Grants Awarded in 2020
Area of Greatest Need
Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (Waterbury): Repairs to Food Pantry Building – up to $10,000
Rapid Results Institute, Partnership for Strong Communities: 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness - $3,100
Arts and Culture
Arts & Culture Collaborative of Greater Waterbury (Fiscal Sponsor: Waterbury Chamber Foundation): ACC's pARTnership Program Phase 2 - $5,000
Connecticut Arts Alliance (Fiscal Sponsor: Northwest CT Arts Council): Strategic Plan Implementation - $5,000
Institute for American Indian Studies: Honoring Traditions and Cultivating Nature: Native American Artist Series - $2,520
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 help fund the additional costs associated with preparing for NAEYC accreditation renewal including the site visit, extra staff time, portfolio production, NAEYC fees, and materials.
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.
Children’s Community School (Waterbury): Middle School 2nd Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum - $2,157
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.
Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance (Hartford): General Operating Support for Early Childhood Advocacy- $8,000
To continue support to the Alliance, which works to (1) support early childhood providers as they grapple with the economic impact of COVID (2) inform local early childhood community of important policy to increase advocacy (3) raise awareness of the importance of the first one thousand days in a child’s life.
To support a monthly preschool director to ensure that Naugatuck and local area preschool directors, regardless of NAEYC accreditation, receive support, up to date professional development opportunities and all relevant state information to make informed decisions for their respected schools
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 fund the services of a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) for preschool students within the YMCA’s school readiness program.
To support the expansion of the YMCA’s childcare program to include infant/toddler care.
New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury): Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Social and Emotional Development- $7,370
To support staff development through training that will provide social emotional intervention guidance in early childhood classrooms.
To support the evidence-based literacy intervention for at least 750 Waterbury children in partnership with local pediatric providers.
To provide two new, high-quality books featuring BIPOC characters to each child in grades PK – 2 attending Waterbury Public Schools.
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.
CT Council for Philanthropy (Hartford): CT State Colleges and Universities Childcare Assessment - $3,000
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 the next phase of Brass City Harvest’s Food Hub. The commercial kitchen represents one-half of the facility’s footprint and one-half of the workforce that BCH hopes to develop. This project will enable the fledgling food hub to better pivot and adapt to a permanently-changed business environment while addressing the food security and food system needs of our population.
To provide job readiness training to unemployed adults with substantial barriers to employment, such as lack of formal education or a history of incarceration. This intensive program teaches workplace norms, leadership skills, and public presentation expertise. Participants develop professional goals, write resumes, practice interviewing, and receive placement assistance.
Center for Human Development: CHD Hospitality Center - Helping Homeless in Waterbury Find a Path to Stability - $5,000
To support the CHD Hospitality Center in Waterbury, which helps people experiencing homelessness take care of basic needs so they can move toward stability. It offers guidance and resources to guests as they confront barriers and work to achieve a healthy, balanced life.
To provide affordable, supportive housing and case management services to ensure that area individuals who are homeless (or at risk of homelessness) have safe and affordable housing along with the community supports needed to be economically self-sufficient. Clients include individuals living in poverty, veterans, women and children, and individuals struggling with mental health, addiction, and returning from incarceration.
CT Coalition to End Homelessness (Hartford): Ending Homelessness in the Greater Waterbury Region - $8,000
To continue work to end homelessness in Greater Waterbury, through a shift in focus from work at the larger, regional level to a more focused municipal approach. The NW Coordinated Access Network (CAN), which oversees the homeless service system for the northwest corner of the state will still play a crucial role in this work, but CCEH will work in tandem with those providers, Sustainable CT, and municipal leadership on increased outreach, better youth engagement, public awareness building, and connection of municipal services with homeless response.
Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. (Hartford): JA Project Tomorrows (Waterbury Students) - $10,000
To run the “JA Project Tomorrows” program with Waterbury Public Schools. During the 2020-21 year, JA will train teachers and volunteers to deliver virtual versions of JA’s financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to over 2,000 K-12 students in Waterbury. The program will provide tools that these children can use to strive for financial success and fulfilling careers.
To improve lives in Greater Waterbury by cultivating literacy education opportunities for adults, with the assistance of trained volunteers and community partners. By increasing literacy skills, adult learners are more likely to gain or improve their employment, obtain U.S Citizenship, obtain their Driver’s License and achieve countless other goals to improve their quality of life.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Hartford): Building Family Income and Wealth through Financial Opportunity Centers - $12,000
To support the launch of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) in Waterbury, in partnership with New Opportunities Inc. and Naugatuck Valley Community College. FOCs are a financial empowerment model that provide one-on-one financial coaching and education, employment and career counseling, and low-cost financial products that help build credit, savings, and assets for low- and moderate-income residents. They also connect clients with income supports such as SNAP benefits, utilities assistance, and affordable health insurance.
To hire permanent part-time bilingual staff to comprehensively support the needs of program participants, connecting them to workforce programs, workshops and job opportunities.
To support the collaboration of NHSW and Shekinah Christian Church on the adaptive reuse of a 6-story, 186,000 square foot warehouse building in the north end of Waterbury. This feasibility study will indicate if NHS can move forward with the transformation of this building into 100+ affordable units and mixed-use commercial space. The restoration of this building will create economic growth in the area and provide a home and commercial/retail space to 400+ families/individuals.
To ensure that the Waterbury Family Emergency Shelter is sufficiently staffed. The grant will also provide funding to create and execute a robust staff training program that includes group workshops and education, webinars and individualized professional development plans, to ensure staff are equipped to fulfill the responsibilities of their jobs and better help people get housed. This year, the goal is that approximately 45 families representing 140 individuals will be provided shelter. Over 10,000 bed nights will be used, and 24,000 meals will be provided.
Shelton Economic Development Corporation (Shelton): Naugatuck Valley Corridor/Economic Development District - $5,000
To support the creation of a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Naugatuck Valley Economic Development District, which is required every five years. The importance of the CEDS and the EDD is that it maintains the area’s eligibility and provides opportunities for economic development grants (which have totaled over $5 million in our region since its inception).
To support the Career Builders in Health-Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program: a work skill readiness program that provides the tools, support, work experience, and skills necessary for young people ages 18-24, who are not enrolled in an educational program and are unemployed or very under employed, to earn a CNA Certificate, secure a job, and receive on-going support to further their career in healthcare.
To provide eight weeks of training, mentoring, and summer internships in forestry to eight public high school students (supervised by one college-age Crew Leader) in the greater Waterbury area who are earning their Supervised Agricultural Experience hours through local vocational-agricultural schools.
Connecticut Land Conservation Council (Rockville): Regional Land Trust Advancement Initiative - Developing a Strategic and Comprehensive Conservation Vision - $13,025
To help land trusts and conservation organizations to address the lack of diversity within this sector. In this phase, CLCC will begin to address diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) from an internally-facing perspective, with the goal of guiding land trusts to broaden their outreach in traditionally underserved and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
to help Flanders bring interactive Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) programs to school classes virtually. Curriculum adaptation work, training and new technology equipment are needed to expand Flanders’ NGSS programs to reach more students.*
*Flanders is currently working with Waterbury Public Schools to virtually deliver its “Habitat Comparisons” program to all 1400+ 2nd Grade students in Waterbury this Fall. This work will help to support the review/adaptation of 9 remaining NGSS program curricula.
Housatonic Valley Association (Cornwall Bridge): Permit-Ready Designs for Culvert Replacement Project in Beacon Falls - $2,500
For HVA to partner with Beacon Falls and Trout Unlimited to complete permit-ready design plans for one priority culvert replacement in the Town of Beacon Falls. Design plans will lay the groundwork for replacement construction at a culvert that is fish-friendly and flood-ready.
To expand on the pilot project funded by the Foundation in 2018, which catalogued and mapped the near-lake stormwater structures in the Towns of Warren and Kent. The continuation of this project will include Washington, completing the goal to catalog and map all the catch basins and corresponding outfalls around the entire lake. Data will be shared with the larger Connecticut lake management community.
Naugatuck Valley Project (Waterbury): NVP Waterbury/Naugatuck Environmental Justice Project (Year 2) - $10,000
To support the recruitment and training of concerned residents working towards the clean-up and restoration of 7 properties directly affected by brownfield contamination. Year 2 community organizing work will provide residents in 3 neighborhoods in Waterbury and Naugatuck with bilingual training and educational opportunities to encourage the expeditious clean-up of these properties, as well as to develop a unified community vision for their adaptive reuse.
Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (aka Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust): Partner Stewardship Intern (& Social Justice) - $5,000
To continue the Partner Stewardship Intern Program for a third year and add a social justice component. College aged interns will be paired with high school apprentices to conduct trail maintenance, land stewardship, mapping, and inspections. Conservation partners throughout the CCF service area will be invited to apply for project-based support.
To use a team of 16 youth and two adults to work during the summer for 8 weeks to clean the Naugatuck River and remove debris and trash that gathers in the river. It is a rewarding summer job for local youth that also provides critical environmental lessons while they work.
To provide employment and environmental learning opportunities for students to encourage the next generation of environmental professionals and advocates. The program will foster a sense of responsibility for natural resources and civic engagement with on-the-ground, engaging initiatives that have a direct impact on polluted runoff abatement, pollution prevention and environmental education.
To support two Sustainable CT Fellows working with municipalities in the Foundation’s region. The Fellows assigned to this region will help these towns access and use the free technical assistance from Sustainable CT, assist local towns in registering for the program, and implement sustainability actions for towns seeking Sustainable CT certification.
Radical Advocates for Cross Cultural Education (Waterbury): COVID-19 School Closure Support - $8,000
Community Mental Health Affiliates (New Britain): Support for Waterbury Operations During COVID-19- $5,600
Herbst Eye Research Fund
Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund
Waterbury Youth Services (Waterbury, CT): The Bridging Program of the Child Advocacy Center - $8,500
Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of Naugatuck
Town of Southbury
To fund the purchase of quilting supplies that will be used to make quilts for Southbury cancer patients.
Technology for Organizational Development
Whittemore Youth Travel Fund
Pathway for Older Adults
Brass City Harvest (Waterbury): Brass City Cooks! Senior Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Program- $12,613
Osher Life Long Learning (OLLI) (Waterbury): The Greening of Waterbury- From Planting to Harvest (Year 7)- $7,000
To improve the quality of life for low-income seniors by improving living conditions and remedying home health and safety hazards through home improvement projects.
Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (Waterbury): Expanding Evidence-Based Health Programs in Waterbury (Year 4)- $35,548
To continue to coordinate and run evidence-based Live Well workshops in Waterbury, including Live Well with Diabetes, Live Well with Chronic Disease, and Live Well with Chronic Pain. The program will continue to conduct outreach and programming for Black and Latino older adult communities, which represent a higher portion of seniors living with chronic conditions.