PRESS RELEASE: Nonprofits Receive $102,150 in late June Grants from the Northwest CT Community Foundation

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Nonprofits Receive $102,150 in late June Grants from the Northwest CT Community Foundation

The Northwest CT Community Foundation has awarded grants to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $102,150 during its second grant cycle of 2021. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent awards include:

·         $2,500 to Connecticut Arts Alliance to support Raise Your Voice, a pilot program to amplify the voices of small arts organizations

“Organizations will have opportunities to write and submit testimony, testify at public hearings and correspond with legislators in support of action,” said Brett Thompson of Connecticut Arts Alliance. “They will learn how to effectively and powerfully articulate the needs of their organizations and connect with decision makers.”

·         $3,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters to support Community-Based/Virtual Mentoring for students

“Using our Virtual Mentoring Dashboard, mentors foster open communication about children’s struggles and successes,” said Annemarie Holly of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Online activities, along with virtual Art & Science Fairs and Game Nights, ensure that youth are still receiving one-to-one attention from caring mentors, building connections that increase self-confidence and future aspirations.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2021 Second Cycle Grants:

After School Arts Program – $3,250 to support summer camp transportation costs for 40 participants from Torrington and a First Aid Director for all campers (from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund, Borghesi Family Fund, and Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

The American Mural Project – $5,200 to support materials for the viewing platform guardrails (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

The Cabins – $5,000 to support collaborative and interdisciplinary solo and group retreats for the creative community in 2021 (from the Keroden Endowed Fund and the One Twenty One Fund, a donor-advised fund)

The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills – $10,000 to support gas and food cards for low-income cancer patients (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Connecticut Arts Alliance -$2,500 to support Raise Your Voice, a pilot program to amplify the voices of small arts organizations (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

Cornwall Social Services – $5,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted – $5,000  to support the cost of repairs in order to reopen the basement level community meeting hall for public use (from the Douglas and Janet Roberts Fund)

Healing Hoofbeats of CT – $2,000 to support a new shelter building (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

LARC – $5,100 to support the cost of a lift at one of LARC’s group homes (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding – $1,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health – $4,950 to support the cost of cell phones and cell phone cards for low-income clients accessing telehealth services (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund and the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Northwest Connecticut YMCA – $6,750 to support the purchase of a digital fundraising platform (from the Eva M. Coty Fund)

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters – $3,000 to support Community-Based/Virtual Mentoring for eight students (from the Eva M. Coty Fund)

Oliver Wolcott Library – $6,600 to support an eight-week virtual literacy course for 40 children and their families to reinforce and boost reading skills (from the Keroden Endowed Fund and the Feliciano & Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Pilobolus – $5,000 to support BLOOM–A Journey, a family-friendly driving adventure featuring performances and morning wellness sessions (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England – $5,000 to support the cost of healthcare services for low-income patients who qualify for Planned Parenthood’s Torrington Fund for Access (from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund and the Women & Girls Fund, a donor-advised fund)

SOAR Educational Enrichment – $4,600 to support continued virtual programming for Fall 2021 due to COVID-19 (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund and The Echo Valley Foundation Fund, a donor-advised fund)

Valley Thrift Shop – $7,500 to support general operating expenses (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

The Voice of Art – $7,500  to support a free, outdoor, juried fine art show in hybrid (live and virtual) format (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund and the Robert B. and Cheryl Freehill Pauls Fund, a donor-advised fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare & Preschool – $3,700 to support replacement flooring, new area rugs and safety gates for two classrooms (from the Eva M. Coty Fund, Brooks Bank Fund, Torrington Club Fund, and Fleet General Fund)

The Winsted Phoenix – $3,000 to support general operating expenses (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $125 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled in excess of $5 million.

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