $5,350 to support the purchase of furniture for the media center Makerspace (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $4,000 to support the purchase of new non-fiction books for the Southwest School library to address the student achievement gap (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

UR Community Cares - $3,000 to support free, home-based assistance for low/moderate income seniors and physically disabled individuals (from the Karen M. O’Connor Fund)

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires - $7,500 to support behavioral and social determinant of health services for patients (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Washington Ambulance Association - $10,000 to support the purchase and renovation of a new facility to house ambulance operations (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

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