Healthy Communities

With a grant from Connecticut Community Foundation, Are You Dense and Madre Latina produced a video in Spanish (with English captions) urging women to be smart about breast cancer screening options. A survivor’s poignant story framed the compelling short video.


Healthy communities grants advance community health priorities in the Foundation’s 21 town region, including:

  • access to care

  • prevention and control of chronic disease

  • reduction of health system inequities

  • increased availability of affordable, nutritious food

  • mental health care

  • substance abuse prevention

  • eye health

  • physical fitness


Grant Guidelines and Deadlines

Healthy communities grant proposals are accepted once annually.

Previous Grants

Possible Projects

Initiatives that improve population health, ensure access to quality care, and empower individuals to actively participate in managing their health.

Efforts to expand and connect community resources to work toward a common vision of health that addresses the unique needs of the Foundation’s 21-town region. Promote collaboration from multiple sectors to improve conditions and outcomes related to health and well-being of the region.

Support for community awareness and increased dissemination of evidence-based prevention and chronic disease management programs (may include diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, asthma, falls).

Identification of barriers to implement effective prevention models and development of strategies to address these barriers.

Naugatuck Health and Wellness Grants


Funded by the Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of Naugatuck, these grants support the mental and physical health needs of Naugatuck residents.

Possible Projects

See healthy communties possible projects above.

Previous Grants

2016 grant awards from the Saunders Fund


Guidelines, application, and deadlines

Proposals are accepted once annually.

Eye Research Grants


Funded by the Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Research Fund, these grants promote eye research, enhance community awareness of eye disease and treatment and support ophthalmic educational opportunities for area medical providers.


Grant guidelines, applications and deadlines

Eye research grant proposals are accepted twice per year.

Possible Projects

Community health education on eye disease.

Support for research institutions (preference is given to Connecticut-based research).

Support of education and training for doctors and health care providers involved in eye disease research (preference is given to those based in Connecticut).

Health Data Resources

Greater Waterbury Community Well-Being Profile (2018), produced by the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership in order to promote a better understanding of the critical community well-being needs and opportunities in the region and to highlight some promising practices that are underway to improve community health. Socioeconomic factors, physical environment, clinical care, and health behaviors are all key pieces of well-being, and related information on these factors are included in the report.

Community Health Needs Assessment (2013) produced by the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership: Evaluates the health needs of individuals living in and around Waterbury. The Assessment includes data from a telephone survey of 1,100 community residents, focus groups, interviews and a secondary data analysis.

Statewide Wellbeing Survey (2015) Produced by DataHaven, the survey includes health and well-being survey data of nearly 17,000 Connecticut residents. Covering all cities and towns in Connecticut, this survey may be the most intensive health survey effort conducted in the United States.


Ellen Carter, director of community leadership, at 203.753.1315, x114 or