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Community Grants 2019 Cycle 2

December 18, 2019


Conn. – The American Savings Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded 33 grants totaling $114,567 through the Foundation’s new Community Grants program. These grants fund a variety of programs serving several area towns, including Ashford, Bristol, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Middletown, Wethersfield, and Torrington.

Responding to feedback from grantseekers, American Savings Foundation’s new Community Grants program is designed to better respond to a wide range of local needs throughout the 64 towns served by the American Savings Foundation.  In 2019, American Savings Foundation awarded 56 grants totaling $190,567.

The Foundation reviews Community Grants twice a year.  The next deadline for Community Grant requests is February 6, 2020, for decision in March 2020. Learn More

Community Grants announced in December 2019:

$5,000 to A Little Compassion, Inc. to provide job coaching and practical work experience to individuals with autism from Essex, Chester, and Haddam.

$2,500 to the American Cancer Society to provide transportation for individuals who are receiving cancer treatments from throughout the Foundation’s service area.

$1,652 to the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol for docent training to improve engagement with visitors.

$3,500 to Arts for Learning Connecticut for performances, workshops, and professional development sessions with teaching artists at Ashford School.

$4,015 to the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library for a gathering place for individuals experiencing memory loss or mild cognitive impairment.

$1,000 to Best Buddies Connecticut, a social mentoring and inclusion program for students with intellectual and/or development disabilities in Seymour schools.

$3,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Meriden to provide dinner for participants while teaching active listening and social skills.

$5,000 to the Bridge Family Center in West Hartford for workshops designed to encourage families to work together.

$3,000 to Bristol Hospital’s Parent and Child Center  to provide opportunities for fathers and their children to participate in structured activities together.

$5,000 for Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families, Inc. to provide free motivational workshops, monthly follow-up sessions, and weekend retreats for women who have experienced abuse.

$5,000 for Connecticut Radio Information System to produce readings and broadcasts for individuals with visual or reading disabilities throughout the Foundation’s service area.

$2,500 for EdAdvance for the STEPS program at East School in Torrington, to prevent drug and alcohol addiction for youth.

$3,000 to Elena's Light to provide English as a Second Language lessons in Greater Waterbury for women with refugee or immigrant status.

$5,000 for Gifts of Love to provide weekend backpacks with food and necessities for children from New Britain and the Farmington Valley.

$3,000 for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut for the Girlz R.U.L.E. program for 7th grade girls in New Britain.

$5,000 for Greenwoods Counseling Referrals to provide mental health services to clients in the Torrington area who are facing financial barriers.

$5,000 for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc to recruit and train volunteers to teach adults to read, write, and speak English.

$3,500 for MARC Community Resources in to purchase computer equipment with adaptive technology for a computer lab in Waterbury.

$1,000 for Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation to provide basic household needs for formerly homeless individuals served by Middletown's Permanent Supportive Housing program.

$1,000 to the New England Chamber Choir for their 2020 performance season, a series of 10 classical music concerts serving Middlesex County.

$2,500 to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra to provide an in-school music education program to Middletown High School students.

$5,000 for New Opportunities of Greater Waterbury to assist fathers with basic necessities as they transition to safe housing and reengage with their children.

$3,000 to Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown to produce 4 mainstage plays performed by teens and young adults.

$1,000 to the Plainville Wind Ensemble for 3 concerts in their 2020 season.

$2,500 for Read to Grow to provide literacy education packets to the families of babies born at Middlesex Hospital, encouraging parents to read to their babies to support their development.

$5,000 to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center to hold classes in Greater Waterbury to teach everyday citizens techniques to control bleeding in emergency situations.

$2,500 to Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center to teach horsemanship skills that promote emotional and social well-being for youth from Litchfield County.

$5,000 for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries to provide food assistance for families.

$5,000 to St. Vincent DePaul Middletown to provide food assistance, emergency assistance, and outreach services.

$5,000 to the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT to support families in Greater New Britain with various one-time immediate crisis needs.

$5,000 to the United Way of Greater Waterbury to provide one-time financial support to individuals in Greater Waterbury who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.

$3,000 to the Volunteers in Psychotherapy to provide individuals from Berlin, Bloomfield, Bristol, and surrounding towns with private therapy sessions in exchange for volunteer work for the charity of their choice.

$2,400 to the Wethersfield Academy for art lectures and music events in the community.