Nonprofits Receive $207,000 in late Fall Grants

The Northwest CT Community Foundation has awarded grants to 36 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $207,000 during its third grant cycle of 2020. 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:

  • $6,500 to Falls Village Day Care Center to support the purchase of additional equipment to license an additional under-3 classroom to meet current demand

“Being licensed by the Office of Early Childhood we must meet certain criteria to ensure the safety of the children enrolled in our program,” said Ashley Allyn of Falls Village Day Care Center. “Finalizing the setup of our third classroom and allowing us to receive the additional tuition would allow the Center to remain financially viable and enable us to continue to serve the many families in our area.”

  • $2,500 to McCall Center for Behavioral Health for unrestricted operating support

“McCall now serves the entirety of western Connecticut,” said Shalyn Sheldon of McCall Center for Behavioral Health. “The area served is largely rural with a scarcity of services and considerable barriers to treatment. Our services target vulnerable populations such as homeless individuals, veterans, pregnant women, mothers of young children, and individuals requiring medication-assisted treatment.”

  • $2,500 to Project Playground New Hartford to support the replacement of two playgrounds

“Our goal is to provide a safe and engaging playground where all kids feel included,” said Jessica Chicoski of Project Playground. “More importantly, we will be able to provide equipment that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so we are meeting the needs of our student population. Further, we endeavor to create an opportunity where we can encourage children to be outdoors, engage with other children, and be safe while doing so.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2020 Third Cycle Grants:

AHA - AfterSchool Program - $5,000 to support staff costs, snacks and supplies for students (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund and Betsy Krebs through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter - $1,500 to support the increased cost of disaster services and direct financial assistance due to COVID-19 (from the Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund, the John Brooks Fund, and the Bank of Boston Fund)

Bethlehem Ambulance Association, Inc. - $1,650 to support the purchase of an automated blood pressure machine with oxygen/pulse device and forehead scan temperature monitor (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund and the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Canaan Child Care Center, Inc. -$5,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Canaan Fire Company - $2,500 to support the purchase of replacement hose equipment (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund, the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund, and The Echo Valley Foundation Fund)

Chore Service, Inc. - $2,400 to support the cost of pre-service health screenings for Chore Workers and clients at the time of service delivery (from the Marion Isabell Coe Fund, Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund, Torrington Club Fund, and The Echo Valley Foundation Fund)

Civic Life Project - $7,500 to support a digital storytelling program for middle school students centered on the effects of COVID-19 in local communities (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Community Kitchen of Torrington - $4,250 for unrestricted operating support (from the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief, and the Milewski and Masisak Families Fund)

Connecticut Association for Human Services - $2,000 to support and expand the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund and the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Connecticut Democracy Center - $3,000 to support the Torrington Region Connecticut History Day Contest (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities - $2,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Robert V. Carr Fund and the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Falls Village Day Care Center - $6,500 to support the purchase of additional equipment to license an additional under-3 classroom to meet current demand (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edward Fund and The Echo Valley Foundation Fund)

Family & Children's Aid, Inc. - $3,000 to support the Torrington In-Home Intensive Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services program for clients with severe behavioral health issues (from the Borghesi Family Fund, the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund, and the Roberta Lee August Fund)

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut - $1,250 to support the cost of a mandated sprinkler pressure test (from the Fleet General Fund, the Torrington Savings Bank Fund, and the Torrington Savings Fund)

Five Points Gallery - $4,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Food Rescue US - $2,500 for unrestricted operating support (from the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc. - $1,700 to support the purchase of a van (from Betsy Krebs through Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Helping Hands Chore Service - $2,000 to support medical transportation for seniors and to replenish PPE (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund and the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $5,000 to support the purchase of online software/technology for secure and confidential counseling and group sessions (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund and The Echo Valley Foundation Fund)

KidsPlay Children's Museum - $5,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

LARC, Inc. - $5,000 to support the purchase of an online group training system to remain compliant with Department of Social Services requirements (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund and Betsy Krebs through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Litchfield Community Center, Inc. - $5,000 to support the purchase of a commercial grade dual refrigerator/freezer (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Little Guild of Saint Francis - $3,000 to support the cost of HEPA air purifiers for the enclosed cat adoption rooms and the lobby/office area (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $2,500 for unrestricted operating support (from the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

New Opportunities Inc. - $5,000 to support the cost of grocery cards to address increasing food insecurity (to be administered out of the Torrington office) (from the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Northwest Connecticut YMCA - $10,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities - $3,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Eva M. Coty Fund and the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Prime Time House - $5,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund and the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Project Playground New Hartford - $2,500 to support the replacement of two playgrounds (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

St. Paul's Hilltop Christian Early Learning Center - $5,250 for unrestricted operating support (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund and the Milewski and Masisak Families Fund)

Susan B. Anthony Project - $5,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Robert R. Rosenheim Foundation through the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund for COVID-19 relief)

Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau - $4,000 to support the purchase and installation of three laptops and docking stations (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Warner Theatre - $75,000 over three years for unrestricted operating support (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Winchester Youth Service Bureau - $5,000 for unrestricted operating support (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Winsted Senior Center and Senior Enrichment Program - $1,500 to support the cost of continuing free fitness classes via Zoom (from the Brooks Bank Fund, the Roberta Lee August Fund, and the First National Bank of Litchfield Fund)

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center - $2,500 for unrestricted operating support (from the Torrington Club Fund, the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund, and the Brooks Bank Fund)

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