Connecticut Community Foundation Awards More Than $373,000 in Grants & Sponsorships to Area Nonprofits

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The Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) awarded its first round of grants for 2013 to area nonprofits for program support, arts and youth, leadership initiatives, literacy, nonprofit assistance, senior services, health and travel.

The Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) awarded its first round of grants for 2013 to area nonprofits for program support, arts and youth, leadership initiatives, literacy, nonprofit assistance, senior services, health and travel. Funding, which totaled $338,139, came from funds established by area donors 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, go to

In addition, CCF awarded $35,150 in sponsorships in this first round of 2013 funding for public events hosted by nonprofits in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. In 2012, sponsorships totaled more than $50,000 to support 60 libraries, historical societies, and arts, cultural and environmental organizations for one-time programs, symposia, and public events. For a detailed listing of sponsorship recipients, go to For more information, visit, call 203-753-1315, or email grants(at)conncf(dot)org.

Current Grant Recipients


  •     Cheshire Parks and Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps - $3,050 - To offer quality programming, hire professional/experienced staff, and invite special instructors to this special needs camp.
  •     Children’s Community School, Inc.: Summer Bridges - $ 5,750 - To provide a safe, age-appropriate, and fun summer program which includes academic practice and experiential learning opportunities for 75 low- and moderate-income children from Children’s Community School and the surrounding community. Summer Bridges will run for 7 weeks, from June 24-August 9, 2013. CCF grant would help cover transportation costs and fees for hands-on learning experiences, as well as to purchase new computerized learning and assessment software so that academic work is more closely aligned with individual student needs.
  •     Community Culinary School of Northwest Connecticut: Program Support - $10,000 - To maintain two full time employees and for assistance over a one year period so that they may continue to provide job and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, enabling them to secure employment in the food service industry thereby allowing for a better life for them and their families.
  •     Flanders Nature Center: Expand Adult Education Programming (Year Two) - $10,000 –Second year of Adult Education programming grant to hire a part-time staff person to arrange classes, workshops, and other events for adult audiences; conduct some of the programs; and help to promote them through online, print, and mass-media resources. This program will be a major expansion of Flanders programming for adult audiences, and will focus on reaching the level of ongoing success that its programs for young people have achieved.
  •     The Gary-The Olivia Theater: Lighting & Electrical Upgrade - $4,400 - To upgrade the lighting system in the theater.
  •     Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, Inc.: Purchase of Commercial Freezer - $5,000 - Replacement of old and/or irreparable equipment vital to food preservation and preparation.
  •     Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, Inc.: Citizenship Program -$10,000 - To add a part-time position to the Case Management program to assist members seeking assistance in the area of citizenship (most lack sophistication in the areas of immigration, naturalization, law, and available community resources). The hope is to assist these individuals to obtain a legal status in the community and move them onto the path of citizenship.
  •     Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc.: Tutor Training Campaign - $5,000 - Updated LVGW brochures will be created, printed, and distributed to promote the program and to provide information to potential volunteers. Funding will also sponsor two volunteer recruitment and training campaigns in Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. The goal is to have 45 new tutors who will provide weekly classes to benefit at least 65 adult learners.
  •     Safe Haven: Shelter Furniture and Alarm System for Main Office - $3,500 - Safe Haven is looking for support for equipment for both the shelter and main office.
  •     St. Margaret Willow Plaza NRZ, Association: After School Program and Summer Program - $6,000 - To provide services to youths in the after school and summer programs. Educational enrichment programs include reading, arts and crafts, math and science projects and other creative youth activities.
  •     Thy Eagle’s Nest, Inc.: Youth Run Donation Center - $5,000 - Thy Eagle’s Nest Inc. is a youth run, charitable donation center in the town of Wolcott. It provides clothing, household items, small appliances and furniture to those in need. Through the purchasing of additional equipment and a stipend for the unpaid Executive Director, the services provided through Thy Eagle’s Nest will expand to meet the growing needs in the Wolcott community.
  •     Waterbury Young Men’s Christian Association: Swim Program Expansion / In-Filling Pool - $10,000 - To in-fill the depth of the deep end of the YMCA’s 20 foot warm-water pool to a graduated depth of 3.5-5 feet and to add a staircase and ramp for ADA compliance and improved accessibility. The current antiquated filtration system would also be upgraded.

Arts /Youth Collaborative

  •     Palace Theater Group, Inc.: Our Cultural Heritages - $10,000 - To support the Palace Theater and Connecticut Dance Theatre’s collaborative afterschool dance program for students ages 9-11 that celebrates diversity in our communities by integrating dance with world history, geography and world culture.
  •     Shakesperience.: Waterbury Interactive: From Its Neighborhoods to Its Downtown - $15,000 - This project aims to recapture Waterbury’s Pride of Place by showcasing Waterbury’s unique history, neighborhood by neighborhood, through living arts. Shakesperience will partner with stakeholders to create a high quality, sustainable arts program of multi-year duration wherein young people rehearse interactive performances that focus on the development and history of specific Waterbury neighborhoods.
  •     Walnut Orange Walsh Neighborhood Revitalization Zone: Arts Education Program - $15,000 - To incorporate additional art education programs into existing curriculum to reduce risky behaviors and build critical self-discipline, communication, and job skills. The WOW/NRZ Arts Education Program will provide a systematic approach to enhance the social, emotional and developmental skills that impact the at-risk youth in the Waterbury area through teaching them the disciplines of music, theatre, dance and visual arts through an array of activities that designed to build self-esteem.    
  •     Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: Bravo Waterbury Summer Program - $25,000 - Bravo Waterbury! is an intensive after-school music education program for low-income students at Children’s Community School in Waterbury, based on an internationally renowned model. The purpose of this request is to sustain the current pilot program through an intensive summer program. Funding will be used to deepen impact on students’ lives, reinforce their learned skills, create social and musical growth through inspiring artists, mentors and performance opportunities, help prepare them for the 2013-14 school year, rigorously measure program efficacy, and challenge others to join in supporting the program.

Leadership Initiative

  •     Partnership for Strong Communities, Inc: Waterbury Leadership Development Roundtable-$25,000- To start a cohort of the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) in Waterbury with the goal of providing sustained, focused executive director training for 10-12 nonprofit leaders.


  •     Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford: Waterbury Family Center-$13,328- To provide funding for early care and education activities at the Waterbury family center. Work will include curriculum-based family literacy programming and four parent education events geared toward skill building with infant and toddlers.
  •     Children’s Center of New Milford, Inc.: Children’s Center Literacy through Music Program- $10,000- For the expansion of a music literacy program that will provide weekly thirty-minute music classes for over 100 preschool students.

Nonprofit Assistance Initiative (Capacity Building)

  •     Family Services of Greater Waterbury: Strategic Plan-$10,000- For consultant to assist agency in strategic planning and to explore new business models


  •     Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, Inc..: Support for Capital Campaign- $5,000- To support services to prepare for capital campaign during the 50th anniversary.
  •     Goshen Community Care and Hospice, Inc.: Information Technology Upgrade - $1,750 –Consultant to develop technology plan to upgrade equipment, and software.
  •     Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center: Technology Upgrade - $2,500 – Funding for upgraded web site with content management system and cloud-based client management database.
  •     New Milford Historical Society: Web Site Development Project, Phase II - $3,099 – Upgrade of web site to develop an online museum, including genealogical information, and to become an interactive educational site.
  •     Staywell Health Care, Inc.: Enhanced Strategic Planning Development Plan - $10,000 – Consultant to assist in developing a fund development plan built on marketing/communications plan already established.
  •     Wellmore Behavioral Health: Virtualization & Data Recovery Site Development $10,000 – Hardware and software upgrades to allow for expanded system virtualization and finalize off-site mirrored system for disaster data recovery.

PATHWAYS Senior Initiative (East Hills Woods Fund)

  •     Connecticut Publicly-Assisted Housing Resident Network: Housing Resident Rights - $6,500 – for staff costs to work with residents of two affordable senior housing complexes in Wolcott that may be converted to market rate, educate residents about options, develop a resident plan, and hold discussions with the property owner.
  •     Goshen Community Care and Hospice, Inc.: File of Life Program - $2,307 – for purchase and mailing of File of Life Kits. Nationally recognized program assists first responders by providing visible and ready access to medical, insurance and contact information in case of medical emergency.
  •     Litchfield Hills Chore Service, Inc.: Elderly Services Support and Outreach, Year 1 - $5,000 for outreach and support of chore worker costs not covered by clients. Organization helps seniors remain in their homes by providing household maintenance, shopping and transportation. Grant is renewable for two additional years pending review.
  •     Naugatuck Valley Project, Inc.: Aging in the Community Project - $15,000 – for a community organizing effort with older adults and their families to further the development of communities for a lifetime in the Naugatuck Valley. Agency will collaborate to strengthen, preserve and spread key programs that promote aging in place.                            

  •     New Opportunities, Inc.: Money Management - $8,000 – for staff costs to continue and build this program which recruits, trains, places and oversees volunteers to provide money management services to low income seniors and people with disabilities. National model helps seniors remain their homes.
  •     VNA Health at Home: Wound Care Program - $3,500 – to expand the wound care program by training and certifying a second nurse through the National Alliance of Wound Care. There are an increasing number of agency patients with wound care issues and a need to continue building staff expertise.
  •     Town of Woodbury/Woodbury Senior Center: Senior Outreach – Up to $2,000 for purchase of a laptop computer and related costs. This mobile office will allow the Director of Social Services to assist more homebound seniors in applying for programs and benefits.

Health Services in Naugatuck (Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm)

  •     Connecticut Community Care: Independent Living Fund for Northwest CT-$3,000- To provide funding for services or equipment that will improve the quality of life for 15 Naugatuck residents and allow participants to remain independent in their homes or apartments.
  •     Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center: Participant Scholarship Fund- $22,000- To provide scholarships for 69 school aged children, adults and veterans in 2013, subsidizing over 360 lessons or all day integrated therapeutic riding sessions.
  •     Saint Mary’s Hospital: Diabetes Education Program- $1,725- Funding will support four, four-week Diabetes Prevention classes held at local community organizations in Naugatuck. Program topics include: an overview of diabetes, healthy eating demonstrations, carbohydrate counting, and possible complications with diabetes.
  •     VNA Health at Home: Indigent Patient Care Program- $5,000- To provide coordinated home health services to Naugatuck residents who lack sufficient health insurance and who are unable to pay for care out-of-pocket.

Southbury Community (Southbury Community Trust Fund)

  •     Sacred Heart Church: Youth Mission Trip-$4,980- To support 82 Southbury Youth to travel to Norristown, PA, where participants will repair 60 homes of low-income, disabled and elderly residents.
  •     South Britain Congregational Church: Youth Mission Trip- $5,500- To provide funding for a group of 13-18 youth to travel to New York City and participate provide a total of 480 service hours working with the food insecure and homeless.

Whittemore Travel Fund

  •     Church of Christ Congregational (Goshen, CT): Dominican Republic - $4,000 - Pilgrim Fellowship of CoCC will be participating in a team traveling to the Dominican Republic. In partnership with the Village Mountain Mission (based in Ohio), they will being “help, healing, and hope” to suffering children.
  •     Washington Montessori School (Washington, CT): San Juan Trip - $4,500 - Students’ primary job will be to teach English. In addition, middle school students from WMS and the local school will be collaborating on a project that explores similarities and differences in the natural history and culture of their separate places. Communication between teachers and students will begin before the trip and culminate in a joint project once the two classes come together in Puerto Rico. While there, WMS students will also spend 2 days working on a reforestation project through the National Park Service in El Yunque. Students will be encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible.
  •     Wilby High School (Waterbury): Project Paris – $3,500 - Wilby High School’s Fashion Design and Culinary classes have joined to provide students with a trip to Paris, France. Prior to the trip, students in both disciplines will cover units in careers in order to familiarize themselves with some of the criteria necessary to pursue occupations in these fields.

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