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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Awarded CHEFA COVID-Relief Grant to Purchase Ultraviolet Cleaning Machine, Intubation Equipment

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07/30/2020

WALLINGFORD, CT -- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare organization, announces that it has received a $40,800 COVID-relief grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to help purchase COVID-related equipment.

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Valley Community Foundation Awards Nearly $890,000 in Single- and Multi-Year Grants

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07/30/2020

DERBY, CT -- The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is pleased to announce that $884,900 has been awarded to 10 organizations as a result of its 2020 Responsive Grants process. These are single and multi-year grants that will help provide a reliable source of funding during a time of financial uncertainty.

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Cigna Supports Pipeline of Urban Superintendents with $250,000 Grant to School of Education

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07/23/2020

WASHINGTON, DC, and BLOOMFIELD, CT -- Howard University School of Education has tackled systemic inequality in education by creating a pipeline of superintendents of color, specifically trained to lead in urban school districts for the past five years.  Today, the AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy announced it received a $250,000 grant from Cigna Corporation, a global health service company, to expand the innovative program. 

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Hamden Student Creates Scholarship Fund for Classmates at The Community Foundation Thanks to AT&T Grant

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07/23/2020

HAMDEN, CT -- The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has been awarded a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to support a scholarship fund for Hamden High School students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholarships will be given to 150 graduating seniors to assist in their pursuit of college and career goals.

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Butterflies Are Free. Saving Them Isn't, So Branford Is Helping

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07/23/2020

BRANFORD, CT -- Bees and other natural pollinators are incredibly efficient little critters, but they could always use a little help fulfilling their unique role in the world’s ecosystem — and the Branford Fire Department, working with Sustainable CT, is happy to do what it can to help. Project organizers are asking the community to join the initiative by donating money or volunteering in the effort. All community donations will be doubled by Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund, funded by the Smart Seed Fund, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Connecticut Green Bank, provides a dollar-for-dollar match to donations raised from the community, doubling local investment in projects.

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Youth Voice & COVID-19

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07/23/2020

NEW HAVEN, CT -- In April of 2020, as part of our institutional response to COVID19, The Perrin Family Foundation launched a youth communication project intended to capture how young people were experiencing the global crisis. Over the next few weeks the Foundation will be sharing the youth experiences and connecting the stories to larger themes and issues.

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Norwalk Public Schools Launches Educational Equity Study

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07/21/2020

NORWALK, CT -- Norwalk Public Schools will launch a comprehensive initiative designed to examine and address educational equity in Norwalk. Starting immediately, the district will partner with Temple University's Dr. Edward Fergus on an eight-month project that will include implicit bias and diversity training. The Collective Impact Opportunity Fund at Fairfield County's Community Foundation has committed to funding the Norwalk Educational Equity Initiative. This invitation-only Fund makes grants to public agencies and non-profit organizations striving to close educational, workforce and other opportunity gaps among children, youth and families in Connecticut.

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation Announces Their Supporting Organizations Led By People of Color and Amplifying Youth Voice Grant Recipients

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07/20/2020

QUINCY, MA -- Nellie Mae Education Foundation announced their first grant awards under their new organizational strategy to advance racial equity in public education. The Supporting Organizations Led By People of Color grants will provide $100,000 annually for three years to organizations led by leaders of color who are working to transform barriers to racial equity in public education. The Amplifying Youth Voice grants seek to amplify the authentic voices of young people throughout New England, supporting their participation in decision-making that affects their futures. This grant fund will support youth organizing groups with three-year general operating support grants of $52,750 annually, as well as technical assistance focused on building their capacity, power, and voice.

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CHEFA whiffs on $63M in tax credits for CT nonprofit developments

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07/20/2020

HARTFORD, CT -- Aquasi-public state agency that hoped to draw $63 million in federal tax credits to finance nonprofit development projects in low-income and distressed areas has struck out on its first attempt. The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) was not on a list --  released by the U.S. Treasury last week -- of successful applicants for the so-called New Market Tax Credit program, created in 2003 to attract private investment for developments in poorer census tracts. CHEFA will try again when it submits an application later this year for the next round of credits, which will be awarded about a year from now.

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Community Food Drive to Be Held on August 7 & 8 at Danbury Fair Mall

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07/16/2020

DANBURY, CT -- United Way of Western Connecticut is partnering with the Danbury Fair Mall to conduct a food drive to benefit the Danbury Food Collaborative and its member pantries. Pantries are in desperate need of donations, as their shelves have been emptied by an overwhelming need for food as families face the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Connecticut Will Have Its First Statewide, Publicly Accessible Data Source to Assist Voter Registration, Voter Turnout Efforts

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07/16/2020

HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Data Collaborative (CT Data) is constructing a public data platform designed to provide organizations seeking to increase voter registration and voting in Connecticut with the data necessary to more effectively target their efforts. Utilizing civic engagement grant funds awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, CT Data will provide data, analysis and technical assistance that will encourage the use of data to inform voter registration outreach efforts.

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20 U.S. Cities and Counties Pledge to Improve Local Systems and Policies to Advance Health Equity with $2 Million in Grants from the Aetna Foundation

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07/15/2020

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, today announced the organizations selected to receive a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to support communities that are changing the way they work together across sectors to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes. 

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Grants Available from COVID-19 Response Fund

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07/15/2020

BRISTOL, CT -- Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) has launched Phase 2 of its COVID-19 Response Fund grant program. MSCF is now accepting applications for operating support grants to provide flexible general operating resources to nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4 p.m.

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