Connecticut Community Foundation Awards Nearly $500K in Grants to Area Nonprofits

Thursday, April 7, 2016

WATERBURY, CT — Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) awarded its first round of 2016 grants to area nonprofit organizations for support in issue areas including arts and culture, youth development, health, older adult services, organizational technology, and women’s issues. Grants, which came from funds established by area donors, totaled over $460,000 and included grants from the Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of the Borough of Naugatuck and the Southbury Community Trust Fund. For a detailed listing of grant recipients, visit

In addition, Connecticut Community Foundation recently awarded over $39,000 in sponsorship grants to 39 nonprofits to support public events in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. For a detailed listing of recent sponsorship recipients, please visit

Grant Recipients

Arts and Culture Grants

  • After School Arts Program (Washington): Metamorphosis Project - $5,000 to bring a creative program bridging art and the environment to students at Children's Community School in Waterbury. This program will give these students a deeper understanding of the natural world as they collaborate during field trips to nature centers, in the classroom, and in the creation of artwork for a final art show that will conclude the program.
  • Girls Inc. of Southwestern CT (Waterbury): Sew it Up! (Year 3) - $10,000 to continue support of Girls Inc.’s dynamic fashion program.  The program for the next school year will include hands-on sewing and fashion design, as well as component that includes learning retail, buying, trend boards, advertising, etc.  Each session will culminate in a fashion show that will allow participants to share their creations with the community.
  • Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Youth Cultural Arts Center (Year 2) - $10,000 to support the continued operation of Hispanic Coalition’s youth-centered cultural arts programming downtown.  Middle and high school participants in Hispanic Coalition’s youth leadership program will create monthly exhibitions presenting Latino art, culture, and history to the public.
  • Landmark Community Theatre (Thomaston): Theatre Arts Education: No Student Left Out! - $6,000 to produce two affordable children's theatre productions, provide developmentally appropriate theatre arts programs and activities for students in first through eighth grade, offer a technical theatre education program for teens, and introduce a teen theatre club.
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury): Mini Masters (Year 2) - $3,214 to partner with TEAM, Inc. in offering this successful arts education program to the teachers, administrators, students and families at TEAM’s new downtown Waterbury Head Start location (the Slocum Child Care Center).
  • Mental Health Connecticut (West Hartford): Mending Art - $7,500 for the expansion of a small art class at MHC’s Independence Center in Waterbury.  The goal is to grow this class into an interactive, community-engaged arts program for an underserved – and often unseen – population.
  • Shakesperience Productions, Inc. (Waterbury): Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods (Year 4) - $10,000 for a unique, collaborative arts program in which young residents work to develop and perform interactive theatre works that focus on the history of specific Waterbury neighborhoods.
  • Waterbury Symphony, Inc. (Waterbury): Bravo Waterbury! Summer Session Year 3 - $15,000 to continue support of this innovative music education program for underserved students and their families. Bravo resides at Waterbury’s Children’s Community School and Brass City Charter School for eleven months of the year.  CCF’s support will sustain Bravo for these students through an intensive summer component.
  • Woodbury, Town of (Business & Economic Development Committee): Shakespeare in the Park - $5,000 to work with Shakesperience on a series of artistic activities to revitalize the cultural environment in Woodbury.  Planned activities include a performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona, a week of acting classes for school children, a matinee performance of Gulliver's Travels, and several educational community lectures.

Cradle to Career: Youth Development Grants

  • Connecticut Science Center (Hartford): Waterbury Public School Partnership - $11,750 to support professional development training for all Waterbury secondary school science teachers to help the district realign its curriculum to meet Connecticut’s Next Generation Science Standards, which focus on science and engineering.  
  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck): Pathways Program- $15,000 to support at-risk Naugatuck and Waterbury youth, many of whom are referred by the Juvenile Review Boards, with an intensive therapeutic riding program that helps them build life skills and avoid recidivism.  
  • United Way of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Bridge to Success Community Partnership - $15,000 to support the successful replication of New Haven’s Boost program at 4 Waterbury Public Schools.  Boost ensures school and community organizations coordinate their work, which results in increased positive outcomes for students and their families.

Healthy Communities Grants

  • Are You Dense? (Woodbury): EMPOWERED Program - $9,500 to host Spanish Language workshops in greater Waterbury to reach Hispanic women who may be unaware of the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue, and to conduct an outreach and marketing campaign to promote the awareness of the dangers of dense breast tissue.
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. (Waterbury): MIM Skills Development Training - $5,500 to train Waterbury Child & Family Services clinicians in the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), which offers a framework for observing and assessing the overall quality of a parent/caregiver- child relationship.
  • Greenwoods Counseling Referrals (Litchfield): Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action - $14,000 to fund a six-week two-hour parenting group in coordination with the Litchfield Public School System.
  • Little Britches Therapeutic Riding (Woodbury): Summer Session 2016 - $2,430 to hire an Occupational Therapist that will work with nine riders from June- August.
  • Madre Latina, Inc. (Waterbury): Healthy Latinas Program - $10,000 to host a series of six workshops that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the Latino Community on improving family health and wellbeing.
  • Minor Memorial Library (Roxbury): Exercise Your Mind - $3,002 to support an interdepartmental summer program that promotes fitness and wellness among residents of all ages.
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (Waterbury): Waterbury Fund for Access - $5,000 to cover the gap in providing medical services to low-income patients.
  • Pomperaug District Health Department (Waterbury): Community Health Assessment- $4,900 to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Assessment in Southbury, Oxford, and Woodbury.
  • Southington- Cheshire Community YMCA (Cheshire): LIVESTRONG at the YMCA - $5,000 to support LIVESTRONG, a free 12-week small group fitness program for adults affected by cancer. The program will be run out of the Cheshire YMCA and service primarily residents from Cheshire.
  • Wellspring Foundation, Inc. (Middlebury): Attachment Disorder Parent Support Group - $5,450 to fund two eight-week therapy groups that provide psycho-education, discussion, and support for caregivers of children with significant behavioral problems, a history of trauma, and/or have received the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Pathways for Older Adults Grants

  • Animal Welfare Society, Inc., New Milford: Aging in Place with Pets - $825 to fund handouts, booklets and refreshments for outreach campaign to raise awareness about programs to help seniors live with and plan for pets.
  • Beacon Falls Public Library: Keeping Your Mind in the Game – 3 Mindful Seminars for Older Adults - $525 to cover the cost of presenter fees for programs on memory, sleep and mindfulness.
  • Brass City Harvest, Waterbury: Brass City Cooks! Senior Nutrition and Cooking Program (Year 3) - $15,000 to continue nutrition education and healthy cooking classes for older adults at existing sites and to expand to other housing sites in Waterbury as well as other locations in area towns.
  • Friends of Goshen Public Library: Seasonal Senior Series - $600 to support speaker fees and other costs for programs offering information or entertainment for older adults.       
  • Goshen Community Care and Hospice: Seniors Socials and Luncheons (Year 2) - $7,000 to support staff time and food costs for monthly luncheons with programs. Staff and volunteers monitor participant wellbeing; program also enhances peer relationships.
  • Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury: Senior Support Services - $2,800 to contribute to the rising cost of client transportation to and from the center as well as to medical appointments and field trips.
  • Litchfield Hills Chore Service, Litchfield: Elderly Services Support and Outreach (Year 4) - $8,000 to support a portion of the coordinator salary and uncovered costs for chore workers who provide housekeeping, transportation, shopping and cooking help to frail, low income seniors.
  • Mount Olive Senior Center, Waterbury: Operational (Year 2) - $10,000 to support a portion of part time director and bus driver salaries as well as other center costs. Will expand efforts already underway to revitalize the center and attract new participants.
  • Naugatuck Valley Health District, Seymour: Matter of Balance - $3,000 for instructor and other program costs for a pilot Matter of Balance fall prevention series at Naugatuck Senior Center. Two district staff members are being trained as Matter of Balance coaches by Pomperaug District Department of Health.  
  • Naugatuck Valley Project, Waterbury: Aging in the Community (Year 4) - $10,000 to continue community organizing campaigns at local and state levels to improve working conditions for home care workers and better understand needs of elders for aging in the community. Project includes hiring bilingual home health workers as part time community organizers.
  • Naugatuck YMCA: Therapeutic Exercise (Year 2 of Pathways Support) - $15,000 to support instructor costs for a wide range of fitness programs offered for older adults at the YMCA and offsite. Programming is being enhanced by offering evidence-based programs in collaboration with the National YMCA Wellness Cohort.
  • New Milford Senior Citizen Advisory Board: Website for WHEELS Program - $1,582 to develop a website that will increase awareness of this volunteer transportation program among potential riders and families, help in recruiting volunteers and soliciting donations. .
  • Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck: Computer Academy for Seniors – $2,500 to support instructor fees and materials for introductory computer classes offered to seniors in a small group setting.
  • Women and Families Center, Meriden: Yoga4Change Senior Yoga Programs -Waterbury - $3,000 to provide weekly mindfulness-based hatha yoga classes at two Waterbury BRASS sites; each site will offer two 10-week sessions.

Saunders Fund for the Sick & Infirm of Naugatuck Grants

  • Family Services of Greater Waterbury (FSGW) (Waterbury): Naugatuck Trauma Program - $10,000 to support the Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention programs that help Naugatuck children, adolescents and parents overcome traumatic events.
  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding (Naugatuck): Participant Scholarships - $10,236 to subsidize participation in therapeutic horseback riding activities, un-mounted equine assisted learning program, and integrated summer learning groups.
  • Human Resources Development Agency (HRD) (Naugatuck): Medical Transportation - $18,835 to continue to provide afternoon medical transportation to Naugatuck residents, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that Naugatuck’s older adults can remain independent and in the home for as long as possible.
  • Naugatuck High School (Naugatuck): Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Program - $14,400 to support in-school psycho-educational and therapeutic groups, individual supportive counseling, and in-service training for Naugatuck High School and Middle School staff during the spring and fall 2015 semesters.
  • StayWell Health Center, Inc. (Waterbury): New Access Point for Naugatuck - $49,150 to purchase medical equipment for a permanent health clinic that will be located at 30 Church Street in Naugatuck and provide preventative medical care, women’s health, dental health, mental and psychiatric health, and phlebotomy services for children and adults.

Southbury Community Trust Fund Grants

  • PHS Gradnite (Southbury): Grad Nite ’16 - $2,500 to host an overnight extravaganza for approximately 300 graduating Pomperaug High School seniors.
  • Pomperaug District Health Department (Southbury): Community Health Assessment - $4,900 to support the costs of conducting a comprehensive Community Health Assessment in Southbury.
  • Rose Hope Rescue, Inc. (Woodbury): Rescue & Adoption Center - $1,000 to support the opening of a care and adoption center for cats and kittens in Bennett Square.
  • Sacred Heart Church (Southbury): Youth Mission Trip - $3,500 to support Southbury youth and chaperones to travel to Schenectady, NY to participate in a Group Workcamp project to repair homes for low-income, disabled, and elderly residents.

Technology for Organizational Development Grants

  • Children’s Community School (Waterbury): Tackling the Digital Divide - $5,500 to purchase hardware and software to develop and implement a technology-infused curriculum for low income students. The program is aligned with CT Common Core and 21st Century standards.  
  • Litchfield Performing Arts (Litchfield): Winning the Internet Marketing Wars - $5,000 to update LPA’s website. The website will be upgraded to be more mobile friendly and to allow staff to update the website. It will also integrate the website with current and new databases for the jazz festival and jazz summer camp.
  • New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury): Meals on Wheels and Senior Dine Technology Upgrade - $4,900 to purchase new software for Meals on Wheels program that will provide better tracking of senior nutrition and constantly updated information for drivers. Purchase hardware and software for program where seniors get discounted meals at restaurants.
  • Staywell Health Care (Waterbury): Naugatuck Health Center Technology - $9,600 for computer software and hardware as well as tablets for new health center in Naugatuck. The equipment will be for administrative staff and also clinical staff to connect with electronic health record system for integration of the Naugatuck and Waterbury offices.

Priscilla Whittemore Travel Grants

  • Washington Montessori Association (New Preston): 8th Grade Cultural & Community Service Trip - $2,500 to support a trip to Navajo Nation in New Mexico in April 2016.  The trip will include visits to ancient sites and areas of archeological and geological significance and a service learning project.  
  • Wilby High School (Waterbury): Fashion Design Class Trip - $2,500 to support a trip to Paris, France in April 2016.  The trip will include visits to museums, cultural sites, ateliers and other cross-cultural activities with students

Women’s Fund Grants

  • Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc. (Torrington): The Girls Circle at Touchstone in Litchfield - $5,000 to support the Girls Circle program, an evidence-based, strengths-based program that teaches resiliency, self-respect and self-esteem to teenage girls who have been committed by the Department of Children and Families to Touchstone, a residential facility in Litchfield.  
  • Waterbury Youth Service System (Waterbury): Women’s World - $5,000 to support a one-day conference for young women focused on promoting skill development, fostering self-esteem and self-respect through workshops on career and educational options, as well as a series of follow-up events to discuss career paths with women role models from the region.

Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund Grants

  • Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. (Waterbury): Suit Yourself Women’s Event - $1,800 to support the 8th annual event in October which is focused on providing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs for women who are victims of physical, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence from area shelters.
  • Jane Doe No More (Naugatuck): R.A.P.E. Survivor Training - $2,110 to support R.A.P.E. (Raising Awareness through Personal Experience) Survivors Training, a signature program for sexual violence survivors to explore, document and share their personal stories.  
  • Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc. (Waterbury): Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Community Services - $5,000 to support direct services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.  
  • Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc. (Waterbury): 5th Annual “Out of the Shadows” Dinner and Silent Auction - Up to $2,500 challenge grant to support Safe Haven’s annual fundraiser on April 5, 2016.
  • Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc. (Torrington): The Rebuilding Lives Program - $10,000 to support direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault from Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Thomaston, Warren and Washington.   
  • Women’s Center of Greater Danbury (Danbury): Emergency Shelter and Direct Service for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse - $5,000 to support crisis intervention work, emergency shelter and individual and group counseling services for women from Bridgewater, New Milford and Washington.  
  • Waterbury Youth Service System (Waterbury): Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team - $10,000 to support the Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team to maximize the number of clients that have access to short-term trauma-focused treatment services for child victims and their families.  

The Connecticut Community Foundation, located in Waterbury, Conn., serves 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The Foundation administers more than 460 charitable funds established by local donors with combined assets of nearly $94 million. Funds reflect a variety of philanthropic interests 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 to effect positive change, growth and improve the quality of life in our region.



Josh Carey
Grants Management Director
Connecticut Community Foundation