Valley Community Foundation Awards Over $860,000 in Single- and Multi-Year Grants

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DERBY, CT -- The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is pleased to announce that $860,400 has been awarded as a result of its 2019 Responsive Grants process. This includes support for 7 new organizations as well as previous multi-year funding for 16 additional nonprofits. These grant dollars will help provide a reliable source of funding during a time of financial uncertainty.

“The VCF Board is proud to serve as a continued source of stability for these local nonprofit organizations that are providing key services to those in need throughout the Valley,” said Lynne Bassett Perry, VCF Board Chair.

Grants were awarded through VCF’s Responsive Grantmaking cycle, which is done with its partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF). The program is funded by a generous annual grant from TCF’s Gates and other field of interest funds, as well as VCF’s unrestricted and field of interest funds. Additionally, several of VCF’s donor advised fundholders contributed from their funds to help make these grants possible. Supporting donor advised funds included the Agape Fund, the Alesevich Family Fund, the Mary Fund, the Joseph A. Pagliaro Sr. Family Fund, the Palazzi Family Fund, the Sally and Dominick Thomas Fund, the John Tyma Fund, and the Warichar Family Fund.

The following is a list of the 2019 VCF Responsive Grant recipients:

Area Congregations Together, Inc.: to provide general operating support for the provision of food, shelter, and support services to Valley people in need. $120,000

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley: to support the enhancement of the safety and well-being of facilities, staff, volunteers, children and teens. $64,000

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford: to support the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Valley children, adolescents, and families. $75,000

Center Stage Theatre Inc.: to provide general operating support for theatrical productions and performing arts education. $60,000

Christ Episcopal Church: to provide general operating support for the Kathleen Samela Food Pantry. $75,000

Griffin Hospital: to support Phase 2 of a surgical expansion project to increase surgical capabilities and expand capacity to better serve surgical patients. $50,000

Shelton Economic Development Corporation: to support the administration of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Naugatuck Valley Corridor/Economic Development District. $45,000

For more information about VCF’s grant programs, please call 203-751-9162, or visit

About The Valley Community Foundation
Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) distributes $1.6 million in grants each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives a majority of its discretionary funding as a result of The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF that benefit the Valley. To learn how your gifts of cash, life insurance, appreciated stocks, bonds, real estate, and other assets can help to support the quality of life in the Valley, please visit the website at or contact VCF President, Sharon Closius, at or 203-751-9162.

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John Ready
Donor Services & Communications Officer
Valley Community Foundation


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