Grants Awarded in 2018
Area of Greatest Need
To support families from Puerto Rico displaced by the Hurricane Maria in serious danger of becoming homeless because of expiration of FEMA funding for temporary housing, non-permanent housing arrangements with family members, or struggles with medical issues or challenges accessing resources from FEMA.
To support acquisition of Connecticut drivers’ licenses, vital statistics and other important documentation that is needed for individuals displaced by the hurricane in Puerto Rico, to seek employment, housing and benefits.
Arts and Culture
Cradle to Career
To support older foster youth who are aging out of foster care by pairing them with an adult who is committed to playing a supportive role for the youth.
To work with newly elected state and local officials to ensure that policymakers understand the importance of early care and education for Connecticut’s children and communities.
To continue collaboration between Naugatuck teachers to ensure students’ smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten.
To provide a five-week storytelling experience for first grade classes at Bucks Hill Elementary School in Waterbury.
To support Granville Academy students (almost 100% students of color) in the college application process. Funding will support travel and hotel expenses for students’ travel to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina for visits to historically black colleges.
To support a walking literacy program that incorporates picture books displayed in store fronts throughout downtown Naugatuck.
To increase readiness of students entering kindergarten by continuing to strengthen the collaboration between New Milford Public Schools and the New Milford preschool community.
To support the evidence-based Parents as Teachers family support program that serves parents from pregnancy through age five of their child’s life
To prepare Waterbury children to enter school with the foundational skills needed to learn to read, and to prepare parent to support their children’s academic and social well-being.
To fund outside presenters in support of at-risk youth in afterschool programs. Grant funding will enable these activities to increase from once to twice weekly, which has been indicated to increase program attendance rates.
This “backbone grant” supports access to quality, culturally sensitive and evidence-based health information to Greater Waterbury residents and organizations, and supports the coordination of local healthcare services to improve overall community health. The cross-sector partnership focuses on the following priorities: access to care, healthy lifestyles and chronic disease and asthma prevention.
To continue the work of the QUEST Coordinator, which includes training youth providers, providing LGBTQ youth health spaces, and coordinating inclusive public events.
This “backbone grant” aims to develop and guide city-wide strategic direction to help all Waterbury youth succeed in school, work and life. The Bridge to Success partnership includes more than 200 community members representing 97 public and private organizations.
To support the renovation of two buildings on the Rose Hill campus in downtown Waterbury, which will expand the child development program to serve an additional 160 children in preschool readiness and school-age programs.
Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment
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 professional workplace norms and leadership and public presentation skills.
To support the school’s job training for unemployed and under-employed adults leading to career paths in the food service industry. Through job training, students gain valuable hands-on experience and gain opportunities to give back to the community by preparing meals which are donated to the New Milford Food Bank.
To continue collaboration with Waterbury community agencies to implement the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and to provide other assistance for low-wage earners through the Family Economic Success (FES) program.
To support the Coordinated Access Network (CAN) serving Waterbury and surrounding areas. Funding will cover portions of staff time for work building the capacity of the CAN to serve homeless and housing unstable youth in the region, and for serve chronically homeless and homeless families. The goal is to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
To connect families with vital resources for health and basic needs and to provide classes related to household budgeting and nutritious and affordable cooking.
To support GWIM’s soup kitchen and emergency food pantry, which help some of the neediest residents in Waterbury. The programs served more than 342,000 meals in 2018.
For the second year of a three year ($45,000) grant commitment to address the economic and racial inequalities that have devalued the once-vibrant River Baldwin neighborhood.
To support social service, community support, job training and education programs that position Latinas for success in the workforce. Meeting the basic employment needs through strong social networks is a necessary component to sustainable economic security in this community.
To explore the feasibility and scope of work necessary to implement a local “food truck park” (or similar business). This social enterprise will serve as a catalyst of community and economic development creating jobs and a point of interest within the chosen neighborhood.
To support the operation of a temporary emergency shelter for low/no income homeless families with children, and to provide critical staff training.
To enable local high school students to experience professional forestry skills and methods, participate in Wildland and Woodland Stewardship Science, and practice long-term habitat monitoring techniques. Guest presentations by scientists, foresters, ornithologists and wildlife experts will enhance learning.
To foster collaboration among several western Connecticut land trusts and other conservation partners. Participating organizations will gain insights and information necessary to either commit to the establishment of a more formal, collaborative relationship (such as the Regional Conservation Partnership) or commit to a more formal association with an existing partnership or organization in the region.
To support an educational consultant’s work to enhance the environmental education curriculum and related programs for students in grades 3-5 and to enhance partnerships with area school systems.
For the replacement of a high-priority roadstream crossing structure in the town of Washington, Conn. Grant funding will support preliminary designs for a new culvert, which would last longer, improve wildlife access to upstream pathways, and could be used as a regional demonstration project.
To map all of the catch basins and corresponding outfalls around Lake Waramaug, and assess their impact on the lake to better understand evaluate and address polluted storm water runoff into the lake. Collected data will be shared in order to educate the Connecticut lake management community so they can also create cleaner, more sustainable water resources.
To support a speaker series focused on climate change and related environmental issues. The public forum will feature prominent scientists and environmentalists and moderated audience discussions, aiming to increase public awareness, stimulate debate and highlight emerging science and technology.
To combine the strengths of low-income development with the goals of the Sustainable CT movement towards resiliency and climate adaptation in the natural and man-made environment. NWCD will work with town land use agencies and citizens to advance understanding and commitments to promoting and adopting resilient development practices, and will design and build a low impact development demonstration project and signage in each town. Year one (of an envisioned 3-year effort) would focus on Bethlehem and Watertown.
To support Waterbury-area youth in the PAL River Brigade in cleaning the Naugatuck River while inspiring future generations of environmental stewards.
To provide student employment and environmental learning opportunities in order 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 train volunteer monitors to collect data about their lake by conducting water quality monitoring and/or collecting inlet samples. Volunteer monitoring lowers the cost of lake management.
To fund two college-aged interns, who will help support the land stewardship needs of Weantinoge, Bethlehem, Litchfield and Warren Land Trusts. Weantinoge will offer stewardship training and education, housing, equipment and a vehicle to the interns for the duration of the project.
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.
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 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.
Naugatuck Health and Wellness
To support the eight-session Matter of Balance program in Cheshire, Wolcott and Prospect. This evidence-based program focuses on strategies to reduce fear of falling while increasing the activity level of older people.
This “backbone grant” supports the Connecticut Healthy Living Collective, a centralized hub and delivery network dedicated to expansion of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs for older adults.
To continue and expand presentations at community and residential locations by museum staff. teaching artists and docents. Equipment purchased in year one has made it possible to offer mobile tours of the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibits.
To support a portion of salaries for the program coordinator and van driver.
To support a 15-week “Magnificent Mobility” exercise class, which has been a popular, informative and enjoyable exercise program for senior center participants.
To support “Getting It Right” training for staff and key volunteers followed by a movie and panel presentation marketed to the LGBT older adult community. The center aims to build an LGBT-inclusive culture and join the network of LGBT “Moveable Senior Centers.”
To continue providing healthy, affordable, restaurant-quality lunches at Southbury and Woodbury senior centers twice weekly. The Watermark will continue its collaboration.
To purchase garden supplies, materials for raised beds and a solar power system for the OLLI gardens in Fulton Park in Waterbury. OLLI members provide volunteer labor to grow food for distribution to local soup kitchens and food pantries. More than 22,000 pounds of food were distributed in 2018.
To support two 12-week “Connecting with Balance” series at each of the three sites (Litchfield, New Milford and Woodbury), a weekend teacher training intensive, and online instructional videos. “Connecting with Balance” is a series tailored to helping seniors reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement and balance guide participants to maintain and improve balance, think creatively, and build community through social engagement.
To expand implementation of evidence-based healthy aging programming including diabetes and chronic pain self-management and “Matter of Balance.” Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance will be added this year.
For supplies to address 25 Health and Safety Priorities at the homes of low income seniors. Labor is provided by volunteers. In addition to major repair and accessibility projects, they now include a health and safety review of homes.
To continue enhancing the intergenerational play “Waterbury Interactive” as well as developing more artistic pieces that allow older adults to tell their stories.
To support a yearlong strength training and balance class with a certified instructor to 20 participants.
To continue the expansion of LiveWell With Diabetes, LiveWell with Chronic Pain, and Matter of Balance programs in Greater Waterbury.
To fund a portion of the cost of a larger car allowing more rides to be provided. Wheels provides medical rides using volunteer drivers and has the flexibility to travel beyond town borders.
To support exercise classes with different areas of focus and varying levels of challenge. These classes have attracted new members including younger seniors and have enhanced social bonds.
To support weekly chair yoga classes for older adult residents and those with disabilities. Instructors are experienced working with older students including those with pain management needs and other physical problems
Town of Southbury
For a collaborative experience between the art and writing class participants at Arts Escape, culminating in a published collection of work by the students.
To provide students in need of school supplies with backpacks of supplies corresponding to their teacher’s required list of supplies.
To support a drug and alcohol free all-night celebration for the graduates of Pomperaug High School. This is the 27th annual PHS Gradnite.
To purchase ten Google Expedition kits which provide virtual reality experiences for students to develop technological skills. The purchase of additional kits will allow the entire classroom to use the kits at once (the school already has 20 kits).
To provide domestic violence and sexual assault services in Southbury. Funding will ensure a staff person is at the Southbury location Monday through Friday.
To purchase new music. Much of the music for the Heritage Singers is 50 years old and is in very bad condition. The goal is to purchase new music to perform two concert series in 2019.
Technology for Organizational Development
To support the web design and development phases of a top-to-bottom rebranding effort which is a part of larger strategic planning effort. The initiative as a whole positions CLS to expand and improve service delivery; respond more effectively to a quickly-changing landscape; reach more clients; and more successfully recruit private funds.
To replace outdated server for Waterbury office, which is expanding its services. New server will save staff time, allow information to be better shared, offer compatibility and greater security.
To purchase new computers and a HIPPA-compliant shared drive, which will increase efficiency and allow staff to focus more on client care.
To purchase the necessary software for TeleHealth, which will provide access to care for people who struggle to find services.
To purchase e-signature touch screens as part of paperless record keeping, which will save staff time, help with record keeping and save costs.
To purchase a new server which will create efficiencies, increase communication and information sharing and strengthen security.