Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Announces Rapid Response Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has awarded $110,470 in Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits providing for basic needs in Northwest Connecticut.

As part of a comprehensive response to the effects of COVID-19 on the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, the Northwest Corner Gives: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund strengthens the safety nets in Northwest Connecticut communities* by awarding Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits that provide basic needs.

The Northwest Corner Gives: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is made possible by the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund, The Making Cents Fund, Nolin Selby Fund, and the Women & Girls Fund, through Melville Charitable Trust and through gifts from anonymous and discretionary Community Foundation funds, and through generous gifts from community members.

Rapid Response Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

AHA - AfterSchool Program - in support of childcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

ALS Association Connecticut Chapter - in support of respite/caregiving services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Amy's Angels Corporation - in support of assistance for individuals with a serious illness or injury in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Apex Community Care - in support of rent, utilities, food and medication in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Canaan Child Care Center - in support of childcare scholarships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Caring For Bethlehem - in support of food, infant supplies, fuel, and utilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Catholic Charities- Archdiocese of Hartford - in support of food and utilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Center Congregational Church - in support of childcare with meals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Kitchen - in support of food, to-go supplies, PPE, and bleach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Mental Health Affiliates - in support of supplies for families, technology, and client phones in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

CT Food Bank - in support of food and supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

CT Veterinary Medical Foundation - in support of veterinary care vouchers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Cornwall Child Center - in support of outstanding childcare tuition balances in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Cornwall Food and Fuel Fund - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Couch-Pipa VFW Post 6851 - in support of basic and essential needs for members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

EdAdvance - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Falls Village Senior Center - in support of basic and essential needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Family & Children's Aid - in support of food and gas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Family Business - in support of meals for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Family Strides - in support of transportation, rent, and utilities for clients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

First Congregational Church of Torrington - in support of pop up tents for CT Food Bank distributions and PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Fishes and Loaves - in support of food, PPE, cleaning and to-go supplies, and gas for volunteers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Friendly Hands Food Bank - in support of equipment for the weekend food program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Geer Village - in support of meals and support for staff without sufficient paid sick leave in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Gilbert School - in support of gift cards for food and medication in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals - in support of increased access to telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Habitat for Humanity NW CT - in support of an emergency fund for client property taxes and insurance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Hands of Grace - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Hazon - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Healing Meals Community Project - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Health Pathfinder - in support of health insurance access in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Helping Hands Chore Service - in support of PPE, hazard pay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - in support of basic and essential needs for home-bound seniors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Kent Affordable Housing - in support of rent and utilities for residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Litchfield Community Center - in support of food (perishable) and infant supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Litchfield County Family Child Care Network - in support of childcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Litchfield County 4-H Foundation - in support of to purchase milk for delivery to local food pantries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial - in support of Relatives as Parents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - in support of food and solar cell phone chargers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Mental Health Connecticut - in support of groceries, essential supplies, and pre-paid cell phones for clients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

New Opportunities - in support of rent assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Northwestern Connecticut YMCA - in support of childcare, food, PPE, and cleaning supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Oak Hill - in support of adaptive recreational activities and assistive technology for clients, PPE, cleaning supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Operation Overflow (fiscally sponsored by McCall Center For Behavioral Health)- in support of MREs for the unsheltered homeless in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Regional Hospice - in support of PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association - in support of PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Salvation Army - in support of rent and utility assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Salvation Army Winsted Regional Service Center - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Sharon Housing Authority - in support of resident rent and utilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

St. John Paul The Great Parish - in support of rent, utilities, food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Sullivan Senior Center - in support of transportation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Supportive Housing Works - in support of food for relocated homeless shelter residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Susan B. Anthony Project - in support of food, cleaning supplies, rent, copays, infant supplies, utilities, medication, and hoteling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Town of Warren Social Services - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center - in support of basic and essential needs for low-income mothers and children in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

United Church of Christ in Cornwall - in support of rent, heat, food, medication, and utilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires - in support of basic and medical needs for vulnerable and low-income residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation)

Washington Ambulance Association - in support of PPE and cleaning products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington Community Fund - in support of rent, utilities, and food for residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington Community Housing Trust - in support of rent assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Winsted Area Child Care Center - in support of food, rent, utilities, medication, and copays in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Winsted United Methodist Church - in support of food in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Nonprofits may apply for Rapid Response Grants on the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website, www.northwestcf.org

Donations may be made to the Northwest Corner Gives: Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund on the Community Foundation’s website: www.northwestcf.org

In the coming weeks, the Fund will enable support to a wider range of nonprofits in Northwest Connecticut, including those nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture, civic and education, the environment, and animal care and rescue.

*Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winsted.

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