2021 Grants Approved to Date

68 Grants/ $705,300 Granted/ Average Award $10,372

Arts & Culture ($102,548)

  • After School Arts Program (Washington): ASAP! & Children’s Community School Partnership Programming: $9,500 to support academic-year programming at Waterbury’s Children’s Community School, which includes professional development for teachers, the Metamorphosis Project serving grades 3-8, Writing Workshops for grade 4, and Creative Movement and Yoga for the younger grades PreK – 2nd.
  • Arts for Learning CT (Hamden): BEE True To You: Social and Emotional Learning in Waterbury – $5,000 to support a Social and Emotional Learning arts integration program at Kingsbury School in Waterbury in Fall 2021.
  • Arts & Culture Collaborative of the Waterbury Region (Waterbury) Fiscal Sponsor: Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Backbone Support to Serve the Arts Community – $7,500 to help the arts sector to readjust and recover from the impact of the COVID pandemic. Efforts this year will focus on making ACC membership whole, while integrating a more focused approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Connecticut Arts Alliance (Waterbury): CAA Strategic Plan Implementation (Yr 2) – $5,000 to support the second year of the agency’s strategic plan implementation.
  • DOE LIVE (Waterbury) (fiscal sponsor: Neighborhood Housing Services): Curators Camp – $7,500 to support aBlack-led organizational project dedicated to connecting and enriching BIPOC communities through the transformative power of the arts.
  • Hoops4Life, Inc. (Waterbury): STEAM (Science Technology Entertainment Art Math) – $2,500 to expand equity-focused arts and culture to engage the community, building on the interest in art to continue to engage youth with new elements of culture.
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury): Bringing Art to Children’s Community School – $13,000 to offer three of the Mattatuck Museum’s current high-quality art education programs to the Children’s Community School’s kindergarten through seventh graders, while creating a fourth program with eight-grade students. These programs encompass various art techniques and methods.
  • Northwest CT Arts Council (Torrington): Operational Support to Provide Arts Pandemic Assistance and Equitable Community Support – $7,500 for operational funding to continue offering pandemic resources and free equitable arts and culture programs to the community of NWCT.
  • Save Girls on FYER (Waterbury): Liberation Arts Program – $10,000 to offer powerful enrichment and development programs that shape the lives of girls of color, including 120 hours of training in filmmaking, media and production, marketing, public speaking and leadership.
  • Shakesperience Productions, Inc. (Waterbury) – Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods (Year 8)– $11,000 for an inter-generational humanities program integrating local history, theatre, music, and art that has evolved since 2013.
  • Spirit of Waterbury (Waterbury): Make Music Waterbury: 2021 – $1,500 to support Make Music Day in Waterbury. MMD is a free, international music celebration in over 1,000 cities and towns throughout the world on June 21st each year.
  • Village Center for the Arts (New Milford): Village Center for the Arts 3D Printing Program – $5,000 to expand programming to include the use of 3-D printing.
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (Waterbury): Bravo Summer Program 2021 – $12,000 for an intensive music education program for underserved students, which uses music as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change.
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (Waterbury): 2021 Community Jazz Program– $5,548 to support the first event in a new community series focused on jazz that is scheduled for June. This event aims to engage new audiences, and especially audiences of color in our community, with a new genre of music (jazz) and educational programming.

Building Equitable Opportunity ($107,531)

  • Center for Children’s Advocacy (Hartford): Waterbury Children & Youth Advocacy Project – $4,000 to promote equitable opportunity for low-income children and youth and BIPOC children/youth by reducing barriers to school attendance, school completion and employability through legal services, as well as work with local and state-level systems to develop systemic reforms to improve opportunities for youth.
  • Community Culinary School of NW CT (New Milford): Resume Job Training Classes – $10,000 to resume culinary job training classes which were put on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CT Institute for Refugees & Immigrants (Bridgeport): Waterbury Immigration Legal Services – $20,000 to provide legal support for family reunification, naturalization, adjustment of status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications and renewals, visas for victims of domestic violence, asylum application/appeals, and removal defense for Waterbury area immigrants.
  • Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury (fiscal sponsor for WCC Grant): Working Cities Year 4 (ESL & Voc Ed) / RIBA Aspira Career Academy – $15,000 to support an English as a Second Language program operating at the RIBA (River-Baldwin) ASPIRA Center in Waterbury’s South End, in conjunction with a range of services offered at the Center including case management, child care, transportation, and job placement.
  • Literacy Volunteers on the Green (New Milford): Literacy Programs for English Language Learners – $5,531 to support adult immigrants seeking English language literacy. Acquiring effective communication skills in English is key to preparing for employment opportunities that build personal and family economic security.
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters (Hartford): Community Based Mentoring – $5,000 to provide one-to-one mentoring in the Waterbury area between at-risk children/youth, aged 6-18, and volunteer mentors.
  • Naugatuck Youth Services (Naugatuck): Youth Advocacy & Organizing for Equity in Naugatuck – $18,000 to provide resources and support to young people in the Naugatuck community at a time when they are driving momentum towards equitable social change.
  • Staywell Health Center (Waterbury) (Fiscal Sponsor for Initiative): Queer Unity Empowerment Support Team (QUEST) – $30,000 to continue QUEST’s work to address the safety and security of one of our most vulnerable communities, LGBTQ youth. This includes implementing an action plan based on the LGBTQ Youth Needs Assessment, conducting training for organizations and entities in the community, and providing community events/outreach. QUEST will also establish partnerships with local providers for services such as housing, insurance enrollment, and the development of an emergency response plan to better assist LGBTQ youth in need of shelter, food, clothing, and transportation.

Grassroots Leadership ($4,500)

  • Crownbrook Community Garden (fiscal sponsor Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Waterbury) (Waterbury): Crownbrook Garden– $3,500 to support gardening and community building activity, the grant will support materials and supplies for the garden and fund the resident-led group to travel to Hartford to meet and learn from the leaders a successful community garden project.
  • The Connecticut Hope Foundation, Inc. (fiscal sponsor Helping Hands with Open Hearts, Inc.) (Waterbury): Hope for the Homeless – $1,000 to support a youth-led homeless outreach effort where the organization and volunteers will distribute food, clothing and hygiene supplies to individuals experiencing homelessness but who are not connected to local social services.

Health and Environmental Justice ($115,623)

  • American Red Cross (Farmington): Disaster Cycle Services– $10,000 to support direct and indirect costs related to providing Disaster Relief and Disaster Recovery Services in the Foundation’s region.
  • Food Rescue US (Norwalk): Food Rescue Northwest CT– $10,000 to support a community of food donors and provide fresh produce boxes to those in need. Funding would support the distribution of about 1,000 produce boxes.
  • Children’s Community School (Waterbury): Community Garden – $5,623 to collaborate with Neighborhood Housing Services, the Crownbrook Neighborhood Association, and New Morning Market to have students learn about growing plants and food. The program will incorporate the “Edible Schoolyard Project Curriculum” for grades 3, 4 and 5.
  • Darcey School (Cheshire): Circle of Security – $15,000 to continue the evidence- and relationship-based intervention program that enhances attachment security between parents, teachers, caregivers, and children.
  • Madre Latina, Inc. (Waterbury): Health on Wheels Program– $10,000 to continue expanding health education services and to coordinate a series of training with community support and information to Latinx families in Waterbury. The 2021-2022 program will include the dissemination of COVID-19 safety and vaccine information, mental health and grief support, and continue education on Women’s Health issues like Breast Cancer.
  • Greater Waterbury Health Partnership, fiscally sponsored by StayWell Health Care (Waterbury): Improving Maternal Health Care for Black Women through Coordination, Advocacy and Collaboration – $40,000 to improve the Maternal and Infant Health of Black mothers and babies through: care coordination, education and outreach, systems coordination, and, advocacy for and emphasis on culturally appropriate service providers. The Health Partnership will collaborate with Bridge to Success Community Partnership, Women’s Choice Charitable Association, StayWell Health Center, and local hospitals.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association (Waterbury): Community Doula Program – $25,000 to provide free and low-cost pregnancy support services, to Black mothers in Waterbury. The founder’s goal is to support other women of color have safe and healthy pregnancies.

Herbst Fund for Eye Research ($14,708)

  • Gaylord Hospital, Inc. (Wallingford): Visual Field Rehabilitation Research – $14,708 to support research to determine if incorporation of BITS touch screen technology to inpatient rehabilitation for visual impairments, is more effective than conventional (table top, pen and paper) vision interventions.

Lois Livingston McMillen Fund ($57,662)

  • Love 146 (New Haven): US Survivor Care Program – $10,162 to provide Long-Term Services and Rapid Responses, one-time interventions that provide children with information, safety planning, and referral services related to human trafficking.
  • Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Safer Communities Greater Waterbury – $10,000 to support the provision of domestic violence, crisis intervention, and long-term services for victims and survivors in 10 towns in the Foundation’s region.
  • Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury (Waterbury): Women Day Program – $10,000 to support extended shelter stays for single women between October 2021-mid-April 2022, rather than having women seek shelter with partners who are physically or sexually abusive.
  • Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc. (Torrington): Rebuilding Lives Program – $10,000 to support crisis and support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, transitioning them from crisis and dependency to safety, empowerment, self-sufficiency, and independence.
  • Waterbury Youth Services (Waterbury): The Bridging Program of the Child Advocacy Center – $10,000 to support the Child Advocacy Center, an evidence-based trauma treatment mental health intervention for child victims ages 7-17.
  • Women’s Center of Greater Danbury (Danbury): Support for Victims of Domestic Violence – $7,500 to support services for victims of domestic violence, including emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, victim advocacy services, safety planning and criminal justice/civil legal services in New Milford, Bridgewater, Washington and Roxbury.

Pathways for Older Adults – East Hill Woods Fund ($70,380)

  • YMCA (Naugatuck): Senior Exercise and Wellbeing- $25,000 to continue providing evidence-based exercise classes, active older adult classes, and social interaction spaces for seniors in the community to prevent social isolation.
  • Litchfield Hills Chore Service (Litchfield): Elder Services Support and Outreach- $10,000 to continue providing housekeeping support, transportation to medical appointments and shopping, and some outside tasks and gardening to seniors 60+ living at or below the federal poverty level who live in Litchfield, Goshen, Morris, Roxbury, Warren and Washington.
  • New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury): System Integration Upgrade- $11,000 to integrate and expand senior nutrition programs including NOI’s Senior Dine Program with NOI’s CMS system through the use of a customized data bridge.
  • Brass City Harvest (Waterbury): Brass City Cooks! Senior Nutrition & Healthy Cooking Program- $11,510 to transition the popular Senior Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Class to an online platform to service seniors in Woodbury, Southbury, and Waterbury who have access to internet.
  • UR Community Cares, Inc. (Manchester): UR Community Cares-Older/Disabled Adults- $2,500 to build a network of volunteers in the Greater Waterbury area who can provide older adults (age 70+) and physically disabled residents (age 18+ with permanent or temporary disability) with home-based help such as household tasks, yard work, local transportation, and/or companionship visits, at no charge.
  • Yoga 4 Change (Hamden): Greater Waterbury Senior/Mindfulness Yoga- $9,570 to continue supporting weekly classes on Yoga4Change’s evidence-based chair yoga program, provided in partnership with agencies currently serving seniors in Waterbury and Wolcott.
  • Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): Home Visits-Senior Support Program- $800 to fund Mileage Reimbursement line item for La Casa Bienvenida Staff to travel into the community and visit participants in their homes and/or take them on an errand or appointment.

Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of Naugatuck($125,000) 

  • Connecticut Food Bank (Wallingford): Naugatuck Mobile Pantry– $7,500 to increase the amount of nutritious food – such as fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy items, and whole grains – made available to underserved households in Naugatuck.
  • Easterseals (Waterbury): Accessible Hearing Care– $5,000 to support the Center for Better Hearing, which provides high-quality audiology care for low-income children and adults.
  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck): Participant Financial Aid – $20,000 (out of $50,000 requested) to use equine assisted therapies to encourage children, adolescents and adults to succeed, and to support individuals struggling with physical, developmental and emotional challenges who need help becoming more self-sufficient and empowered. Note: Funds should only be used to support financial aid for Naugatuck residents.
  • Human Resource Development Agency (Naugatuck): Medical Transportation/ Socialization– $30,000 (out of $36,942 requested) to continue 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.
  • Naugatuck YMCA (Naugatuck): Livestrong– $10,000 (out of $15,000 requested) to provide Livestrong, an evidence-based program, for adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Naugatuck Youth Services, Inc. (Naugatuck): Teen Mental Health First Aid – $30,000 to build a team of instructors that will engage teens in recognizing the warning signs of various mental health crises, including how to provide support to other teens and how to identify and seek help from a supportive adult.
  • Wellmore Behavioral Health (Waterbury): Building Assets and Reducing At-Risk Behavior in Middle and High School – $22,500 to continue support of direct services, in-school psych-educational and therapeutic groups, individual supportive counseling and consultation for Naugatuck High School and City Hill Middle School students during 2021-2022 school year.


Southbury Community Trust Fund ($32,000)

  • PHS GradNite (Southbury): PHS Gradnite – $5,000 to provide an all-night celebration for graduating seniors that is a safe alcohol and drug-free environment.
  • S.M.A.R.T, Inc. (Southbury): Outreach and Education – $13,000 to support activities in S.M.A.R.T., Inc’s key areas of focus which are: Local Prevention Council, Parent University and Community/School based initiatives and resource.
  • Safe Families for Children Alliance (Southbury): Safe Families for Children Connecticut – $5,000 to hire a part-time staff member to focus efforts on building partnerships with human services agencies and faith communities in the Southbury area.
  • Soulful Sydney, Inc. (Southbury): The Healing Chickadee – $3,000 to distribute a grief program, “The Healing Chickadee”, to Southbury children who have experienced loss in coordination with the town, school officials, Tribury Chamber, and child care providers.
  • Whiskers Pet Rescue (Southbury): Senior to Senior Forever Foster Program – $6,000 to support the costs associated with fostering and adopting older cats to seniors (all expenses are covered including medical insurance for the cat).

Strengthening Nonprofits ($45,000)

  • Children’s Community School (Waterbury): Financial Forecasting – $10,000 to support working with a consultant on the financial forecasting of three possible future locations for the school.
  • CT Partnership for Children (Naugatuck): Website Upgrade – $5,000 to fund an upgrade of the organization’s current website, allowing for greater functionality and accessibility.
  • Easterseals, Inc. (Waterbury): Leadership Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training – $11,731 to fund a full curriculum of professional development opportunities for staff, including bias and DEI training. Topics were generated by a thorough process that included staff surveys and discussion sessions.
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut (Hartford): Strengthening Latinx Resources – $2,100 to fund Latinx outreach materials and resources to increase membership diversity. Support will be used for targeted social media outreach in Waterbury.
  • Hoops4Life (Waterbury): Laptop Computers – $4,000 to purchase laptop computers to be used by both staff and program participants.
  • Naugatuck YMCA (Naugatuck): Strategic Planning – $7,600 to support the creation of a new strategic plan for the organization.
  • Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury (Waterbury): Laptops for Homeless Resource Center – $4,569 to purchase new laptops for the shelter. Computers will be used by clients as well as case managers, allowing for more privacy during in-take.

Women’s Fund ($30,348)

  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Inc. (Hartford): Waterbury Outreach – $4,348 to support 800 girls to participate in an afterschool Girl Scout experiences from September 2020- June 2021 at three Waterbury elementary schools.
  • Madre Latina (Waterbury): Mariposa Project – $9,000 to continue support of a Latino youth leadership and empowerment program, that provides positive health messages, promotes the development of self-esteem, advocacy and leadership skills in Latinas ages 9 to 14.
  • Save Girls on FYER (Waterbury): SGOF Leadership Academy & Literacy on FYER Programs – $9,000 to provide a safe environment for powerful enrichment and development programs that shape the lives of girls of color and to continue to provide training in youth advocacy and cover topics that provide character-building skills.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association (Waterbury): Community Doula Program – $8,000 to provide free and low-cost pregnancy support services, especially for Black mothers who live in Waterbury.

Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2021 grant recipients include $5,000 awards to the following organizations:

  • Girls with Impact of Greenwich to support its 2021 Entrepreneurial Academy which will equip twenty girls in the Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills region with business, leadership, college and career success.
  • Madre Latina in Waterbury for its Young Representatives of Waterbury program, which is geared to Latina high school students in the city. Participants will learn leadership and civic engagement skills to make change in their community.
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury to support its Women of Color Empowerment Collective. The program will enroll fifteen women of color to focus on leadership and college graduation.
  • Save Girls on F.Y.E.R in Waterbury to support its Leadership Academy Summer Exchange Program. The grant will support additional summer activities for girls participating in the Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. Leadership Academy.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury for support of its Community Doula Project. The grant will enable the organization to provide free doulas to women of color who are birthing in Waterbury and who face financial challenges. This program will work alongside prenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.

Two additional finalists, Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Sustainable CT, received $1,000 for general operating support.