2015 Women & Girls Funds Grants Announced

Friday, December 18, 2015

More than $150,000 in grants support programs to aid and empower women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut.

NEW LONDON, CT -- The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $150,000 in grants through its four Women & Girls Funds, which serve residents in the Northeast, Norwich, Southeast and Windham areas. 2015 grants support 30 nonprofit programs that empower women and girls to make positive decisions; promote healthy relationships and reduce domestic violence; advance family economic security; and help women enter/re-enter the workforce.

The Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund, which serves the towns of Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson and Woodstock, awarded $12,500 (a 25% increase over 2014) to five nonprofit organizations. 2015 grant awards include $3,325 to TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) for its Healthy Girls, Strong Women program to help high school and college age women develop critical skills in self-advocacy, self-defense, self-awareness, confidence and empowerment through martial arts workshops. View complete list of Northeast Area grantees.

In its seventh round of grants, the Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund, which serves the towns of Norwich, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague and Voluntown, awarded $17,250 to six nonprofit organizations. This year, awards were bolstered by an anonymous donor. 2015 grant awards include $5,000 to Safe Futures, Inc. for Norwich Crisis Intervention Services to support the Norwich walk-in office, including in-person crisis counseling to Norwich area victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. View complete list of Norwich Area grantees.

The Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund, which serves the towns of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford, awarded $98,475 to 18 organizations. The number of applications more than doubled over 2014. Grant awards include $16,625 to Visiting Nurses of SECT to provide free and subsidized home healthcare to elderly women in New London County. View complete list of Southeast Area grantees.

The Windham Area Women & Girls Fund, which serves the towns of Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Scotland, Stafford, Union, Willington and Windham/Willimantic, awarded $34,660 to 11 nonprofits. 2015 grant awards include $5,000 for Connecticut Legal Services for its Domestic Violence Legal Support Project, providing enhanced legal services to women who are victims of domestic violence, and their children. View complete list of Windham Area grantees.

"Each of the four Women & Girls Funds is a giving collective designed to empower women as donors and build an enduring endowment aimed at helping women and girls break through challenges so they may build brighter futures for themselves and their families," said Alison Woods, VP & COO of the Community Foundation.

Collectively, the four Women & Girls Funds have an endowment approaching $2.9 million and have awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants to more than 300 organizations. Learn more about the Women & Girls Funds at www.cfect.org/women+girls or donate to a fund by selecting it from the drop-down menu at www.cfect.org/donate.

For more information about these grants and other grant cycles, contact Jennifer O’Brien, program director, at jennob@cfect.org or by phone at 860-442-3572. A complete list of grants also is available at www.cfect.org/grants.



Jennifer O'Brien
Program Director
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Website: www.cfect.org

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