Grants Awarded in 2020
Area of Greatest Need
To provide nutritional weekend meals for 130 students in Waterbury’s south end. South Congregational Church collaborates with Washington Elementary School (the local neighborhood school), which provides the church with a number of students who have been identified as experiencing food insecurity at home. Through the Food for Hope program, volunteers assemble about 130 backpacks that are filled with food and bulk items (such as large jars of peanut butter or tuna fish) that help feed the children and their families.
To purchase a new roof, windows, and install a supporting framework for an emergency food pantry building originally purchased in 2015. The pantry, which is an external trailer, needs repairs and additional structural supports due to the weight of food storage and wear and tear on the building. GWIM provides emergency food to low-income and food insecure Waterbury families through their soup kitchen and emergency food pantry. During 2018, Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries provided 173,647 meals for individuals and families.
To support repairs to engine of a bus that provides medical transportation for older adult and disabled Naugatuck residents. Residents ride to physical therapy, chemotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, dialysis, among other critical medical appointments.
To launch one of eight regional “100-Day Challenges” in early 2019 to address the critical issue of youth homelessness in Connecticut, focusing on the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield area. Facilitated by the Rapid Results Institute, regional teams start out by setting ambitious 100-Day Goals and developing innovative plans to achieve them. Insights about the issues being tackled stimulate and inform conversations among leaders to bring about long-term change.
Arts and Culture
Continued support and expansion of the Metamorphosis Project at Waterbury’s Children’s Community School in the fall of 2020. The 4-week program provides experiential hands-on learning that connects art, nature, science, writing, and social studies/ethics, and gives students a deeper understanding of nature and each other.
To provide backbone support to the Arts & Culture Collaborative of Greater Waterbury, which promotes, connects, collaborates and advocates for the arts in a 16-town region of about 300,000.
To support in-prison workshops, projects, and art supply distribution at Cheshire Correctional Institution (and possibly at Mason Youth Institution in Cheshire); assistance and opportunities for artists returning from prison; family connection initiatives through the arts; and research and collaborative partnering for a long-term exhibition and outreach plan, including at least one initial exhibition in downtown Waterbury.
To help reverse the trend in the state’s declining investment in the arts and work and to integrate arts and culture more effectively in state and municipal programs. This grant would help to fund the implementation of CAA’s strategic plan to increase the organization’s programmatic capacity, hire a full-time staff person, and build a stable and sustainable revenue stream.
For girls to utilize repurposed/recycled items, along with their ingenuity, to create innovative, sustainable art. Funding will support an additional program facilitator to assist this growing program.
To host a Native American Artist Series through which regional Native artists can showcase how they preserve, promote, and represent their heritage and traditions. The Museum will offer interactive and discussion-based events featuring contemporary Native artists from throughout the region, culminating with an exhibit featuring artwork from Native artists.
To support equity and wellness programs in Waterbury. LMD intends to provide the community with a series of open mic nights, art galleries, and intensive workshops.
To lead a hand-crafted art journaling class for the Children’s Community School’s third and fourth-graders in the fall of 2020. This program aims to teach artistic expression, social and emotional learning, and literacy through a fun and interactive journaling project, giving students the chance to hone their writing and creative skills. The program will include a professional development component.
For an artistic workshop (in collaboration with Judy Dworin Performance Project) designed to improve mental health and wellness of individuals who have experienced trauma and/or a mental health condition. Through proven techniques for improving mental health, including movement-based exercises, writing, and artistic expression.
For continued support during a time of organizational stabilization and to prepare for future growth.
To purchase tents for OHS’s annual FiberFest and other events for the general public.
To bring after-school acting classes—and the fun, skills and growth in self-confidence that comes with them—to students at Waterbury Public Schools (Driggs and Sprague) who would not be able to afford them.
To support Shakesperience’s work in the upcoming year.
For an intensive music education program for underserved students and their families, which uses music as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change.
Cradle to Career
To support the mentoring program within the region, matching 60 at-risk youth with 60 inspirational adult volunteers.
To provide youth with an opportunity to advance their problem solving, social, and multitasking skills through live broadcasting on digital platforms.
To reduce barriers to school attendance, school completion and employability by providing legal rights training and legal services to youth reentering from justice system facilities, undocumented youth and low-income youth living in homes that lack utility service.
To give an abused or neglected child an independent voice in the child protection system, earnestly advocating for each child’s best interests- with responsibility to investigate and determine best interest for the child help secure safe and permanent placement.
To purchase a subscription to the 2nd Step program for the middle school.
To provide high-quality legal counsel to indigent children whose parents are embroiled in high-conflict family court disputes regarding custody and visitation.
To expand the listening tour of recent and relevant ConnCAN data of Waterbury schools as well as gather feedback from students and families.
To continue collaboration between Naugatuck teachers to ensure a smooth transition from preschool and kindergarten for students.
To prepare inner-city students for college and future careers in S.T.E.M. , legal, business and other fields
To support the outreach efforts of the Youth Council as well as support their travel to the national convention.
To support a college, career, and life readiness after- school program for high school youth, the majority of whom are African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino and almost all are from low income families.
To continue support of SGOF Leadership Academy & liberation on FYER programs, which support girls of color in Waterbury with culturally responsive and identity affirming programming.
To support 12 New Milford families in WeCAHR’s disability work and advocacy program.
To support a study of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (including Naugatuck Valley Community College) to determine feasibility. Note: These dollars will come out of the Cradle to Career Early Care and Education Fund and are not reflected above.
To support a community building event for Waterbury residents during which community members are honored for their service. This event specifically supports single black fathers in the community who receive financial support to attend a parenting certificate program.
To provide virtual support for pregnant moms of color in Waterbury during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond given that many women are experiencing changes and challenges in their pregnancy routines. Dollars will also support the delivery and purchase of reusable cloth diapers.
To support meal distribution to families in need as well as connect parents and caregivers to educational supports available during the crisis. As local and state regulations change, parents will receive updated and relevant information detailing their rights and options during this time.
To support the building out of an infrastructure designed to connect individuals who have expressed an need for a service or product with other individuals who have identified themselves as being able to provide or supply the need. Dollars also go toward stipends for individuals in Waterbury who are triaging local phone hotlines looking for additional financial, nutritional, or medical support.
Herbst Eye Research Fund
To improve the quality of life for Special Olympics’ athletes by optimizing their vision, eye health and visual skills through eye care.
Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund
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.
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.
To support extended shelter stays for single women who are victims or at risk of being victims of domestic violence between October 2020-May 2021.
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.
To support the Child Advocacy Center, an evidence-based trauma treatment mental health intervention for child victims ages 7-17.
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.
Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of Naugatuck
To distribute fruit, vegetables, whole grain and dairy products to food insecure households in Naugatuck.
To support low-income Naugatuck residents who receive services at the Center for Better Hearing, which provides high-quality audiology care.
To support Corps members to work in the Naugatuck Public School System in 2020-2021 and promote healthy eating and education.
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.
To provide Livestrong, an evidence-based program, for adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis and treatment and to cover the cost of new equipment as needed.
To provide local outreach in Naugatuck to new and current uninsured patients receiving dental care.
Town of Southbury
To provide a safe, drug/alcohol free celebration for seniors at Pomperaug High School.
To provide Pomperaug High School staff with the RULER training from Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
To take 30 youth from Southbury to Pilgrim Lodge (a camp) in West Gardiner, Maine on a trip to make repairs.
To provide financial support for families fostering cats by covering the costs related to veterinary services.
For continued support of S.M.A.R.T.’s outreach efforts, particularly the Local Prevention Council, Parent University and Community/School based initiatives. Activities are determined at the beginning of the academic year and reflect the concerns, trends and requests identified by the Council.
To support the Southbury Mobile Pantry that distributes fresh fruits, vegetables, and other groceries directly to residents of high poverty areas.
To provide the local food bank with financial support.
Technology for Organizational Development
To to fund the purchase of security cameras and monitors.
To fund the purchase of hardware and software to serve clients through tele-health.
To fund the purchase of a Surface Pro for organizing efforts during COVID-19.
To fund the purchase of new computers, windows 10, IT service fees to work remotely.
To fund the purchase of new donor management system and data migration.
To fund the purchase of a smart whiteboard, cameras, and computers for online and future programming.
To fund the purchase of a new laptop for data tracking at the Client Choice Food Pantry.
To fund the purchase of new hardware and software critical to operations.
To fund the hardware and software necessary to offer TeleHeath options to clients.
Whittemore Youth Travel Fund
To support the travel to the national convention.
To attention the national convention in Orlando in October.
To build collaborations in greater Waterbury with after school organizations and schools in order to recruit teen girls to participate in the 2021 business and leadership skills programming.
To continue support of a Latina youth leadership and empowerment program, that provides positive health messages, promotes the development of self-esteem, advocacy and leadership skill in Latinas ages 10 to 18.
To continue support of leadership programs for pre-teen and teenage girls from greater Waterbury. Note: The Cradle to Career Committee also supported this grant, for total funding of $13,000.
To support the evidence-based program Girls Circle for girls between the ages of 13-27 from Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Thomaston, Warren and Washington.
Pathway for Older Adults
To provide operating funding to support the YMCA’s ongoing connection with Cheshire older adults during social distancing.
To support the increased cost of meals and staffing during COVID-19 in the following towns: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.
Women’s Giving Circle
Madre Latina in Waterbury was awarded a $7,500 for its “Young Representatives of Waterbury,” a program geared toward Latina high school students in the city. Participants will learn leadership and civic engagement skills to make change in their communities.
Save Girls on F.Y.E.R in Waterbury received a $7,500 grant to support its “Girls on FYRE Leadership Academy” that motivates, inspires and empowers girls of color, ages 11-17, to become Future Young Educated Role Models (FYER) in the city.
LiveGirl in New Canaan was given a $7,500 for its new “Middle School Confidence Club and Camp” to address the COVID-19 mental health crisis at the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club and in a Waterbury middle school. In addition, eight girls from Waterbury will receive scholarships to the 2021 LiveGirl Summer Camp.
Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury received a $7,500 grant for support of the Community Doula Piolet Project. It will provide free doulas to women of color birthing in Waterbury, who face financial challenges. This program will work alongside of prenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.
Greenwoods Counseling and Referrals in Litchfield and Literacy Volunteers on the Green in New Milford were each awarded a $1,250 grant to support general operating expenses.