Nonprofits Awarded $86,525 in late June Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $86,525 during its second grant cycle of 2018. 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 include:

  • $1,500 to Healing Meals Community Project to support the purchase of organic produce from a local farmer and fund a wellness education program to educate local clients about healthy food choices and long-term health impacts

“Unhealthy eating habits, use of toxic pesticides in conventional agriculture, and lack of social relationships are major factors in the unprecedented health and mental health crises in the United States,” said Sarah Leathers, Founder and Executive Director, Healing Meals Community Project. “Healing Meals support of local organic farms along with its wellness education program addresses these factors through an integrated approach that combines hands-on learning, a soil-to-table environmental education and food systems curriculum, and leadership development for our youth.”

  • $5,725 to Susan B. Anthony Project to support the cost of a new electronic key card access security system for all shelter and transitional housing buildings

“A new system will result in cost and time savings for SBAP, which must change the locks manually and at great expense each time a resident inadvertently loses her key or moves out of the facility into permanent housing,” said Jeanne Fusco, Executive Director, Susan B. Anthony Project.

  • $3,000 to the Torrington Library to support the cost of preserving, framing and digitizing recently discovered historical documents in their collection

“There are few organizations in the Northwest Corner that house such a collection of Early American documents, especially with ties to the Founding Fathers,” said Jessica Gueniat, Library Director. “It is our hope that the documents will be available for the public to view not only at the library, but also digitally on the library website.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2018 Second Cycle Grants:

American Mural Project - $20,000 to support the development and launch of AMP educational programming for students, teachers and the general public (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

CAFTA - $5,000 to support the purchase of chairs for the multi-purpose community theatre and meeting space (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Community Kitchen of Torrington, Inc. - $2,500 to support the purchase of replacement kitchen equipment (from the Feliciano & Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Cornwall Conservation Trust, Inc. - $15,000 to support the purchase and preservation of 72 acres on Tarradiddle Mountain in West Cornwall (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

David M. Hunt Library & School Association - $3,600 to support replacement of existing light fixtures with energy efficient fixtures that qualify for financial assistance under the Eversource Energy Advantage program (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

EdAdvance - $3,700 to support the purchase of three tablets for parent educators to use during home visits, and upgraded hard drives for existing laptops (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Healing Meals Community Project - $1,500 to support the purchase of organic produce from a local farmer and fund a wellness education program to educate local clients about healthy food choices and long-term health impacts (from the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund and the Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund)

Kent Library Association - $1,500 to support the cost of publishing a planned giving brochure for prospective donors and library members (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Little Guild of Saint Francis - $4,800 to support the cost of spay and neuter vouchers for low-income clients attending a free dog vaccine clinic in Torrington (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $1,500 to support the Super Kids prevention program offered at Rising Star Camp (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Music Mountain - $10,000 to support the organization and its mission during a period of reorganization (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Northwest CT Chamber Education Foundation - $2,000 to support the cost of a publication to be issued in connection with the inaugural award celebration of 40 NW CT community leaders under age 40 (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Northwest Music Association - $1,500 to support program costs for the 2018 Baroque summer concert series (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - $5,000 to support the cost of healthcare services for low-income patients who qualify for Planned Parenthood's Torrington Fund for Access (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut - $1,500 to support the cost of a laptop, software and a digital camera (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Susan B. Anthony Project - $5,725 to support the cost of a new electronic key card access security system for all shelter and transitional housing buildings (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund and the Eva M. Coty Fund)

Torrington Library - $3,700 to support the cost of preserving, framing and digitizing recently discovered historical documents in their collection (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Torrington Police Department - $1,500 to support the cost of Narcan for the police force (from the Borghesi Family Fund and the Margaret C. Tupper Fund)

Town Of Colebrook - $6,000 to support the cost of replacement chairs for the Colebrook Senior and Community Center (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Trinity Episcopal Church Torrington - $5,000 to support the cost of replacement flooring (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare & Preschool - $4,000 to support the cost of fencing and blacktop repairs (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Wellspring Foundation - $1,500 to support the cost of an Automated External Defibrillator (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $100 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

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