Arts and Culture

  • After School Arts Program (Washington): ASAP! & Children’s Community School Partnership Programming – $10,000 for continued academic-year programming at Waterbury’s Children’s Community School (including support for Metamorphosis Project, Writing, Character Design, Creative Movement, and Yoga). These programs also serve as professional development opportunities for the teachers.
  • Arts & Culture Collaborative of the Waterbury Region (Waterbury) Fiscal Sponsor: Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Backbone Support to Serve the Arts Community – $10,000 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 again, while integrating a more focused approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. ACC will continue its pARTnership program and advance pillars of service to promote, connect, collaborate and advocate for the arts in this 16-town region.
  • City of Waterbury (Office of the Mayor): Make Music Waterbury 2022 – $5,000 for Make Music Waterbury 2022, a part of the international Make Music Day movement, which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. Every year, the celebration is held on June 21 – the summer solstice – in more than 800 communities around the world.
  • LIVE (Waterbury) (fiscal sponsor: Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury): DOE LIVE Curators Camp – $13,500 to connect communities through the transforming power of live art, film & music. Year Two will implement a DOE.Live Curators Camp 2 track system, which will help build a supportive structure for youth to learn artistic (and “arts-adjacent”) professional skills in the entertainment industry (such as content creation, public relations, media training, event production, etc.)
  • Landmark Community Theater (Thomaston): Reboot! Performing Arts Education for Children and Teens – $6,000 to reinstate a new, improved youth education program, including classes, a summer program, a preteen show, and a teen show. Prior to COVID, Landmark had over 125 students participating in its offerings.
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury) Bringing Art to Children’s Community School $15,000 to provide the Children’s Community School’s K-8 students with art education, teaching them various art-making methods and techniques while also giving them the opportunity to improve their literacy and motor skills. The Museum plans to continue offering Mattatuck Minis, Hand crafted Art Journaling, and Capturing Community, and Explorations in Graphic Design at Children’s Community School during the school year. 
  • Northwest CT Arts Council (Torrington): Staff Support for Long Term Strategic Planning – $5,000 for operational funding that will support the creation of a long-term strategic plan (5 years), which will deeply re-examine the organization’s goals & priorities and develop metrics for documenting progress. A short-term strategic plan was assembled prior to the pandemic, but there is a need to factor the many changes (including DEI and gentrification) into a new plan for the future.
  • RiseUP Group (fiscal sponsor for local effort): Waterbury Murals: SKB Memorial – $6,000 to work with the Samuel K Beamon Memorial Scholarship Committee and City of Waterbury to paint a community mural. The community will have opportunities to participate in the project on various community paint days.
  • Seven Angels Theatre (Waterbury): Seven Angels After School – $5,000 to bring after-school acting classes – and the fun, skills and growth in self-confidence that comes with them – to Waterbury Public School students who would not be able to afford them.
  • Shakesperience (Waterbury): Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods (Year 9) – $13,000 for an inter-generational humanities program integrating local history, theatre, music, and art. Shakesperience and its partners engage community members in the creation of a theatrical production, to promote connection, community, and conversation.
  • Waterbury Strong Community Collective (Fiscal Sponsor: Neighborhood Housing Services): Annual Juneteenth Celebration – $10,000 to support a festival that highlights various Black cultures in Waterbury. The celebration unites Black vendors, artists, musicians, speakers, and the community to celebrate the true day of Black freedom in the United States. It will also celebrate the beginning of the Waterbury Black Business Network.
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (Waterbury): Bravo Summer Program 2022 – $15,000 for an intensive music education program for underserved students, which uses music as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change. Program is held during the Summer Bridges Program at Children’s Community School.

Building Equitable Opportunity

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Hartford): Waterbury Community-Based Mentoring – $8,250 to provide one-to-one mentoring between at-risk children/youth, aged 6-18, and volunteer mentors. Pairs meet for 6-10 hours each month to participate in enriching activities and conversations aimed to improve social-emotional and academic outcomes for youth.
  • 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 and youth by reducing barriers to school attendance, school completion and employability. The project’s legal services will reduce barriers for youth reentering Waterbury from justice system facilities, undocumented children and youth, and low-income children and youth, while working with local and state-level systems to develop systemic reforms.
  • Community Culinary School of NW CT (New Milford): Job Training / Hunger Relief – $10,000 to continue to provide job training and hunger relief services for the community as the organization comes out of the pandemic and continues to resume normal operations.
  • Community Partners in Action (Hartford): Waterbury Reentry Welcome Center – $12,716.50 to assist people returning to the community upon their release from prison. The Waterbury Reentry Welcome Center serves as a hub for coordinating referrals and services from many community partners in the Waterbury area.
  • Connecticut Institute for Refugees & Immigrants (Bridgeport): Waterbury Immigration Legal Services – $22,716.50 to provide 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.
  • Connecticut Junior Republic (Litchfield): Work-Based Summer Learning Program – $5,000 to support a summer education and “employment” program for 40 at-risk Waterbury teens who are enrolled in CJR’s school-based Teen Outreach Program during the school year.
  • Literacy Volunteers on the Green (New Milford): Literacy Programs for English Language Learners – $5,918 to support the adult immigrant seeking English language literacy. Acquiring effective communication skills in English is key to prepare for employment opportunities that build personal/family economic security.
  • MC2 Technology (Hartford): Technology Educational Enrichment Program – $10,000 to provide an after-school program for at risk high school students in Waterbury. The program will provide a comprehensive approach with a focus on academics, financial education, entrepreneurial development, and performing arts.
  • Naugatuck Youth Services (Naugatuck): Community Connect – $10,000 to develop a collaborative process between NYS and the Naugatuck school system that will allow for a new way for teachers, counselors, administrators, and the youth service staff to identify and refer students, share information, and inform current interventions to help ensure that all Naugatuck youth get the support they need.
  • New Milford Social Services (New Milford): Financial Literacy Program – $2,000 to enhance the financial sustainability of local residents by offering an educational course encompassing topics to increase their knowledge and skills of money management. The program will be a 36-week virtual course taught in the early evening, after the general workday. It will be held twice a week and cover 9 topics of financial education.
  • Riba Aspira Career Academy (Fiscal Sponsor: Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury) – Program Delivery Support – $25,000 to support the majority of the cost associated with community-based ESL training programs. Part of this grant is also going to be used for three new Childcare Provider Trainings that are going to take place in-person this year. The program will support the development of jobs and career pathways with livable wages, as well as strengthening local childcare resources.  
  • Westover School (Middlebury): Westover Summer Camp – $10,000 to provide 5 full scholarships for students from underserved communities (specifically Waterbury), allowing them access to a program that challenges young women to think independently, embrace diversity, and grow intellectually.

Grassroots Leadership

  • Radical Advocates for Cross-Cultural Education (Waterbury); Fiscal Sponsor – Achieve Hartford!: Waterbury ARPA Advocacy: $12,500 to support community organizing and advocacy efforts around spending ARPA dollars in an equitable and impactful way in Waterbury.
  • Works of Faith (Waterbury); Fiscal Sponsor – Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury: Young Civic Learners Academy: $7,300 to support the Young Civic Learners Academy, which provides local youth with an interactive platform to learn about civic responsibilities such as advocacy, development of laws, voting rights, and decision making. The goals of the program are to increase knowledge about civic life in Waterbury and to encourage engagement amongst young people.

Health and Environmental Justice

  • CT Partnership for Children (Naugatuck): Parent Tool Box-Building Healthy Environments for Families through Case Management – $14,000 to promote equitable opportunities for low income families through case management, parent workshops, and social opportunities for families with young children. CPC will offer a series of Parent Toolboxes that cover areas such as Healthy and Safe Pregnancies: Developmental Awareness for Young Children, What’s for Dinner: Cooking on a Dime, and Feeding your Infant: A Family Choice.
  • Darcey School (Cheshire): Circle of Security Parenting (COSP): $10,000 to support a relationship-based intervention designed to enhance attachment security between parents, teachers, caregivers, and children. The program is an effective way to build healthy attachments and enhance self-regulation thereby increasing school readiness and optimal learning.
  • Food Rescue US (Stamford): Food Rescue US – Northwest CT – $15,000 to support the coordination of daily food rescues and the addition of a part-time Operational Site Coordinator to help manage the growth of the Northwest CT site.
  • Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership (GWHP) – Fiscal sponsor: Staywell Health, Inc. (Waterbury): Improving Maternal Health for Women of Color through Care Coordination – $30,000 to continue the Improving Maternal Health Disparities work in Waterbury and create a larger strategy called the Waterbury Baby Bundle. At the same time, facilitate care coordination in the health system and the build-out of a larger, more culturally responsive community network that can better serve the entire population in need.
  • Madre Latina (Waterbury): Health on Wheels – $12,000 to coordinate health education and cultural awareness activities in a supportive and encouraging environment for Latino families in the Greater Waterbury area.  Madre Latina plans to have at least 100-150 participants through workshops etc.
  • Radical Advocates for Cross-Cultural Education (RACCE) (Waterbury): Youth-Led Air Monitoring and Participatory Action Research Project – $15,000 to enable youth leaders and Waterbury families disproportionately impacted by air pollution and a lack of access to clean and affordable transportation options to develop and deploy local and personal air monitoring plans to strengthen their knowledge of air pollutants and solutions that address local air quality in the South End, Downtown and North End of Waterbury.
  • Waterbury Mutual Aid Company (Waterbury): $12,000 to support a community garden located at Long Hill Bible Church, right next to Davis Gardens (mostly subsidized) and a short distance from Berkeley Heights (WHA), two housing developments with primarily low-income, BIPOC residents. There are no known spaces or support for families at either housing complex to grow their own food.
  • Woman’s Choice Charitable Association (Waterbury): Community Doula Program – $20,000 to provide free and low-cost pregnancy/postpartum support services to Black women in Waterbury, to help combat disparities in Black maternal & infant care.

Pathways for Older Adults

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc. (Southington): Partnership to Expand Access to Care and Support: $7,500 to fund support groups and education programs in Waterbury that are intended to increase rates of service access by those in underrepresented communities.
  • Brass City Harvest (Waterbury): Brass City Cooks Senior Nutrition and Cooking Classes: $10,455 to continue to offer Senior Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Classes in-person and virtually to seniors in Woodbury, Middlebury, Cheshire and Waterbury.
  • Grace Baptist Church (Waterbury): Senior Center Support: $18,000 to fund the purchase of food for the organization’s food pantry which serves 150 older adults each weekend, including deliveries to homebound residents.
  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck): Equine-Assisted Wellness Programs: $8,000 to support programs for older adults, which aim to improve mental agility, alertness and mood through equine-assisted therapeutic activities designed to help older adults thrive as they engage in healthy and safe sensory enriched activities.
  • Naugatuck YMCA (Naugatuck): Senior Exercise and Well-being: $25,000 to continue to provide evidence-based exercise classes, active older adult classes, and social interaction for seniors in the community to encourage healthy living and prevent social isolation.
  • New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury): Chef-on-Site: $6,500 to provide nutritious, affordable meals, as well as opportunities for socialization and engagement to older adults in Southbury and Woodbury Senior Centers.
  • Town of Litchfield, Social Services (Litchfield): Linking Up Litchfield: $2,900 to fund the collecting and gathering of community data specific to older adults programming and resources as part of community conversation and strategic planning process.
  • Town of Roxbury (Roxbury): Resource Booklet: $1,000 to create a resource booklet for the Town’s older adult population. Project stems from a community conversation focused on older adult resources.
  • TheaterWorks (New Milford): Senior Night: $1,652 to host “Senior Nights”, which allows local older adults to attend dress rehearsals of productions free of charge.
  • UR Community Cares (Manchester): Assistance for Older/Disabled Adults: $4,000 to connect older adults to resources and volunteers using the organization’s online platform.
  • Yoga4Change (Hamden): Yoga 4 Healthy Aging: $5,900 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.

Pride in the Hills Advised Fund

  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck): LGBTQ+ Therapeutic Wellness – $3,400 to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community within the 21-town region served by CCF. In small groups, the participants will come together to inspire and support each other through proven equine-assisted activities that build connections, self-confidence, and self-awareness.
  • Merryall Center (New Milford): Program: Merryall Pride 2022 – $3,000 to present weekly concerts at the Merryall Center this Spring, featuring performers representing the rich diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of Naugatuck

  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck): Wellness Programs: Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Services – $20,000 to nurture the mind, body, and spirit through the benefits of therapeutic riding, equine assisted activities, and nature to improve the physical and mental health of sick and infirm residents.
  • Human Resource Development Agency (Naugatuck): Medical Transportation / Socialization – $28,908 to serve Naugatuck residents in need of transportation to medical appointments during the afternoon hours, the same time HRD’s other bus is being used.
  • Naugatuck Ambulance (Naugatuck): Program: Communication Upgrade – $60,000 to provide a much-needed radio upgrade for Naugatuck EMS.
  • Naugatuck YMCA (Naugatuck): Livestrong – $5,000 to support Livestrong, a free evidenced-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. The goal is to offset program costs and continue offering the program at no cost to participants.

Southbury Community Trust Fund

  • PHS Gradnite, Inc: Program (Southbury): PHS Gradnite – $5,000 to provide an all-night celebration that is a fitting capstone to their high school years and keeps seniors safe in a controlled environment free of alcohol and drugs.
  • SMART, Inc. (Southbury): SMART, Inc. – $13,000 to support activities in S.M.A.R.T., Inc’s key areas of focus (Local Prevention Council, Parent University and Community/School based initiatives and resources). SMART will continue to focus on prevention topics as well as on health, wellness, and positive decision-making topics. SMART anticipates delivering parent and student workshops and campaigns.
  • United Church of Christ (Southbury): Elephant in the Room Play Series – $5,000 to invite the New Hampshire Theatry Project (NHTP) to present three plays during the months of October, December and January 2023 at the sanctuary at UCC Southbury. The plays will facilitate community discussions on difficult but important issues. 
  • Whiskers Pet Rescue (Woodbury): Senior to Senior Cat Foster Program – $3,500 to match senior citizens within the community with senior cats and provide vet care and food/litter support (especially people with limited income).

Strengthening Nonprofits

  • Malta House of Care – Waterbury (Waterbury): EPIC Community Connect: $10,000 to fund the purchase of the electronic health record system, EPIC, which will allow for more streamlined care and easy to share information with other entities on the EPIC system like St. Mary’s and Waterbury Hospital in the future.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury): NHSW Re-brand: $16,200 to fund the first re-brand of NHSW in 40 years with the goal of increasing visibility and engagement.
  • Rivera Memorial Foundation (Waterbury): Strategic Planning: $6,000 to develop and implement a strategic plan for the organization.
  • Western CT Area Agency on Aging (Waterbury): Updated Servers: Up to $15,000 to purchase three updates servers for the organization.

Women’s Fund

  • Center for Empowerment and Education (Danbury): Support for Women/Children Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault: $9,194 to support services for victims of domestic violence, including emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, victim advocacy services, hotline services, safety planning and criminal justice/civil legal services in New Milford, Bridgewater, Washington and Roxbury.
  • CNV Help, Inc (Waterbury): Women’s Training & Curriculum: $1,160 to fund new curriculum (Helping Women Recover and Seeking Safety) for the organization’s intensive outpatient program for women. Curriculum is evidence-based and funding includes training for staff.
  • Love 146 (New Haven): CT Survivor Care Program: $11,500 to provide long-term Services, rapid responses, one-time interventions that provide children with information, safety planning, and referral services related to human trafficking.
  • Madre Latina (Waterbury): Changemakers Youth Program: $8,000 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.
  • Safe Haven (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.
  • Save Girls on FYER (Waterbury): SGOF Leadership Academy & Liberation Program – $8,564 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.
  • Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury (Waterbury): Women’s Day Program: $10,000 to support extended shelter stays for single women between October 2022 – April 2023, rather than having women seek shelter with partners who are physically or sexually abusive.
  • Waterbury Youth Services (Waterbury): Child Advocacy Center Bridge Program: $10,000 to support the Child Advocacy Center, an evidence-based trauma treatment mental health intervention for child victims ages 7-17.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association (Waterbury): Community Doula Program – $10,000 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 2022 grant recipients include $21,000 awards to the following organizations:

  • Madre Latina in Waterbury was awarded a $5,000 grant for its Young Representatives of Waterbury program focused on Latina high school students in the city. In addition to teaching leadership and civic engagement skills, Madre Latina will tap into its large network of partners to share and discuss mental health resources, mentor partnering and mindfulness training to decrease anxiety and depression while improving self-esteem.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury received a $5,000 grant to support its Community Doula Project. It will provide free doula services to women of color birthing in Waterbury who face financial challenges. This program works alongside prenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.
  • Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield was awarded a $5,000 grant to support its financial aid program to help women pay for mental health care if they are underinsured or uninsured. The program helps ensure access to the care women need to build resilience, self-efficacy and wellness.
  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck received a $5,000 grant for its Equine-Assisted Trauma Survivors program that will provide services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and trauma. The life skills learned will help participants manage symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety and social isolation.
  • CNV Help, Inc. in Waterbury and Connecticut Renaissance in Shelton were each awarded $500 grants to support general operating expenses.