Connecticut Community Foundation Awards Nearly $340,000 to Area Nonprofits During Final Round of 2015 Grants

Friday, December 18, 2015

WATERBURY, CT — Connecticut Community Foundation awarded nearly $340,000 to area nonprofits during its most recent competitive grants round for program support, arts and youth, leadership initiatives, literacy, nonprofit assistance, older adult services, health and travel.

In addition, the Foundation recently awarded over $18,000 in sponsorship grants.  These grants were given to 15 nonprofits to support public events in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills hosted by nonprofit organizations.

In 2015, Connecticut Community Foundation distributed a total of nearly $4 million in grants and scholarships to area nonprofits and students. Grant and scholarship awards come from donor-established funds and the annual Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills online giving event held in May.

For a detailed listing of 2015 recipients of competitive grants, visit http://www.conncf.org/nonprofits/our-grants/2015-grants/. For a detailed listing of recent sponsorship recipients, please visit www.conncf.org/recent-sponsorships.  And for more information about the grants process, please visit www.conncf.org, or contact 203-753-1315, grants@conncf.org.

Current Grant Recipients

Environment Grants - 8

  • Audubon Center, Bent of the River: School Yard Habitat Program - $9,998 to implement a healthy schoolyard habitat and environmental education program at the Children’s Community School in Waterbury.
  • Bethlehem Land Trust: Mapping for Accreditation - $1,200 to support upgraded technology needed for digital mapping, in preparation for Bethlehem Land Trust’s accreditation process.
  • Connecticut Land Conservation Council: Land Trust Challenge Fund Grant Program - $5,000 to build the long-term strength and effectiveness of land trusts and to advance their efforts to implement Land Trust Standards & Practices, the guide for legal and ethical performances by land trusts.
  • Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway: Community Greenway Construction - $4,858 to fund the start of the 2nd phase of the Litchfield Greenway.
  • Housatonic Valley Association: Housatonic River Adventure & Source to Sound Paddle Trip - $8,000 to support a major public education project to raise awareness of the plight of our rivers and the role that everyone - communities, individuals and businesses - can play in restoring river health.
  • Railroad Museum of New England: The Great Naugatuck River Cleanup - $5,275 for a collaborative project to remove approximately 1,000 used tires, shopping carts and other debris that have been discarded along the banks of the Naugatuck River and within sight of the Naugatuck Railroad tracks.  
  • Rivers Alliance: Climate Change and Sustainability Conference (“Global Climate, Local Effects”) - $8,000 to convene a 2016 conference on the anticipated effects of climate change on water resources and water-management needs in our region.  
  • Steep Rock Association: Judea Garden Summer Internship Program - $4,500 to support two interns at Judea Garden, whowill learn the basics of organic gardening and help to meet food needs in their communities.

LitLinks Grants - 4

  • Catholic Charities: Strengthening Families - $17,324 to support the implementation of a dual generational program at their South Main Street Center.
  • KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Inc.: Literacy Based Programs - $6,970 to expand the number of literacy based programs and events offered at the museum and in conjunction with local school districts.
  • New Milford Public Schools: Pre-K/Kindergarten Transition - $4,101  to continue support for the Early Childhood Collaborative, which includes professional development for collaborative members, community workshops on literacy, and access to individualized coaching at community programs.
  • United Way of Western Connecticut: Imagination Library - $2,500 to continue funding for New Milford children from birth through age 5, to participate in the program, which delivers books monthly.

Organizational Development Grants - 7

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury: Strategic Plan - $15,000 to fund a consultant who will assist in developing a new strategic plan.
  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury: Strategic Plan - $8,500 to fund a consultant who will assist in developing a new strategic plan.
  • Mattatuck Historical Society (Museum): Website Redesign and Upgrade - $8,500 for vendor/consultant to redesign website to add functionality for upgrading security, conversions for viewing on mobile devices, displaying exhibitions and items from collections, linking donor database to website, and allowing staff updating.
  • Phoenix Stage Company: Computer System Development - $2,000 to purchase computers and create network.
  • Robotics and Beyond: Financial System Analysis and Fund Development - $6,115 to support stage 1 of a 2-year 3 stage plan designed to strengthen administrative aspects of the nonprofit.
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: Technology Upgrade - $3,000 to purchase hardware, software and training to create a new network with a central server.
  • Wellmore, Inc.: Hardware Upgrade for Electronic Health Record System - $5,000 to purchase hardware for a new physical server to add to the current system to better accommodate increased demand.

Pathways for Older Adults Grants - 14

  • Cheshire Human Services Department, Senior Services Division: My Senior Center Software - $5,340 to fund 50% of the cost of software with touchscreen computer to support a full range of senior center functions including registration, scheduling, member communication, emergency contacts, data collection and report generation.
  • Falls Avenue Senior Center, Watertown: Dance for the Fun of It…Dance for the Health of It - $2,340 to support weekly dance exercise classes offered by CT Dance Theater to enhance posture, movement flow, balance and energy. Naugatuck Senior Center will also provide this program weekly and seniors can attend both classes.
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury: We All Have a Story to Tell (Year 2) – Food, Family and Traditions - $1,500 to support memoir project in which volunteers work with seniors at BRASS sites to record their stories.
  • Naugatuck Senior Center: Dance for the Fun of It…Dance for the Health of It - $2,340 to support weekly dance exercise classes offered by CT Dance Theater to enhance posture, movement flow, balance and energy.
  • New Milford VNA & Hospice: Hospice Volunteer Training and Support - $1,000 to support hospice volunteer training as agency tries to increase number of volunteers to meet needs of expanded service region.
  • New Opportunities: Chef on Site - $6,500 to continue providing healthy, restaurant quality lunches two days per week at Southbury, Woodbury and Middlebury Senior Centers.
  • New Opportunities: Hospital to Home Meals - $3,000 to support pilot project providing home-delivered meals and in-home nutritional counseling to patients being discharged who are at risk of readmission.
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UConn, Waterbury: Greening of Waterbury – From Planting to Harvest (Year 2) - $3,000 to fund planting materials and supplies for older adult community service project to cultivate, harvest and distribute food to soup kitchens and food pantries.
  • Pilobolus, Inc.: Connecting with Balance - $7,500 to continue and expand movement and dance program for older adults that enhances balance, strength, connection with others and creative self-expression.
  • Pomperaug District Department of Health: Balance - $19,046 to expand delivery of evidence-based healthy aging programs in the district and beyond. Recruits, trains and mentors coaches for Matter of Balance Fall Prevention.
  • Prospect Senior Center: Computer Equipment for Classes - $4,920 to purchase six new computers with monitors in order to enhance computer instruction and allow seniors to build skills using Generations on Line and other tools.
  • Rebuilding Together Litchfield County: Housing Preservation - $10,000 to support purchase of materials for repairs and modifications to increase safety and accessibility of homes owned by low income older adults.
  • Shakesperience: Waterbury Interactive – Our City, Our Neighborhoods - $8,000 to create and present interactive intergenerational performances about Waterbury history from older adults in Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury and Woodbury.
  • Wolcott Senior Center (Charles Rietdyke): Staying Active through Exercise - $4,940 to continue two weekly exercise classes – Strength/Resistance/Balance and Zumba Gold – with certified instructors.

Thriving Communities Grants

  • Brass City Harvest: Brass City Sustainable Urban Agriculture - $12,000 to fund an Urban Farm & Facilities Manager/Foreperson who will oversee agricultural operations and direct volunteers, students, and Taft Global Leadership Institute interns.
  • Center for Children’s Advocacy: Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Reduction Project - $4,000 to continue local work to reduce the disproportionate rate at which Black and Latino youth in Waterbury are subjected to school discipline and involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Children’s Community School: School Social Worker - $9,000 to hire a part-time School Social Worker, who will support students and act as a liaison for referrals of support resources in the community.
  • Children’s Law Center: Legal Representation Program: Waterbury Family Court - $3,000 to provide court-appointed legal counsel to indigent children whose parents are embroiled in high conflict family court disputes.  
  • Committee for a New Waterbury – Project Storefront: Waterbury - $5,000 to develop “Pop-Up” shops during this holiday season on Bank & Grand Streets in Waterbury.  
  • Connecticut Invention Convention: STEM in Waterbury Schools - $10,000 to institute CIC-developed STEM programs in Waterbury Public Schools.
  • Flanders Nature Center: Woodward Outdoor Learning Initiative - $10,000 (Year 3 of $30k grant) to support the Flanders’ 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, one mission of which is to fully establish the Woodward Outdoor Learning Center.  
  • Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries: Feeding Programs - $5,000 to support GWIM’s feeding programs.  
  • Litchfield Hills Food Systems, Inc.: Litchfield Hills Farmer's Forum - $1,500 to support The Farmer's Forum: an all-day professional development workshop directed to the needs of Litchfield County farmers (as identified through a prior gathering).
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury: Tutor Training and Marketing Campaign - $4,200 to recruit and train at least 35 volunteers who will help local adults improve their lives through increased literacy skills.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services on behalf of Uplifting a Life: Almost Home Afterschool and Summer Program - $10,000 to support the development and implementation of an afterschool program and summer camp designed to provide 35 children with the resources and academic enrichment opportunities to be successful.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services: Crownbrook Homeownership Initiative Redevelopment Plan (CHIRP) - $6,045 to support NHSW’s work in the Crownbrook neighborhood aimed at relationship‐building and building a stronger community.
  • Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center: The Picture of Health (PHOTOVOICE) - $5,168 to help students conduct ethnographic research on health topics via observing their community and collecting photographic evidence of the disparities present.
  • Statewide Legal Services: Collaborative for Fair Justice Project: Referral System for Legal/Social Services - $7,500 to support a collaboration between Statewide Legal Services, CT Legal Services, and New Opportunities of Waterbury to provide culturally responsive, holistic, legal and social services for low-income residents, focusing on the Spanish speaking population who have limited English proficiency.
  • StayWell: New Access Point: Naugatuck Health Center - $10,713 to help open a New Access Point in Naugatuck.   A full range of medical/dental/mental health outpatient services will be provided at this site.

Southbury Community Trust Fund Grants - 5

  • After School Arts Program (ASAP): Inter-District and Multi-Generational Dance Project  - $5,947 to collaborate with the dance group Pilobolus to bring an intergenerational Community Dance Project to Southbury.
  • Arts Escape: Encore Art - $10,450 to continue their workshops, lectures, and performances for older adults living in Southbury.
  • Connecticut Food Bank: Southbury Mobile Pantry - $4,000 to support the Southbury Mobile Food Pantry that distributes fresh fruits, vegetables and groceries directly to residents in Southbury.
  • Safe Haven: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services in Southbury - $5,000 to support staff at their Southbury office, where crisis intervention, in-person counseling, a support group, and advocacy services are provided.
  • Waterbury YMCA: Youth & Government - $5,000 to continue support for the Youth and Government (YAG) program at Pomperaug High School.

About the Connecticut Community Foundation
Founded in 1923 as the Waterbury Foundation, the Connecticut Community Foundation was the first community foundation in the state. The Foundation’s mission is to foster creative partnerships that build rewarding lives and thriving communities. Serving 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, the Foundation administers more than 440 charitable funds established by local donors with combined assets of $94 million. Funds reflect a variety of philanthropic interests and support a range of giving opportunities in the arts, environment, health care, education, human services and women’s and children’s issues. With this support, the Foundation provides grants and services to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students. Volunteers and staff offer their expertise by serving on committees and supporting special initiatives that effect positive changeand improve the quality of life in our region.

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Contact:

Josh Carey
Director of Grants Management
Connecticut Community Foundation
203-753-1315, x108
jcarey@conncf.org

Rachele DeLorenzo
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Connecticut Community Foundation
rdelorenzo@conncf.org
203-753-1315

Website: www.conncf.org

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