Nonprofits Receive $92,450 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 27 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $92,450 during its first grant cycle of 2017. 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:
- $5,000 to Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund to support increased access to free bilingual legal services for low-to-moderate income and marginalized residents in the Community Foundation’s service area
“Without CWEALF’s unique services, many residents would be left to navigate the legal system on their own,” said Kate C. Farrar, executive director.
“A high percentage of clients who call us from the Northwestern area are low-income women with concerns regarding divorce, child support, sexual harassment at work, employment discrimination, housing, immigration, and domestic violence.
“The ability to understand and pursue rights and follow a concrete path to resolve their issues can be the difference between poverty and economic stability.”
- $1,400 to David M. Hunt Library to support he construction and maintenance of a Little Free Library in Falls Village
“Promoting literacy; cultivating a ‘sharing culture’, one where money is not needed to access informational and educational resources; and fostering community relationships are all central to the goals of both the Hunt Library and the Little Free Library movement,” said Meg Sher, assistant director.
- $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. to support the Brush with Kindness program which provides free interior and exterior painting services
“The goal is to create a new program to aid our local communities' less fortunate residents in maintaining the interior and exterior of their homes from a paint perspective, and to provide volunteer opportunities for the multitude of eager (but perhaps less skilled in construction) individuals who are always offering their services,” said Bob Whelan, executive director.
The following is a comprehensive list of 2017 First Cycle Grants:
After School Arts Program, Inc. - $2,625 to support round-trip transportation for 36 at-risk Torrington-based students attending ASAP!’s 2-week summer arts programs (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) - $5,000.00 challenge grant to support replacement of the flooring in the multi-purpose community room/theatre (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)
Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund - $5,000.00 to support increased access to free bilingual legal services for low-to-moderate income and marginalized residents in the Community Foundation’s service area (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)
Cornwall Historical Society - $2,100.00 to support printing, copying, supplies and promotional costs for an exhibit exploring the history of industry in Cornwall and surrounding communities (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)
Cornwall Historical Society - $1,800.00 to support speaker fees for a colloquium and exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)
David M. Hunt Library - $1,500.00 to support the design and implementation of a new website (from the Robert V.Carr Fund)
David M. Hunt Library - $1,400.00 to support the construction and maintenance of a Little Free Library in Falls Village (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)
EdAdvance - $5,400.00 to support the purchase of 20 iPads with case and stylus for the School Fuel program for 20 low-to-moderate income families with approximately 60 children who attend Torringford and Vogel-Wetmore Schools in Torrington (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Family Strides, Inc. - $7,200.00 to support a pilot program in Torrington for the One Key Question initiative, a collaboration addressing pre-conception reproductive health in order to improve birth outcomes (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Food Rescue US - $5,000.00 to support the launch of Food Rescue US in Northwest CT, an innovative platform for food rescue and delivery to organizations serving the food-insecure population (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Goshen Historical Society, Inc. - $5,300.00 to support ceiling repairs and insulation (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)
Goshen Players - $2,500.00 to support replacement of the front walkway (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. - $1,500.00 to support the Brush with Kindness program which provides free interior and exterior painting services (from the General Fund)
Harwinton Ambulance Association, Inc. - $1,660.00 to support the purchase of two scoop stretchers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)
Harwinton Land Trust - $1,480.00 to support the purchase of plants for several land trust properties to provide shoreline stabilization, reforestation, and visual buffers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)
Helping Hands Chore Service - $1,500.00 to support the cost of transportation services to medical appointments and outpatient facilities for seniors (from the John Brooks Fund and the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $1,000.00 to support professional development training for local mental health care providers (from the Brooks Bank Fund)
Kent Historical Society - $1,500.00 to support the printing of maps and storyboards as part of an exhibit about the founding of the town of Kent (from the Fleet General Fund and the Marion Isabell Coe Fund)
KidsPlay Children’s Museum - $10,000.00 to support additional video monitoring equipment to cover the expanded exhibit and programming space (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Norfolk Land Trust - $920.00 to support the purchase of two iPads and a card reader to take on site donations and help with property monitoring (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)
School on the Green - $1,200.00 to support the purchase of block sets to incorporate more structured block play into the preschool curriculum (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Steep Rock Association - $1,500.00 to support the creation and operation of a M.A.P.S. bird banding station in the Shepaug Forest Block Important Bird Area, in collaboration with Audubon Sharon (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc. - $1,000.00 to support the cost of childcare and translators to remove barriers for participants in the Parent Project, a free 10-week program provided through DCF to assist parents and teenagers experiencing high levels of conflict (from the Torrington Club Fund)
Torrington Historical Society - $7,000.00 to support the cost of curved window-glass replacement and painting as part of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum Bedroom Restoration project (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)
Torrington Public Schools - $1,665.00 to support the project coordinator, construction of the finish line and booklets for the KidsMarathon Final Mile culminating event at Torrington High School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Trout Unlimited, Inc. - $1,900.00 to support planning and implementation of the Salmon Creek Watershed Festival (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Winchester Land Trust - $6,500.00 to support the demolition of a building on TorWin Farm property (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc. - $3,300.00 to support the purchase of 10 iPad Minis with cases and 4 iTunes cards to acquire educational applications for the Before and After School program (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)
Winsted Senior Center (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Winchester) - $4,000.00 to support the replacement of 50 chairs in the Senior Center (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)
Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.