Grants Awarded 2018-10-19T14:22:36+00:00

Arts and Culture

Serving students at Children’s Community School, this program unites students of diverse backgrounds with professional artists, and combines art, nature, writing, and science studies using experiential learning.
To bring together all 600+ students at Rotella Inter-district Magnet School in Waterbury, and with the support of professional teaching artists, create their own large-scale mural honoring family and community members whom the students admire for their work because of accomplishments, work ethic and impact on others.
To support the Arts and Culture Collaborative in serving the Greater Waterbury arts community.
Their plan addresses needs of the Museum and its constituents, including: expanded, above-grade educational studio space for children and adults; increased exhibition space for the Mattatuck’s permanent collection; a larger elevator to move artwork and visitors safely and more efficiently; a more welcoming exterior; enhanced wayfinding within the Museum and completely accessible public spaces; and a stable financial legacy.
To provide free fine art learning opportunities for pre-school administrators, teachers, students and families at the museum. Mini-Masters aims to bring arts education into classrooms by providing teachers and aides with resources and methodology to organize arts activities.
To support weekly art classes at Independence Center in Waterbury, based upon the principle that people diagnosed with mental health conditions need a positive, trusted environment to become engaged.  Their goal is to support artists on their path, deepen relationships with community partners to have a broader impact with the public, and invest in storytelling efforts for new opportunities.
To support the launch of the new Five Senses Festival, which will run in Washington from July-August 2018.  It will offer interactive arts programs and performances that inspire creativity, personal expression, and community bonds. The Foundation’s grant will also support immersive programs, including weekly family workshops, interactive Umbrella Projects, and family performances.
To continue support a collaborative, innovative, multi-year arts program where young people develop interactive performances on the history of Waterbury neighborhoods. Once the plays are created, the young people perform them in neighborhood parks or centralized locations for their families and neighbors.  This year’s program will expand to include a Naugatuck component.
A music education program for underserved students and their families, Bravo! uses music as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change.  This grant will help to sustain the work of Bravo! through an intensive summer program at Children’s Community School in Waterbury.
To engage an estimated 250+ community volunteers of all ages in creating mosaic murals along the YMCA’s facade facing the newly-restored downtown Waterbury Green. Working with Connecticut artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter (who created Waterbury’s “Cool Waters” mosaic), these murals will create an immersive visual arts experience for a large and diverse population.

Cradle to Career

To develop an instructional leader position at the South Main Street Child Development Center to increase the quality of early learning programs.
To provide high-quality legal counsel to indigent children whose parents are embroiled in high-conflict family court disputes regarding custody and visitation.
To continue support for training additional personnel and providing parenting workshops.
To start a mentoring and academic support program for middle and high school black and African-American boys in Waterbury.
To support the second year of a three-year pilot STEM program in conjunction with the New York Academy of Sciences to provide sequential, quality, and engaging programming for girls in grades 4-12.
 To support a six-week, 12-hour diversionary program available to at-risk youth in the Naugatuck area.
To support low-and moderate-income families with basic care items for infants up to age three (diapers, food, educational classes).
To support eight youth that will work with the Glebe House on educational or historical projects relating to each student’s interests.
To continue a reading initiative that fosters a relationship between youth and adults in the intermediate school.
To improve the well-being of youth and the community by building the capacity of enrolled leaders as restorative justice practitioners.
To support robotics a program that engages students in four middle schools and involves a high school/middle school mentorship component.
For academic assistance, skill-building workshops and a stipend for students.

Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment

For domestic violence crisis intervention and long-term services for victims and survivors in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
To support single women to stay inside the shelter between October 2018-May 2019, rather than having women seek shelter with partners who are physically or sexually abusive.
To support crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (150 women and children from six towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills).
To continue to address the impact of interpersonal violence and trauma for at-risk, battered, or sexually abused girls ages 13-18.
To support crisis intervention work, emergency shelter, and individual/group counseling services for women and children from Bridgewater, New Milford, Roxbury and Washington.

Grassroots Leaders

To support twice-weekly workshops for girls experiencing unstable housing at the Salvation Army shelter in Waterbury, in order to teach techniques and share resources to reduce risks associated with lack of stable housing.
To support a six-week series of art classes to homeschooled students in Waterbury and nearby towns, in two parts: Part one focuses on introducing young children to different black or brown artists each week. Part two, for students ages 14 and older, provides instruction in woodworking and artisanal wood carving and sustainable practices.
To support a leadership cohort from the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce in working to change the public perception of Waterbury via tours, history, and a guided bus tour.
To support a girls’ empowerment rally, a one-day event that will consist of six hands-on workshops presented by community members. Topics will include finance, mindfulness, owning and operating small businesses, nutrition, healthy relationships and goal-setting.
To support a community collaborative to celebrate African-American culture, history and progress. Through a series of events held throughout the year, planned events will allow space for dialogue and introspection. A steering committee of community leaders, elected officials, professionals and faith-based leaders will lead the effort.
To support an event on October 13, 2018 that combines music, food, and community in order to 1) help unregistered people register to vote, 2) bring in organizations who can speak on issues that will matter in the election, and 3) excite registered voters by inviting candidates of both parties to come and address voters during a specific time frame.

Healthy Communities

For supplies to be  used to create a sensory treatment room for children who are enrolled in therapeutic and behavioral treatment.
To increase the capacity to serve individuals currently in Suboxone recovery programs, through supportive maintenance and connection to addiction specialists.
To connect Naugatuck and Waterbury K-8 students with healthy foods in school, by providing gardening and cooking lessons, taste testing, improving school meals, and promoting a school-wide culture of health. (Note: Saunders Fund for the Sick & Infirm of Naugatuck funded half of this grant at the level of $15,000. Total funding for the project is $30,000.)
For a training series that will educate and motivate Waterbury residents to advocate for improved health equity and the elimination of health disparities locally.
To provide a six-week therapeutic riding session for nine riders that require occupational therapy from June-July 2018.
To provide information on early detection, health risk and disease reduction to the Latino community through community events.
To fund a group support program for parents with children that have relational and behavioral problems.
To support glucose screenings for New Milford residents, which would lead to referrals to an evidence- based diabetes prevention program at the local YMCA.
To support four outreach events at the Oakville American Legion that will connect low-income veterans to free diabetic and cholesterol screenings, eye dilation, and referral to the LensCrafter’s Operation OneSight initiative.

Naugatuck Health and Wellness

To support 200 participants with over 20 medical diagnosis through equine assisted and therapeutic riding.
To continue afternoon medical transportation to Naugatuck residents, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that Naugatuck’s older adults can remain independent and in the home for as long as possible.
To connect Naugatuck students with healthy foods in school, by providing gardening and cooking lessons, taste testing, improving school meals, and promoting a school-wide culture of health.

Older Adults

To fund overhead costs incurred while serving older people in Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors) programs.
For costs of transporting older people participating in on-site BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors) programs.
For overhead costs including staff, refreshments, art supplies and presenters for programs serving older adults as part of BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors).
For overhead costs (staff) incurred while serving older adults at the senior center.
To assist with overhead costs in serving older adults as part of Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors).
As part of Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors): To fund overhead costs including staff hours, facility, program and printing.
To fund overhead costs incurred through Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors), including instructor fees for tai chi and chair yoga.
To fund a full-time information and benefits specialist to assist older adults in Waterbury with health insurance, financial benefits and programs that foster aging in the community. The specialist would also coordinate the Senior Services Provider Network.
To support instructor and staff costs for a yearlong project of writing and art classes leading to a publication of participants’ works. Monthly open studio sessions offer opportunities for collaboration and peer feedback.
To support offerings for older people that include healthy living classes, computer training and mini-bus day trips.
To support nutrition education, meal planning and healthy cooking classes for older adults at Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors) and housing sites and in surrounding towns. Brass City Harvest also endeavors to implement dietary behavior changes through a peer-led challenge.
To support staff time for weekly social gatherings and to fund food and supplies for monthly luncheons with educational programs. Staff and volunteers monitor the well-being of participants and follow up to address needs.
For the purchase of seeds, plants and gardening materials so that more of the senior center members can plant and harvest their own food in the community garden. Plantings will focus on food “of Hispanic taste” enjoyed by the members. All senior center members can share in the harvest and the cooking classes.
To pilot an intergenerational program with older adults and at-risk youth in order to build mutually rewarding relationships and offer purposeful community engagement for older adults. Funds primarily will support training and ongoing meetings with a clinician in order to enhance understanding and communication.
To support a portion of the coordinator’s salary and uncovered costs for chore workers who help older people age in their own homes (up to three hours per week of assistance is provided).
To provide 14 weeks of stretching and muscle strengthening classes which will also include tasting/recipes for health drinks.
To support staff and program costs of providing two Matter of Balance series to Naugatuck and Beacon Falls residents. Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program shown to reduce fear of falling and enhance fall prevention behaviors.
To support instructor costs for a wide variety of fitness programs for older adults offered at the Y and offsite. Offerings include Enhance Fitness and Livestrong which are specifically evidence-based. A combination of funding sources has made this programming available to all interested members of the community who are 60+.
To cover service and material costs of chores for older adults who are unable to afford the full cost. Volunteers are used when possible to control costs and add a social component to the program. The chores and fix-it projects help people remain in their homes.
To offer nine monthly inspirational presentations from older adults who are pursuing new, enriching interests in the second half of their lives. The Palace is hoping to serve as a community gathering place beyond its traditional productions and these programs will initially target a relatively small audience to encourage interaction.
For part-time staff and supplies to create a network of organizations serving seniors in Southbury. The project goal is to build a unified group that will discuss issues, share ideas and develop a framework for collaboration. The Jewish Federation is helping to spearhead the effort.
To fund rentals and supplies for an intergenerational family weekend and two older adult hikes and picnics. Interest in engaging older adults in active outdoor programming was determined through surveys, community discussions and a successful pilot in August 2017.
For three 12-week art classes (two clay sculpture and one watercolor painting) for older adults. Skilled volunteers will be recruited to assist teachers in order to enlarge class sizes. VCA will partner with New Milford Senior Center for promotion, demos and art exhibits. This is the first Pathways grant to Village Center for the Arts.
To cover publicity, materials and food for a Town Conversation on Aging to update priorities and action steps. Woodbury’s first Town Conversation (May 2013) led to enhanced transportation, a service guide, a housing study and increased intergenerational opportunities. Woodbury is the first town to hold its second Town Conversation on Aging.

Southbury Community Trust Fund

To increase the amount of healthy food, particularly fresh produce, low-fat dairy and whole grain to high poverty areas of Southbury.
To support a drug and alcohol free all-night celebration for the graduates of the high school.
To host a forum on the health concerns related to drinking water from private wells, as they are typically less regulated.
To support the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute’s program, “Names Can Really Hurt Us” which is an anti-bias/anti-bullying program designed to help schools create positive climates through student-centered assemblies.
To support a mission trip that gives youth an opportunity to develop a leadership role through community service.
 To support year-round community outreach and education, including the Local Prevention Council, Parent University, and other community/school based initiatives.
To support supervision over Southbury Farms (formerly known as Southbury Training School), while six area farmers use the land.
To support a mission trip of youth at the parish. The trip provides youth with an opportunity to develop a leadership role through community service.
To support a collaboration between Riverview Cinemas and WSO to put on a silent film, accompanied by live orchestra.
To support a small, high school production to both expand experience with the arts as well as be a capstone project for students pursuing theatre/music.

Technology for Organizational Development

To purchase new software specifically made for court-appointed special advocate organizations that will track all relevant data, allowing the organization to be more effective and efficient.
To provide staff training for new CRM as well as data conversation and migration from old system.
To purchase a laptop and projector for tutor training sessions which are vital to the success of the organization.
To redesign website in order to make it more accessible to the community and museum visitors. Redesign would also allow staff to manage information more easily.
To purchase a cloud-based ticketing system with both marketing and donor tracking capabilities.

Women and Girls

To support a specifically-designed theater program for Waterbury nonprofit Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. (future young educated role models).
To provided continued support to two troops (grades 1-3 and 4-6) at the Boys and Girls Club in Waterbury. Troops will continue to meet weekly for 1.5 hours engaging about 35 girls.
To run a leadership program created to enhance the lives of girls ages 11-17.
To continue to address the impact of interpersonal violence and trauma for at-risk, battered, or sexually abused girls ages 13-18.

Grants Awarded by Women’s Giving Circle

To support mentoring, leadership skills and personal empowerment workshops and activities for girls.
To enhance the college experience and improve retention leading to graduation for a select group of women who, despite overwhelming challenges, demonstrate resilience and tenacity in furthering their education.
To empower girls and women through nature-based activities.
To support a 22-week small group prevention and treatment self-esteem enhancement program for girls 8-18 years-old. They will explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build life skills, connect to resources and develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
To provide crisis services for survivors of sexual assault, including providing women and girls with opportunities to attend alternative therapy programs (yoga, salt caves and music and art).
To support the social-emotional and physical health of Waterbury Public School girls via afterschool programs.
To support an afterschool club for 14 high school girls based on the nationally acclaimed Girls Who Code program. Girls will learn computer software coding in a fun and supportive environment.
To help girls in grades 6-12 learn to code. Girls can learn together in a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models and learn to see themselves as computer scientists. The program is also based on the national Girls Who Code model.

Youth Travel

To support four students (from Waterbury, Southbury, Torrington and Roxbury) in need of financial assistance for the cost of this trip.