Arts and Culture
Awarded March 2017
After School Arts Program (Washington): Metamorphosis Project: Writing in Waterbury - $6,300 for project at Children's Community School, which serves inner-city Waterbury families living at or below federal poverty level. Students gain a deeper understanding of the natural world and each other by working with professional artists and scientists, collaborating on field trips and creating artwork inspired by nature.
Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut (Waterbury): Sew it Up! - $8,500 for basic and advanced sewing instruction and fashion design led by international fashion designer, Suzanne Rae. The program includes involvement of other local designers and a trip to New York City, designer studios, consignment stores (for materials) and a runway performance. Focus is on personal branding, photography and the fashion retail world.
Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Nuestra Historia - $11,000 to help participants harness the power of creative writing by creating visual contents while portraying their own individual story and writing about it. With the guidance of a professional writer, the pieces are put together and published as a single volume. The program will be facilitated by Peggy Robles-Alvarado, a passionate elementary school educator, writer and two-time International Latino Book Award winner.
Landmark Community Theatre (Thomaston): Theatre Arts: No Student Left Out! - $6,000 to provide developmentally appropriate theatre arts activities for students in first through eighth grades, produce affordable children's theatre productions, offer intensive technical education for teens and build a social teen theatre club.
Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury): Mini Masters - $3,435 to partner with Waterbury YMCA to provide free on-site and off-site fine art learning opportunities to its preschool administrators, teachers, students and families. The goal is to incorporate arts education into classrooms to better serve these individuals.
Mental Health Connecticut (West Hartford): Mending Art - $12,350 for a weekly art class at Independence Center in Waterbury, based upon the principle that people diagnosed with mental health conditions need a positive, trusted environment to become engaged. To create opportunities that support individual artists within the community, activities will be scheduled at senior centers, libraries, and residential spaces. By using art as a connection, both the casual interactions and more formal arts projects will allow participants to form meaningful new relationships with each other and the broader community.
Prospect Historical Society (Prospect): Historic Quilt Show - $400 to help the Prospect Historical Society to share quilts from the Hotchkiss House Museum. The grant will fund educational speaker Susan Reichter at a Vintage Quilt Show to be held on October 1.
Shakesperience Productions (Waterbury): Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods - $10,000 to help young people develop interactive performances that focus on the development and history of specific Waterbury neighborhoods. Once the plays are created, the young people perform them in neighborhood parks or centralized locations for their families and neighbors.
Waterbury Symphony (Waterbury): Bravo Waterbury! Summer Session - $22,000 to support a summer component of an intensive in-school and after-school music education program for underserved students and their families. Music is used as a tool for personal development, community engagement and social change
Cradle to Career
Awarded March 2017
Ability Beyond Disability (Bethel): Explorations in Entrepreneurship- $5,000 to deliver a six-week workshop on entrepreneurship for young adults and unemployed recent high school graduates with autism spectrum disorders.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Digital Media and Storytelling- $8,500 to start a digital media and storytelling class for 6-8th grade club members in partnership with Skills21. The program will broaden the club’s academic and STEM afterschool programming.
Bridge to Success Community Partnership (Waterbury): Boost Implementation- $15,000 to implement the second year of the Boost! Program at four Waterbury public schools and to incorporate a new equity focus into the project with the goal of eliminating disparities in the achievement gap for youth.
Brass City Charter School (Waterbury): Support for NAEYC Accreditation- $5,000 to purchase materials for pre-kindergarten classrooms in order to meet NAEYC accreditation standards. The grant would support two pre-k classrooms, which have 34 students.
Catholic Charities (Hartford): South Main Street Child Development Center- $10,000 to hire an early care and education consultant who will provide training and coaching to staff in the infant-toddler classrooms on the social and emotional strands of the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards.
Children’s Law Center of Connecticut (Hartford): Legal Representation Program- $5,000 to provide legal counsel to indigent children whose parents are embroiled in contentious family court disputes of custody, visitation, and divorce through the legal representation program.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut: Step up to STEM- $8,500 to launch a three-year pilot initiative in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences, which will serve up to 130 girls in grades 4-12.
Howard Whittemore Memorial Library (Naugatuck): Bee Playful- $1,490 to purchase age-appropriate materials and games that encourage children six months and older to engage in pretend and social play and gross motor skill activities.
Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (Waterbury): Financial Reality Fair- $2,500 to support an interactive event for 500 Waterbury High School students to expose participants to the financial obligations of adulthood.
Robotics and Beyond (New Milford): Breaking the Barrier- Youth, Careers and Education Paths- $2,500 to coordinate and oversee a series of public forums where New Milford High School students can learn about post-secondary education paths in STEM.
Seabury Society for the Preservation of Glebe House (Woodbury): Student Agricultural Experience- $2,500 to help Region 14 students develop agricultural skills and knowledge, through a partnership between adult Glebe House volunteers and the Region 14 Agriscience program.
Taft School (Watertown): Taft/PAL Program- $3,500 to support the cost student teachers, faculty and meals for 85 Waterbury students to attend a Summer Academic Enrichment Academy at Taft School in Watertown.
Team, Inc. (Derby): Trauma Forum Sponsorship- $2,000 to support an early childhood and mental health symposium for Waterbury early care and education providers, family and home care providers, Waterbury Public School staff and community stakeholders.
Thomaston Public Schools (Thomaston): Reading is at the Center of Community- $4,487 to launch a “One School, One Book Campaign” at Thomaston Middle School, which has 203 students. The goal is to engage the broader community in reading in order to improve student literacy levels.
Waterbury Public Schools (Waterbury): Robotics Expansion Project-$15,000 to significantly expand the evidence-based afterschool robotics program to three middle schools and the Enlightenment School.
Waterbury Youth Service System (Waterbury): Linking Academics to Life- $5,000 to support an after school program that provides a positive, culturally competent youth development program for students between the ages of 13-19.
Awarded March 2017
Naugatuck Valley Project (Waterbury): Harvard University Leading Change Course- $500 to fund an online course on “how to organize communities to mobilize their resources to create the power they need to make change,” taught through the Harvard Kennedy School.
Restoration Springs (Waterbury): Rite of Passage- $1,000 to provide wrap-around support to up to 30 youth with the goal of improving academic achievement.
Awarded March 2017
Community Mental Health Affiliates (New Britain): MIM Skills Development Training - $2,657 to train five Waterbury Child and Family Services clinicians in Theraplay, which is the next intervention based in the Marshak Interaction Method (MIM).
FoodCorps (Connecticut): Growing Healthy Kids in Waterbury- $20,000 to connect Waterbury kids with healthy foods in school by providing gardening and cooking lessons, taste testing, improving school meals and promoting a school-wide culture of health.
Little Britches Therapeutic Riding (Woodbury): Summer Session- $1,620 to hire an occupational therapist that will work with nine riders from June-July, 2017.
Madre Latina (Waterbury): Health on Wheels- $10,000 to host four community events in different locations, providing the Hispanic community with health information.
St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (Prospect): Parish Nurse Initiative- $375 to support access to CPR training for 15 people.
Awarded March 2017
Brass City Harvest (Waterbury): Brass City Cooks Senior Nutrition and Cooking Program - $10,000 to offer nutrition education, meal planning and healthy cooking classes for older adults at Waterbury BRASS and housing sites as well as senior centers in surrounding towns. The nutritionists also coach seniors in adapting to dietary restrictions.
Goshen Community Care and Hospice (Goshen): Senior Socials and Luncheons - $6,000 to support staff time for weekly social gatherings and food and supplies for monthly luncheons with educational programs. Staff and volunteers monitor the well-being of participants and follow up to address needs.
Litchfield Hills Chore Service (Litchfield): Elderly Services Support and Outreach $7,500 to support a portion of the coordinator salary and uncovered costs for chore workers who help older adults age in their own homes with up to three hours per week of assistance. Chore workers are local residents so wages are often spent in the community.
Mount Olive Senior Center/AME Zion (Waterbury): Senior Center Operational - $10,000 to fund a portion of the senior center director and van driver salaries so that Mount Olive can focus their fundraising efforts on the agency’s contribution to the purchase of a replacement van. Volunteer involvement helps to keep operational costs low.
Naugatuck Valley Project (Waterbury): Aging in the Community– $4,500 to fund the portion of the request that continues community organizing efforts to support passage of legislation enhancing protections and improving jobs for domestic/home care workers; $500 is designated for leading change training support.
Naugatuck YMCA (Naugatuck): Therapeutic Exercise - $13,000 to support instructor costs for a wide range of fitness programs for older adults offered at the Y and offsite. Evidence-based programs are being added through participation in the national YMCA Wellness Cohort; these programs are labor-intensive and staffing has been enhanced.
New Opportunities (Waterbury): Food Trailer Equipment - $10,000 to equip a food trailer with kitchen equipment and related energy sources. The trailer will be used to provide meals for older adults (including those who are underserved and low income) and at community events. Community event meals at ‘market prices’ will generate funds to support expansion of the Meals on Wheels program.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut (Waterbury): Greening of Waterbury - From Planting to Harvest - $3,000 to purchase materials and supplies for the OLLI gardens in Fulton Park; OLLI members provide volunteer labor to grow food for distribution to soup kitchens and food pantries. 17,775 pounds of food were produced in 2016; 5,000 volunteer hours were logged by OLLI members.
Rebuilding Together Litchfield County (New Milford): Home Preservation and Repair - $7,500 to fund building supplies, materials and licensed technicians to implement 25 health and safety priorities in site homes, working to achieve safer living environments for older adults.
Southington/Cheshire Community YMCA (Cheshire): Enhance Fitness - $4,000 to support instructor costs for 48 weeks (three times per week) of Enhance Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program designed for people with arthritis. Participants who attend regularly generally show improvement in strength, balance, fitness and pain level.
Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (Waterbury): Spanish Live Well with Diabetes Program - $2,254 to provide books, leader stipends and participant incentives for two sessions of Spanish Live Well with Diabetes (Diabetes: Es Su Vida: Vivala Bien) to be held in Waterbury. Live Well Diabetes is an evidence-based program for education and self-management. Currently, no diabetes education is available in Spanish in Waterbury.
Yoga4Change (Meriden): Waterbury Chair Yoga Program - $2,193 to continue weekly classes in mindfulness-based hatha yoga at Willow Plaza Community Center through the end of 2017. Impact will be determined by post-program assessments using research-validated tools. During year one, participants showed gains in balance and the ability to recognize and respond to stress and negative thinking.
Youth International Travel (Whittemore Fund)
Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury): Cultural Immersion Trip to Italy- $3,000 to support a trip to Italy for up to eight students and two chaperones in July.
Washington Montessori School (Washington): 8th Grade Cultural Immersion and Community Service Trip- $2,500 to support a trip to New Mexico for up to 18 students and three chaperones in April.
Awarded March 2017
Connecticut Community Foundation (Waterbury): Give Local- $12,000 to support organizations that are based or working in Southbury with bonus and prize money during Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills.
Connecticut Food Bank (Wallingford): Southbury Mobile Pantry- $5,000 to support the Southbury Mobile Food Pantry which will distribute fresh fruit and vegetables directly to Southbury residents monthly.
Pomperaug High School (Southbury): Gradnite- $2,500 to host an overnight extravaganza for approximately 300 graduating high school seniors.
Sacred Heart Church (Southbury): Youth Mission Trip- $3,000 to support up to 109 Southbury youth and 21 chaperones to travel to Erie, PA and repair homes for 60 low-income, disabled, and older adult residents.
S.M.A.R.T, Inc. (Southbury): Social Networking and Internet Safety Presentations- $6,500 to work with Internet Safety Concepts to offer a series of presentations for 5-8th grade students on how to be safe while using the internet.
Technology for Organizations
Awarded March 2017
Girls, Inc. of Western Connecticut (Waterbury): VOIP Phone Upgrade - $6,307 to fund phone system upgrade in order to promote more efficient and effective communications.
Goshen Land Trust (Goshen): New Hardware - $1,231 to purchase a desktop computer, monitor and multifunction printer to maintain up-to-date administrative and stewardship filing practices.
The Institute for American Indian Studies (Washington): Upgrade in Retail Sales Technology - $4,000 to purchase a new computer and retail sales system, including inventory software.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury (Waterbury): Donor Management Software - $4,000 to purchase donor management software in order to track donors, prospects, volunteers and contacts.
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Update Hotline/Crisis Phone System - $6,962 to update and enhance existing phone system; expanding to eight lines with voicemail to ensure no calls are dropped.
Women and Girls
Awarded March 2017
Wilby High School (Waterbury): Lady Wildcat Empowerment Rally- $500 to support an empowerment event for over 400 young women in grades 9-12 at Wilby High School. The event will include networking, conversations and careers, and an opportunity to hear from successful women about their career paths.