Nonprofits Receive $90,300 in Fall/Winter Grants

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 22 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $90,300 during its third grant cycle of 2016. The Community Foundation makes grants to local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

  • $4,000 to After School Arts Program, Inc. to support the Metamorphosis Project for 75 fourth graders from Forbes School in Torrington

“Metamorphosis weaves the arts with core subjects, and asks students to solve real-life problems using creative learning, critical thinking, and innovation,” said JoAnne Torti, executive director. “The program gives students, many of which struggle with difficult socio-economic situations, an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world, of each other, and the connection between art, life, and learning.”

  • Litchfield Hills Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program (through the fiscal sponsorship of the City of Torrington) - $8,000 to support the purchase of a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle for the Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program

“Our service helps local homebound seniors age in place with dignity in the security of their own homes,” said Sherry Cote, supervisor. “Seeking additional support for the purchase of new trucks is vital to our program… without maintaining our current fleet size, we would have to resort to a reduction in service days and or waiting lists.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2016 Third Cycle Grants:

After School Arts Program, Inc. - $4,000 to support the Metamorphosis Project for 75 fourth graders from Forbes School in Torrington (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter - $1,900 in support of smoke alarms, and materials for homes located in the Community Foundation's service area as part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Bethlehem Ambulance Association - $1,325 to support the purchase of Prestan Professional CPR Manikins (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Civic Life Project - $4,800 to support a tuition-free summer camp for 12-16 disadvantaged high school students (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Connecticut Public Affairs Network - $3,100 to support the Torrington Region Connecticut History Day Contest (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Covenant to Care for Children Inc. - $3,500 to support the purchase of basic essential goods to keep children and their families together (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities - $4,000 to support the purchase of replacement appliances (refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher) (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

FISH - $10,000 to support gap funding for current year operations due to unanticipated state budget cut (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Fortunate Blessings Foundation, Inc. - $7,500 challenge grant to support the Caring for the Caregivers program for staff and volunteers of FISH and New Beginnings (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests, Inc. - $1,300 to support printing costs of recreation map, trailhead information, membership application, Trail Guide for Forests booklet (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

The Gilbert School - $1,000 to support the purchase of age-appropriate books for Winchester Public Schools students in grades K-6 (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Housatonic Valley Association - $3,000 to support the cost of “Contracted Services” (UConn Civil and Environmental Engineering Department) for an assessment of culverts and bridges in the Town of Washington, and a comprehensive Road-Stream Crossing Inventory and Management Plan (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Joyful Noise, Inc. - $4,000 to support the purchase of new choral robes (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. - $7,500 to support financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship programming for 1,145 students in Colebrook, Litchfield, Torrington, and Winsted (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Kent Library Association - $6,500 to support the purchase of replacement tarps used during the annual outdoor Summer Book Sale (from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Litchfield Hills Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program (through the fiscal sponsorship of the City of Torrington) - $8,000 to support the purchase of a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle for the Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding - $2,550 to subsidize one full session of therapeutic riding lessons for five riders from the Community Foundation's service area (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra - $2,000 to support two educational concerts serving up to 1,400 third graders from Torrington, Winsted, New Hartford, Harwinton and surrounding communities (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Prime Time House - $6,100 to support the purchase of a new fire and security system for the building that houses Prime Time House's social program (from the Eva M. Coty Fund and the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Torrington Library - $960 to support the purchase of two mobile hotspots, enabling patrons to connect to the Internet free of charge (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse - $4,000 to support The Youth Theatre Scholarship Program which provides full and partial scholarships to low-income children (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Winsted Area Childcare Center - $3,350 to support the cost of replacing a 75-gallon light commercial natural gas water heater for the Prospect Street location (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund and the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)