Nonprofits Receive $133,050 in late June Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 26 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $133,050 during its second grant cycle of 2019. 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 awards include:

  • $7,500 to The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library to support the cost of supplies and the facilitator’s fee for a six-week summer computer app coding program for children ages 6-12

“The objective for "Bits & Bots & Coding at the Beekley" is to lay the groundwork at The Beekley Library for children in the community to be exposed and motivated at a young age to code and have a blast doing it,” said Nicole C. Misko, Children and Teen Librarian of The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library.

  • $2,500 to Institute for American Indian Studies to support the cost of exhibit upgrades and expansion to more accurately reflect Native American life

“We recognize that our responsibility is to represent the true diversity of Northeast Native people, both so that they can take pride in their unique heritage, but also so that the predominantly white culture can have a richer understanding of what it means to be Native.,” said Sarah Griswold of Institute for American Indian Studies.

  • $1,500 to McCall Center for Behavioral Health to support the cost of therapeutic riding services for veterans

“The overall goal of the proposed program is to offer a unique therapeutic service to local veterans in order to better meet their needs,” said Glenn Ryan of McCall Center for Behavioral Health. “Through offering therapeutic riding to this population, we hope to better engage the participants in services and support them in improving important protective factors for improved mental health.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2019 Second Cycle Grants:

The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library - $7,500 to support the cost of supplies and the facilitator’s fee for a six-week summer computer app coding program for children ages 6-12 (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Chore Service, Inc. - $2,200 to support the cost of new materials for a pilot program to increase donor revenue (from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund)

Civic Life Project - $10,000 matching grant to support the cost of program expansion to all Region 1 middle schools for the 2019-2020 school year (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Friends of Goshen Public Library - $900 to support the cost of a three-part presentation on Women in History (from the Feliciano & Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals - $8,000 to support the cost of 200 session subsidies for psychotherapeutic counseling for women (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Heartspace LLC - $3,850 to support trauma-release yoga classes for low income women currently in treatment at McCall Center’s Hanson (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Heritage Land Preservation Trust, Inc. - $4,000 to support the cost of safety railings at Coe Dam (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $3,500 to support the cost of a fundraising feasibility study (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Housatonic Child Care Center - $4,800 to support reaccreditation fees and the purchase of shelving and furniture for the toddler rooms (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Institute for American Indian Studies - $2,500 to support the cost of exhibit upgrades and expansion to more accurately reflect Native American life (from the Borghesi Family Fund and the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Joyful Noise, Inc. - $3,000 to support post-production costs of a CD of works written for Chorus Angelicus, which will be sold to the public (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Kitty Quarters, Inc. - $3,000 matching grant to support the cost of roof (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund and the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Laurel Riders 4-H Club ( fiscal sponsor CT 4-H Foundation, Inc.) - $500 to support the cost of workbooks and textbooks to help club members prepare for academic state. (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Litchfield County Choral Union - $2,500 to support the cost of an orchestra to accompany the 2019 concert performance (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding - $1,500 to subsidize one full session of therapeutic riding lessons for three riders from the Community Foundation’s service area (from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $1,500 to support the cost of therapeutic riding services for veterans (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council - $9,500 to support the cost of a strategic plan (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College - $6,000 to support the Student Emergency Fund (from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory for the Arts - $30,000 to support the cost of new sets for The Nutcracker (from the Eva M. Coty Fund and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Old Bethlem Historical Society Inc. - $3,150 to support the cost of removing and replacing a walkway (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Regional School District #10 - $2,750 to support the cost of tools for a start-up FIRST robotics team at Regional School District #10 middle and high school (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Trinity Episcopal Church - $4,500 to support the cost of replacing the roll-up door that separates the soup kitchen from a community meeting space (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Warren Land Trust - $1,000 to support the cost of the 30th Anniversary Picnic (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Warren Public Library - $7,000 to support the cost of ADA compliant renovations (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Winsted Senior Center and Senior Enrichment Program - $2,900 to support the cost of three iPads for the No Senior Left Behind program (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Women’s Support Services - $7,000 to support the cost of a strategic plan (from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

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