Grants Awarded 2017-06-06T03:16:27+00:00

Arts and Culture

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

to deliver a six-week workshop on entrepreneurship for young adults and unemployed recent high school graduates with autism spectrum disorders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to support an interactive event for 500 Waterbury High School students to expose participants to the financial obligations of adulthood.
to coordinate and oversee a series of public forums where New Milford High School students can learn about post-secondary education paths in STEM.
to help Region 14 students develop agricultural skills and knowledge, through a partnership between adult Glebe House volunteers and the Region 14 Agriscience program.
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.
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.
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.
to significantly expand the evidence-based afterschool robotics program to ten new schools including: six elementary schools, three middle schools and one alternative school.
to support an after school program that provides a positive, culturally competent youth development program for students between the ages of 13-19.

Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment

To provide domestic violence crisis intervention and long-term services for victims and survivors in the Foundation’s region.
To support the staff coverage necessary so that single women who are victims of physical, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence are allowed to stay in the shelter during the day.
To provide crisis and support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the goal of increasing clients’ empowerment, self-sufficiency, and independence.
To expand the Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team (CAIT) and improve the assessment and treatment of sexual and physical abuse in child victims.


To support the purchase of lilac trees, which will be planted in the historic Fulton Park. Community members will plant and upkeep the trees in partnership with the Waterbury Parks Department.
To support community and resident-led efforts to clean up the blighted north and south end neighborhoods of Waterbury.
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.
to provide wrap-around support to up to 30 youth with the goal of improving academic achievement.

Healthy Communities

To support the hiring of a community health worker who will implement the HIV Prevention programs Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and Post-exposure Prophylaxis in Waterbury.
to train five Waterbury Child and Family Services clinicians in Theraplay, which is the next intervention based in the Marshak Interaction Method (MIM).
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.
to hire an occupational therapist that will work with nine riders from June-July, 2017.
to host four community events in different locations, providing the Hispanic community with health information.

Naugatuck Health and Wellness

To support Naugatuck residents to participate in therapeutic horseback riding activities throughout the year.
To provide afternoon medical transportation to Naugatuck residents, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that Naugatuck’s older adults can maintain independence and dignity at home for as long as possible.
To continue funding to pay for a Wellmore clinician to provide counseling services to City Middle School and Naugatuck High School for a total of 16 weeks during the 2017-2018 school year.
To build an adaptive playground behind the YMCA which will be accessible to Naugatuck children and youth.
To start the Step Up to Naugy Coalition, which will build effective and sustainable strategies to prevent the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs by Naugatuck’s youth.

Older Adults

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to fund building supplies, materials and licensed technicians to implement 25 health and safety priorities in site homes, working to achieve safer living environments.
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.
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.
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.

Southbury Community Trust Fund

to support organizations that are based or working in Southbury with bonus and prize money during Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills.
to support the Southbury Mobile Food Pantry which will distribute fresh fruit and vegetables directly to Southbury residents monthly.
to host an overnight extravaganza for approximately 300 graduating high school seniors.
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.
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 Organizational Development

to fund phone system upgrade in order to promote more efficient and effective communications.
to purchase a desktop computer, monitor and multifunction printer to maintain up-to-date administrative and stewardship filing practices.
to purchase a new computer and retail sales system, including inventory software.
to purchase donor management software in order to track donors, prospects, volunteers and contacts.
to update and enhance existing phone system; expanding to eight lines with voicemail to ensure no calls are dropped.

Women and Girls (Women’s Fund)

To support a Generating Girls Opportunities (G2O) program for Waterbury middle and high school students through a one-day STEM expo at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
To implement an interactive five module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation.
To increase the leadership skills for girls between the ages of 11 and 17.
To support a Girls Circle program which will include the Adolescent Girl Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Group Model (G-TREM).
To offer a one-day Young Women’s World Conference for 13-19 year old youth. Some girls will also participate in eight follow-up workshops focused on careers.
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.

Youth International Travel (Whittemore Fund)

to support a trip to Italy for up to eight students and two chaperones in July.
to support a trip to New Mexico for up to 18 students and three chaperones in April.