Washington Friends of Music

In its May grant round, Connecticut Community Foundation awarded a total of $18,800 in sponsorship grants to 23 nonprofit organizations hosting community events in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills in the coming months. The sponsored events included concerts, history tours, fundraising parties, festivals and community celebrations.

Julie Loughran, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation, said, “Our donors’ marvelous generosity has again been turned into grants that will allow more local residents to experience the abundance of cultural, musical, educational and historical gems of our region. Huge thanks to the donors and nonprofit organizations who invigorate Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills for the enjoyment of us all.”

The Foundation awards sponsorship grants of up to $2,500 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, libraries, over-55 communities and/or senior centers for events held in the Foundation’s 21-town service area or to agencies whose programs serve the area.

Marcia Moriarty, house tour docent at the Watertown Historical Society, said, “Connecticut Community Foundation’s generous $1,500 grant will enable the Watertown Historical Society to continue their annual house tour, which is its main source of fundraising. It will also help preserve Watertown’s historical artifacts which are currently being housed in a pod until they can be permanently moved to a new location.  This grant is much appreciated and will be used to benefit the Watertown community for years to come.”

Below are the Foundation’s newest event sponsorship grantees, listed with grant award amounts, events and event dates. Tickets are currently available for many of the events.

  • Town of Warren Parks and Recreation, $1,000: Summer Concert Series, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 18, September 15
  • First Congregational Church, Waterbury, $500: Terrific Tuesdays Concerts, July 10, July 17, July 23, July 31
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, $1,000: Picnic and Pops, July 15
  • Washington Friends of Music, $1,000: Summer Concert Festival, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10
  • Bridgewater Senior Center, $1,000: Patio Party, July 28
  • Naugatuck Historical Society, $500: Historic Home Tour, August 4
  • Pilobolus, $1,000: “Come to Your Senses” Performance, August 11
  • Southbury Land Trust, $1,000: Garden Tour and Party at Pine Meadow Gardens, August 11
  • Friends of Boulder Knoll, $1,000: Farm to Table Dinner, August 16
  • Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, $1,000: Farm to Table Dinner and Auction, August 26
  • StayWell Health Center, $500: Summer’s End Fete, September 1
  • Bridgewater Land Trust, $500: Fun on the Farm, September 8
  • Litchfield Aid of Connecticut Junior Republic, $1,000: High Spirits in the Hills, September 8
  • Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, $500: Fall Celebration, September 15
  • New Milford Historical Society and Museum, $200: An Artist’s Eye on New Milford Art Show, September 21-October 20
  • Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, $1,000: BLUE BASH! A Celebration of Our Water Resources, September 23
  • Watertown Historical Society, $1,500: Watertown Historic House Tour, September 29
  • WOW – Town of Woodbury, $500: Woodbury Fall Street Festival, September 30
  • Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach, $500: Wine and Cheese Recognition Night, October
  • Community Services Council of Woodbury, $1,000: Neighbors for Neighbors Progressive Dinner, October 7
  • Mattatuck Museum, $1,000: MATT By Night: After Hours for 21+ – Halloween Event, October 25
  • Main Street Waterbury, $500: Wine on Main Street, October 27
  • Connecticut Choral Society, $1,074: All is Calm Holiday concert, December

Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications now for its next round of sponsorship grants. Grants are available for events that will take place after October 30, 2018. The deadline to apply is August 17.  Learn more at www.conncf.org/event-sponsorships/.

Photo by Carl Weese: Washington Friends of Music concert