Community Foundation Announces Second-Cycle Grants

Monday, August 11, 2014

TORRINGTON, CT— The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut has made awards to 12 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $36,200 during its second grant cycle of 2014. The Foundation makes grants to local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

  • $2,100 to the Salvation Army of the Northwest Hills (Torrington) to support the Backpack Program, ensuring that all school-aged children have backpacks and school supplies to begin the school year in the Fall of 2014.
    (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund; the Torrington Club Fund)

“Not only will these children have the tools they need to focus on their school work, but they will experience an improvement in their self-confidence,” said Major Scott Harvey, Corps Officer, Salvation Army of the Northwest Hills.

  • $3,000 to Audubon Sharon to support the wildlife rehabilitation program by covering the cost of live insects and special formulas for very young and debilitated wildlife.
    (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund; Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund)

“Wildlife rehabilitation and stewardship is integral to our organizational mission to conserve and restore wildlife and wildlife habitats, and connect people to wildlife so that they in turn become good stewards of the natural world,” said Erin O’Connell, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Outreach Coordinator of Audubon Sharon.

“Nothing teaches compassion so well as helping a superbly equipped, strikingly beautiful, completely wild creature recover its ability to survive on its own.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2014 Second Cycle Grants:

Beardsley & Memorial Library––$2,500 to support a collaborative project with the Northwestern Connecticut Community Library to present “Laurel City Celebrates” (from Robert V. Carr Fund)

Bethlehem Elementary School––$1,500 to provide matching funds for the fundraising campaign to purchase a portable stage in the K-5 elementary school ((from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Falls Village Day Care Center––$5,000 to support the purchase of playground equipment for preschoolers who attend the daycare center (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

School on the Green––$1,800 to support the construction of a fence surrounding the outdoor playscape and to replace the swings (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare––$1,500 to improve building security (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Torrington Public Schools––$4,000 to support the expansion of the KIDSMARATHON program, a component of Fit Together, promoting health and nutrition to school children (from Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust––$3,800 to support a technology upgrade for the shared computer network and phone system (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

The Chore Service––$4,000 to support a consultant's fee to study the Alternative Business Model Project, benefitting The Chore Service, Litchfield Hills Chore Service, and Helping Hands Chore Service (from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund)

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau––$1,800 to support the summer internship program for students in the six towns of the Region One school district (from the Eva M. Coty Fund; John Brooks Fund)

Torrington PAL––$5,200 to support PAL's 4-week daycamp at Camp Layton Rose in Bantam for 60 children (from Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. 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 $80 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3.5 million.



Nicole Easley
Communications Director
Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut


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