Northwest Connecticut
Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1144, Torrington, CT 06790
Ph. 860/626-1245  Fax 860/489-7517

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Year-End Critical Needs Grants Now Available
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has allocated up to $60,000 to distribute to public charities and faith-based organizations in its 20-town service area* for year-end critical-needs grants. Grants are made possible through the Draper Foundation Fund, and the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, and through gifts made by an anonymous local donor family.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications for year-end critical-needs grants for local organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents and providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter.

Organizations that provide critical human services can apply for grants online through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website, www.northwestcf.org/grants. Select “Year-End Critical Needs Grants

Applications are due by Friday, October 13, 2017. Grants will be awarded in December 2017.

*Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winsted.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

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Community Partners Collaborate to Release Opioid Report
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, the Foundation for Community Health, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health have published a report on the opioid epidemic and its impact on Northwest Connecticut.

In Northwest Connecticut:
- From 2007 to 2010, arrests for Drug/Narcotic Violations and Drug Equipment Violations in Northwest Connecticut increased by 23.5%.
- Between 2012 and 2016, admissions to Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Opioid addiction treatment have increased by 110% with a 90% increase in new clients.

Almost 20 years ago, fatal overdoses surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Connecticut.  Since 2013, Connecticut has surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses, with over half of Northwest Connecticut towns reporting opioid-related deaths, including Barkhamsted, Hartland, Harwinton, Morris, New Hartford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Washington and Winsted. On average, two people die in Connecticut every day from an Opioid overdose.

In addition to producing this report, our organizations are committed to applying our collective resources and strengths to work together to support current and ongoing efforts to address this epidemic.

Visit https://northwestcf.org/opioid to view the report.
For more information on the Foundation for Community Health, visit http://www.fchealth.org/.
For more information on the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, visit http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/.
For more information on the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, visit https://www.mccallcenterct.org/.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

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Nonprofits Receive $79,045 in late June Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $79,045 during its second grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:
$1,500 to Healing Meals Community Project to support the cost of providing 100% organic meals for 12 weeks at no cost to families in the Foundation’s service area experiencing a health crisis
“Healing Meals also aims to teach clients that nutritious, whole foods can be a foundation for their healing,” said Sarah Leathers, executive director. “The meals are prepared by youth volunteer chefs (ages 14-24) who are learning leadership skills, job readiness skills, nutrition and wellness education and the joy of supporting their community.”

$4,000 to Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to support the creation of CultureConnectNWCT, a pre-packaged webpage that will be distributed to towns within the CF's service area to facilitate real time updates about cultural offerings
“CultureConnectNWCT aims to engage, at first 5, and eventually all 25 towns within its service area in utilizing arts and culture to play an ongoing role in communities,” said Amy Wynn, executive director. “This program will also nurture stronger relationships between the municipalities and NCAC through promotion, scholarships, public projects, and enrichment programs.”

$6,000 to RC Productions, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals) to support the cost of sound design and a music score for “Recovering Community,” a film exploring the roots of drug and alcohol addiction and how communities can play a role in providing lasting solutions
“By offering viewers a unique window into the hardships and triumphs of these marginalized, misunderstood, and stigmatized members of society we aim to highlight the fact that addiction can be understood as a reaction to pain and is best addressed with understanding, compassion, and access to proper treatment,” said Tory Jadow, co-producer, RC Productions

The following is a comprehensive list of 2017 Second Cycle Grants:
Chore Service - $4,500 to support the purchase of BidPal for fundraising (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

CAFTA Connecticut Academy For The Arts - $4,500 to support Summer Art Camp scholarships for low-income students (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Cornwall Conservation Trust, Inc. - $2,775 to support the cost of summer interns to assist with stewardship activities for one week (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Harwinton Historical Society - $1,200 to support speaker fees for seven free programs that are open to the public (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Harwinton Land Conservation - $2,070 challenge grant to support the cost of repaving and expanding the driveway and parking access to Bull Pond Preserve (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Healing Meals Community Project - $1,500 to support the cost of providing 100% organic meals for 12 weeks at no cost to families in the Foundation’s service area experiencing a health crisis (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $2,000 to support program costs for two presentations about the Great Migration to Region One High School students and the general public by Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Little Guild of Saint Francis - $1,500 to support a no-cost public vaccine clinic for dogs (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

McCall Center for Behavioral Health - $1,500 to support the Girls' Circle group program for students at Shepaug Valley School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance - $1,500 to support the cost of three AEDs (from the Robert V. Carr Fund)

Norfolk Historical Society - $1,500 to support the cost of digitizing the Marie Kendall photography archives which will allow for open public access to the entire collection and form the basis of a collaborative local history curriculum in process with Botelle School in Norfolk (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council - $4,000 to support the creation of CultureConnectNWCT, a pre-packaged webpage that will be distributed to towns within the CF's service area to facilitate real time updates about cultural offerings (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Northwest Music Association - $1,500 to support program costs for the 2017 Baroque summer concert series (from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College - $6,000 start-up grant to support the on-campus food pantry and student emergency fund to provide assistance to food insecure students and students facing emergency needs (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities - $7,500 to support the cost of a walk-in cooler and water purifier for the Northwest Connecticut Regional Food Hub (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Prime Time House - $9,000 to support a matching grant awarded for the purchase of a used minivan to transport clients (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund and the Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund)

RC Productions, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals) - $6,000 to support the cost of sound design and a music score for “Recovering Community,” a film exploring the roots of drug and alcohol addiction and how communities can play a role in providing lasting solutions (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Salisbury Sinfonietta - $2,000 to support program costs for an arts education program at Salisbury Central School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Susan B. Anthony Project - $6,500 to support upgraded security and phone systems for the Water Street location (from the Eva M. Coty Fund and the Borghesi Family Fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare (through the fiscal sponsorship of Warren Congregational Church) - $4,000 to support the cost of replacing carpet in the school's hallway and entrance (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Working Lands Alliance (through the fiscal sponsorship of American Farmland Trust) - $8,000 to support the cost of the Farmland Protection Circuit Rider program which provides direct outreach and assistance to land trusts and municipalities to ensure farmland parcels are protected and productive (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

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Draper Foundation Fund Provides
$665,565 in Support of Area Nonprofits
The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, recently awarded area nonprofits $665,565. The Fund awarded $546,750 to 19 designated nonprofits and $118,815 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.

Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:
$15,000.00 to The American Mural Project, to support the Digital Content Development Project which will provide an extensive archive of digital material to use for exhibit tours, on-line education and communications.
“A grant…will help staff and professionals document the important stories behind the creation of the mural, creating prototypes for additional digital content in the future,” said Ellen Griesedieck, artistic director and president. “These documentary interviews will contribute to the creation of multi-media educational programs and a compelling exhibition experience for our audiences using the best digital resources available.”

$15,830.00 to Community Kitchen of Torrington, to support the engagement of a consultant to create a strategic plan for long-term sustainability.
“We look forward to examining our present operations from seeking funds, providing meals, to attracting more volunteers,” said Debra Brown, co-president of the board of directors. “We hope that a strategic planner can help us determine how best to sustain all aspects of our mission.”

$3,500.00 to FISH of Northwestern Connecticut, to support the purchase of a new business telephone system.
“As we experienced and examined our phone communications challenges, we recognize both the human needs factor and economic advantages,” said Deirdre DiCara, executive director. “We believe the telephone system change will prove to make the agency more user friendly and efficient...Dealing with emergencies, behavioral issues in the Shelter, and questions from the public and donors, should make our response time more nimble to those we serve.”

$14,200.00 to Winsted Family Resource Center, to support the purchase of office furniture, home visit books, books and supplies for School Readiness bags, and a camera.
“Our surveys indicate that the parents are using the materials regularly to support their child's learning and readiness for the rigors of kindergarten,” said Ruthann Horvay, director. “Our Free/Reduced Lunch rate has increased dramatically over the past few years up to 64.9% presently at the Batcheller Early Education Center, suggesting that families may not have the resources to purchase these items on their own.”

The following is a complete list of nonprofit organizations that received donor-advised grants from The Draper Foundation Fund:
The American Mural Project - $15,000.00 to support the Digital Content Development Project which will provide an extensive archive of digital material to use for exhibit tours, on-line education and communications.

Community Kitchen of Torrington - $15,830.00 to support the engagement of a consultant to create a strategic plan for long-term sustainability.

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities - $50,000.00 to support the cost of replacing a handicap accessible van used to transport clients to public areas for training with their service dogs.

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut - $3,500.00 to support the purchase of a new business telephone system.

New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County - $7,900.00 to support the purchase of commercial washers and dryers, a business telephone system, two computers and a security system.

Winchester Youth Service Bureau - $6,385.00 to support construction of two portable changing room buildings for Rising Star Camp.

Winsted Area Child Care Center - $6,000.00 to support the cost of purchasing selected items from the recently closed First Church Children's Discovery Center, as well as two KinderVans and 10 art easels.

Winsted Family Resource Center - $14,200.00 to support the purchase of office furniture, home visit books, books and supplies for School Readiness bags, and a camera.

The following nonprofits designated by the Draper Foundation Fund receive awards bi-annually:
Beardsley & Memorial Library
Colebrook Associates, Inc.
Colebrook Congregational Church
Colebrook Historical Society, Inc.
Cornell University for the Cornell Feline Health Center College of Veterinary Medicine
W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation
Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Little Guild of St. Francis
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwest CT YMCA
The Salvation Army
Tufts University, School of Veterinarian Medicine
The University of CT Foundation, Inc.
Vivisection Investigation League, a/k/a The Last Post
We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc.
Winchester Youth Service Bureau
Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc.
Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.

A $30-million endowment from the estate of Jim and Shirley Draper of Colebrook, The Draper Foundation Fund represents the largest single gift in the Community Foundation’s history and one of the largest single gifts on record to a community foundation in the state of Connecticut. The Fund, which has grown to $35 million benefits mainly local charitable organizations by making yearly awards to nonprofits designated by the Drapers, as well as through annual donor-advised grants, such as those listed above.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $87 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $4.2 million.

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Community Foundation congratulates the 2017 LEAP graduates
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and Danosky & Associates, LLC congratulates seven new graduates of the Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) program. The graduates completed the intensive eight-week program designed toward building skills in all areas of nonprofit leadership.

Consisting of 7 three-hour sessions and 1 six-hour session, the eight-week program is designed to build a foundation of skills and awareness for nonprofit professionals. Facilitators share their experience, expertise, and insights while engaging participants in presentations, group discussions, research and case study analysis, simulations, home assignments, and action-planning activities that explore leadership, board governance, finance management, human resources, fundraising and budgeting.

LEAP 2017
Graduates of the 2017 class include (from left to right) Rachel Tway-Grant of Winsted Area Child Care Center, Michelle Anderson of EdAdvance, Lori Paradis Brant of Steep Rock Association, Elena Simoes formerly of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA, Dawn Whalen of Norfolk Foundation, Sarah Leathers of Healing Meals Project and Eileen Marriott of KidsPlay Children’s Museum.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

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Northwest Connecticut Students Awarded Scholarships
Area students have been awarded $154,050 in scholarships and awards for the 2017-2018 academic year through funds held at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. The following students have been awarded scholarships:

KHURSHED BHUMGARA FUND
Breanna Fleet (Warren)
Alexander Mendez (Litchfield)
Brooke Neller (Litchfield)
Mateo Tiul (Litchfield)
Colby Weik (Morris)

DIANE AND JEFF JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP
Mackenzie Ives (Goshen)
Kailey Truczinskas (Goshen)

APOLONIA STANULIS SCHOLARSHIP
Garrett Conaghan (Northfield)
Corey Creedon (Litchfield)
Olivia DeFiore (Litchfield)
John Donnelly (Litchfield)
Mackenzie Fischer (Litchfield)
Lydia Hanlon (Northfield)
Mae Mathews (Morris)
Sara Mitnik (Litchfield)
Andrew Shepherd (Goshen)
Ana Tiul (Litchfield)
Eric Warner (Northfield)
Melissa Woodruff (Morris)

TORRINGTON UNICO RT. REVEREND MONSIGNOR
WILLIAM BOTTICELLI SCHOLARSHIP
Lydia Hanlon (Northfield)

TORRINGTON UNICO ERICO MAROLA SCHOLARSHIP
Christopher Schullery (Warren)

2018-2019 Scholarship information will be available at www.northwestcf.org/scholarships in January 2018.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million. For more information please call 860.626.1245, x.114 or visit www.northwestcf.org.

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Women & Girls Fund Supports
Single Working Mothers, Career Planning
The Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded $9,600 in support of local organizations that are working to build economic self-sufficiency for single working mothers and assist young women with career planning and employment skills.

- Bakerville Library was awarded $1,650 in support of program costs for day-long conference Be All You Can Be
“The purpose of the conference is to encourage the girls to think about their plans for the future and to have a better understanding of the opportunities available to them after middle school and high school,” said Bakerville Library Board Chair Kathy Kinane. “The program focus is empowerment so they feel confident enough to follow any career path they are interested in.”

- LARC was awarded $3,000 to support Camp Moe scholarships for children of single mothers
“Affordable childcare that keeps children safe, healthy and engaged is logistically very difficult for many single working mothers,” said LARC Executive Director Larry Cassella. “Many who cannot afford summer programs are forced to put together care from other family members, or leave children alone…Knowing their children are safe and happy, [single] mothers will be able to remain in the workplace during the summer months.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2017 Women & Girls Fund Grants:
Bakerville Library - $1,650 in support of program costs for day-long conference Be All You Can Be

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $700 in support of the Summer Internship program

Kent Community Nursery School, Inc. - $1,750 in support of scholarships for children of single mothers

LARC - $3,000 in support of Camp Moe scholarships for children of single mothers

Northwest Connecticut YMCA - Winsted Branch - $750 in support of the purchase of educational software and textbooks for a mother/daughter English-as a-second-language program

Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc. - $1,750 in support of scholarships for a preschool program and the BASE summer program for children of single working mothers

Established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded more than $60,000 to organizations that work to help women and girls develop skills, attain economic security, and improve their quality of life.

In recent years, the Fund has awarded grants to support childcare scholarships for working mothers, assist unemployed women to enter the workforce, provide automobiles to working women who need transportation, enhance economic opportunities and promote self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships, support art therapy for mothers and daughters, and fund leadership and assertiveness workshops for high school girls.

For more information about The Women & Girls Fund or to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.cfnwct.org/womenandgirls

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Nonprofits Receive $92,450 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 27 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $92,450 during its first grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

$5,000 to Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund to support increased access to free bilingual legal services for low-to-moderate income and marginalized residents in the Community Foundation's service area

"Without CWEALF's unique services, many residents would be left to navigate the legal system on their own," said Kate C. Farrar, executive director.

"A high percentage of clients who call us from the Northwestern area are low-income women with concerns regarding divorce, child support, sexual harassment at work, employment discrimination, housing, immigration, and domestic violence.

"The ability to understand and pursue rights and follow a concrete path to resolve their issues can be the difference between poverty and economic stability."
$1,400 to David M. Hunt Library to support he construction and maintenance of a Little Free Library in Falls Village

"Promoting literacy; cultivating a 'sharing culture', one where money is not needed to access informational and educational resources; and fostering community relationships are all central to the goals of both the Hunt Library and the Little Free Library movement," said Meg Sher, assistant director.
$1,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. to support the Brush with Kindness program which provides free interior and exterior painting services

"The goal is to create a new program to aid our local communities' less fortunate residents in maintaining the interior and exterior of their homes from a paint perspective, and to provide volunteer opportunities for the multitude of eager (but perhaps less skilled in construction) individuals who are always offering their services," said Bob Whelan, executive director.

The following is a comprehensive list of 2017 First Cycle Grants:

After School Arts Program, Inc. - $2,625 to support round-trip transportation for 36 at-risk Torrington-based students attending ASAP!'s 2-week summer arts programs (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) - $5,000.00 challenge grant to support replacement of the flooring in the multi-purpose community room/theatre (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund - $5,000.00 to support increased access to free bilingual legal services for low-to-moderate income and marginalized residents in the Community Foundation's service area (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Cornwall Historical Society - $2,100.00 to support printing, copying, supplies and promotional costs for an exhibit exploring the history of industry in Cornwall and surrounding communities (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)

Cornwall Historical Society - $1,800.00 to support speaker fees for a colloquium and exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall (from the Marget C. Tupper Fund)

David M. Hunt Library - $1,500.00 to support the design and implementation of a new website (from the Robert V.Carr Fund)

David M. Hunt Library - $1,400.00 to support the construction and maintenance of a Little Free Library in Falls Village (from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

EdAdvance - $5,400.00 to support the purchase of 20 iPads with case and stylus for the School Fuel program for 20 low-to-moderate income families with approximately 60 children who attend Torringford and Vogel-Wetmore Schools in Torrington (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Family Strides, Inc. - $7,200.00 to support a pilot program in Torrington for the One Key Question initiative, a collaboration addressing pre-conception reproductive health in order to improve birth outcomes (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Food Rescue US - $5,000.00 to support the launch of Food Rescue US in Northwest CT, an innovative platform for food rescue and delivery to organizations serving the food-insecure population (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Goshen Historical Society, Inc. - $5,300.00 to support ceiling repairs and insulation (from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund)

Goshen Players - $2,500.00 to support replacement of the front walkway (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. - $1,500.00 to support the Brush with Kindness program which provides free interior and exterior painting services (from the General Fund)

Harwinton Ambulance Association, Inc. - $1,660.00 to support the purchase of two scoop stretchers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Harwinton Land Trust - $1,480.00 to support the purchase of plants for several land trust properties to provide shoreline stabilization, reforestation, and visual buffers (from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Helping Hands Chore Service - $1,500.00 to support the cost of transportation services to medical appointments and outpatient facilities for seniors (from the John Brooks Fund and the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau - $1,000.00 to support professional development training for local mental health care providers (from the Brooks Bank Fund)

Kent Historical Society - $1,500.00 to support the printing of maps and storyboards as part of an exhibit about the founding of the town of Kent (from the Fleet General Fund and the Marion Isabell Coe Fund)

KidsPlay Children's Museum - $10,000.00 to support additional video monitoring equipment to cover the expanded exhibit and programming space (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Norfolk Land Trust - $920.00 to support the purchase of two iPads and a card reader to take on site donations and help with property monitoring (from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

School on the Green - $1,200.00 to support the purchase of block sets to incorporate more structured block play into the preschool curriculum (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Steep Rock Association - $1,500.00 to support the creation and operation of a M.A.P.S. bird banding station in the Shepaug Forest Block Important Bird Area, in collaboration with Audubon Sharon (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc. - $1,000.00 to support the cost of childcare and translators to remove barriers for participants in the Parent Project, a free 10-week program provided through DCF to assist parents and teenagers experiencing high levels of conflict (from the Torrington Club Fund)

Torrington Historical Society - $7,000.00 to support the cost of curved window-glass replacement and painting as part of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum Bedroom Restoration project (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $1,665.00 to support the project coordinator, construction of the finish line and booklets for the KidsMarathon Final Mile culminating event at Torrington High School (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Trout Unlimited, Inc. - $1,900.00 to support planning and implementation of the Salmon Creek Watershed Festival (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Winchester Land Trust - $6,500.00 to support the demolition of a building on TorWin Farm property (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc. - $3,300.00 to support the purchase of 10 iPad Minis with cases and 4 iTunes cards to acquire educational applications for the Before and After School program (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Winsted Senior Center (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Winchester) - $4,000.00 to support the replacement of 50 chairs in the Senior Center (from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund)

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $87 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $4.2 million.

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Community Foundation Relocation
April 5, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has voted to relocate the Community Foundation from 32 City Hall Ave. in Torrington, Connecticut to 33 East Main Street in Torrington, Connecticut. The move is scheduled to take place during the summer of 2017.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has a rich history of building and facilitating philanthropy in Northwest Connecticut. Remaining in downtown Torrington is a reaffirmation of our commitment to supporting this vital regional commercial center and remaining centrally located for the convenience of Northwest Corner nonprofits, donors and volunteers in our 20- town service area from Salisbury to Harwinton, and New Hartford to Kent that partner with the Community Foundation to improve community welfare.

Founded in 1969 through a $15,000 gift from the Torrington Club, the Community Foundation's assets have grown to $90 million. In 2016 alone, the Community Foundation supported the Northwest Corner with more than $3 million in grants and scholarships. This robust growth comes hand in hand with an immediate need to expand Community Foundation workspace to accommodate ever-increasing grant making, improvements in philanthropic services, and the continued work of convening nonprofit and community leaders to address emerging challenges in our service area. The relocation to 33 East Main Street will provide greater visibility for us in the community and an additional 1,200 square feet of office space.

The 33 East Main Street location was selected by the Community Foundation's Board of Directors after a five-year search that involved a study of requisite Community Foundation operational needs, growth projections, an extensive market analysis, and on-site inspections of thirteen commercial properties in the area. The property is owned by Allen Associates, LLC, a Torrington-based company. Guy Rovezzi, President of the Foundation, is a partner of Allen Associates, but did not participate in either the selection of or the negotiation for the site of the Community Foundation's new location.

The Community Foundation Board would like to acknowledge that the decision to relocate to 33 East Main was made possible largely through the generosity of Allen Associates. The Community Foundation will benefit from a 42% reduction from the historical lease cost; further, Allen Associates has agreed to bear the cost of over $150,000 in improvements to the space. Market studies have confirmed that the square-foot rates that we were offered are significantly below market rates for comparable commercial space. The committee completed extensive market analysis and reviewed more than a dozen commercial properties.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to relocate the Community Foundation offices to the new location based on:
- A desire to recognize and honor its heritage by remaining in downtown Torrington.
- A commitment to being centrally located for the convenience of Northwest Corner nonprofits, donors, and volunteers.
- Financial considerations, including a 42% discount off the historical lease cost for the space and more than $150,000 in lease hold improvements at no additional cost.
- Market studies that confirm that the square-foot lease rates are significantly below market rates for comparable commercial space.

Facts:
- The move provides 1,200 more square feet of space with work space for additional employees as well as two meeting rooms.
- The new location is easier to locate and features convenient parking.
- The larger space and renovation to accommodate the Community Foundation was made possible by the generosity of Allen Associates LLC, which is owned by longtime Northwest, CT community members.
- Occupancy costs associated with the new space are consistent or below occupancy costs for Community Foundations across Southern New England and are less per square foot than the Community Foundation's current location.

Quotes:
"Diligent research resulted in acquiring highly visible space at very favorable lease terms in the current market that will fulfill the current and growing needs of the Community Foundation," said Douglas O'Connell, Community Foundation Board Chair

"Great credit is due to the committee for searching throughout the area seeking appropriate space to accommodate the needs of our growing foundation," said Jeff Lalonde, former president of the Torrington Savings Bank and chair of the Relocation Committee. "It was agreed that the East Main Street location provided a very favorable lease opportunity in the current market and the needed footprint for the growth of the Foundation."

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Community Foundation Awards
More Than $84,400 in Summer Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to
 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $84,400 during its
second grant cycle of 2016. The Community Foundation makes grants
 to local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.

Noteworthy among the recent include:

$7,000 to Danielle Mailer Gallery, LLC
through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
to support the final phase of work and installation of the Fish Tales mural in Torrington.

“The City’s revitalization efforts are only bolstered through this partnership,
and the community benefits by being continuously exposed to high-quality art
that will improve the perception of the City, foster pride, and educate the public
about the creative economy for decades to come,” said Danielle Mailer.

$1,500 to Hotchkiss Library of Sharon
to support the cost of literacy packets presented
to all families of babies born at Sharon Hospital.

“This grant helps us to promote literacy and a lifelong love of reading,”
said Robin Yuran, Co-Executive Director. “Recipients of our packet are
encouraged to visit libraries, read to their children and help their children learn.
Research shows that early literacy is vital for success.
Being read to from the earliest time possible is the most effective
way to attain a larger vocabulary, a predictor of success.”

$1,000 to Torrington Police Activities League
- to support the cost of supplies for the
Dress for Success Back to School Clothing/School Supply Event

“…the average family typically spends about $400-$600 a child in
 back to school supplies and clothes.  For the working poor, especially
single parent families, this is a staggering cost to an
already tight budget,” said Lindsay Raymond, Executive Director.

“Many of the families tell us each year how this little thing-- making
new underwear and socks available, providing book bags with supplies
and the two bags of clothes were the little bit that helped
 their family get through the tough back to school time.”

The following is a comprehensive list of 2016 Second Cycle Grants:

CAFTA (Connecticut Academy For The Arts) - $5,500
to support Summer Art Camp scholarships for low-income
students in the Community Foundation’s service area
(from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Church of Christ, Norfolk - $5,000
to support repair and restoration of Tiffany
stained glass windows in Battell Chapel
(from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)

Connecticut Council Philanthropy - $10,000
 in two installments, to support the Working Cities Challenge
(from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Danielle Mailer Gallery, LLC - $7,000
(through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council)
to support the final phase of work and installation of the Fish Tales mural
(from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

FIRST Robotics Team NRG 4055 - $5,400
(through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Regional 7 High School)
to support the cost of parts and refurbishment for a milling
machine and replacement drill press and band saw
(from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Goshen Community Care and Hospice - $2,000
to support the cost of two portable folding aluminum
wheelchair ramps and two walkers with wheels and baskets
(from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

Harwinton Public Library - $3,775
(through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Harwinton)
to support the purchase of a second
A.W.E. Early Literacy station computer
(from the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund)

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - $1,500
to support the cost of literacy packets presented to all families of
babies born at Sharon Hospital (from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund)

Little Red Schoolhouse Association of Winchester - $2,500
challenge grant to support the cost of roof
replacement (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Norfolk Land Trust - $5,000
to support part of the acquisition costs
of a 25-acre parcel on Hall Meadow Brook
(from the Keroden Endowed Fund and the
Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of the Eastern Star Fund)

Northwest CT YMCA - $1,500
to support the cost of Fit Together's 5-2-1-0
and farm-to-school program initiatives for
 grades K-5 in the Torrington Public Schools
(from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

Partners For Sustainable Healthy Communities - $10,000
to support preparation of a detailed
 implementation plan for a regional food hub
(from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund; total grant $50,000
 with $40,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund)

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - $5,000
to support the cost of healthcare services for low-income patients
who qualify for Planned Parenthood's Torrington Fund for Access
(from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton, Inc. - $1,500
to support therapeutic riding lessons for children in the Community Foundation's
service area (from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

St. Francis Church - $1,500
to support the cost of plumbing valves and
other plumbing parts in their community buildings
(from the Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund)

Torrington Police Activities League - $1,000
to support the cost of supplies for the Dress for Success Back to School
Clothing/School Supply Event (from the Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund)

Torrington Police Activities League - $1,500
to support the cost of summer camp for low-income,
at-risk youth (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Torrington Public Schools - $4,800
to support the cost of shelving and other supplies to provide space
for a Community Family Learning Center at KidsPlay Children’s Museum
 (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Warren Church Community Childcare - $4,000
(through the fiscal sponsorship of Warren Congregational Church)
to support the cost of carpet replacement in the infant
and toddler rooms (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Wellspring Foundation - $2,000
to support the cost of replacement furniture for the
main reception area (from the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund)

Women's Support Services - $1,500
to support the cost of a new computer server
(from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund)

YMCA Camp Mohawk - $2,500
to support camp scholarships for low-income girls
 in the Community Foundation’s service area
 (from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut.
Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds,
has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $80 million.
Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $4.3 million.

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Northwest Connecticut Students Awarded Scholarships
Area students have been awarded $133,225 in scholarships and awards
 for the 2016-2017 academic year through funds held at the
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.
The following students have been awarded scholarships:

ANTHONY "FRANK" AMICONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ciara Pray (Torrington)

RUSSELL ANDERSON, CARMEN BROOKS ANDERSON,
AND HENRY VAIL BROOKS SCHOLARSHIP
Stephanie Bishop (Torrington)
Alexa Capasso (Torrington)
Sima El-Ayoub (Torrington)
Emily Etchegary (Torrington)
Shelby Howe (Torrington)
Christopher Karpeichik (Torrington)
Bang Lam (Torrington)
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)
Ciara Pray (Torrington)
Nasrin Pretty (Torrington)
Andrew Spielman (Torrington)
Payton Welch (Torrington)
Tylar Young (Torrington)

STEPHEN G. ANDRE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Matthew Calabrese (Torrington)

REGINA TATE BALFE MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Jennifer Zheng (Torrington)

BETSY L. BERTOLI SCHOLARSHIP
Jacob Galeazzi (Torrington)

KHURSHED BHUMGARA FUND
Roger Aiudi (Winsted)
Jessica Bielefield (Torrington)
Emma Bixler (Goshen)
Trevor Dakers (North Canaan)
Benjamin Hill (North Canaan)
Mackenzie Ives (Goshen)
Mary Kelley (Winsted)
Elena Kennedy (Litchfield)
Abigail LaFontan (Kent)
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)
Nicholas LaMothe (Torrington)
Kendra Madia (Torrington)
Cierra McGowan (Torrington)
Alexander Mendez (Litchfield)
Jeanine Moreau (Litchfield)
Arielle Oemcke (New Hartford)
Shea Reynolds (Torrington)
Kaitlyn Richard (Torrington)
Kasey Roscello (Torrington)
Pamela Anne Solis (Litchfield)
Stephanie Speaker (Torrington)
Lea Vedovelli (Litchfield)

MAE CASALI BONVICINI SCHOLARSHIP
Elizabeth Garcia (Torrington)
Jade Kelly (Torrington)
Jennifer Zheng (Torrington)

JACK & RUTH CALDER SCHOLARSHIP
Rebecca Nordland (Litchfield)

ERMAN CAVAGNERO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ella Frauenhofer (Torrington)

STEVEN A. CHUPKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Sarah Buckingham (Washington)

FRED J. COFFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Christina Prinssen (Torrington)

SHAWN COLLINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Cierra McGowan (Torrington)

TIM CONSIDINE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Connor Finn (Torrington)
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)

DICK COOKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Connor Finn (Torrington)

EVA M. COTY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)

HELEN H. DAUTRICH SCHOLARSHIP
Justin Wheeler (Torrington)

EDWARD W. DISKAVICH SCHOLARSHIP
Matthew Calabrese (Torrington)
Ashley Coon (Sharon)
Abigail Cowles (Litchfield)
Christopher Karpeichik (Torrington)
Zachary Mancini (Torrington)
Emily O'Hara (Litchfield)
Elizabeth Ollero (Harwinton)
Nicholas Pedrolini (New Hartford)
Andrew Spielman (Torrington)
Richard Traub (New Hartford

CORNELIUS DONAHUE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Connor Finn (Torrington)

ROBERT G. DOYLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ashley Dowd (Torrington)

FRANCES H. DUCCI SCHOLARSHIP
Devyn Bartosiewicz (Torrington)
Nicole Boachie (Torrington)
Kalina Lapenta (Litchfield)
Clelia Tufts (Sharon)

EAST SCHOOL PTO ROBERT KELLY SCHOLARSHIP
Mattheu Groebl (Torrington)

ELIZABETH & SANTO FAINELLI SCHOLARSHIP
Nicolette Marinelli (Torrington)

KATHLEEN T. FINN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Nasrin Pretty (Torrington)

CHARLES AND PIERINA FOSSATI SCHOLARSHIP
Paulina Koloda (Torrington)

BOB AND RAY GOOD SCHOLARSHIP
Connor Finn (Torrington)

FLORENCE HAKALSKI SCHOLARSHIP
Nicole Boachie (Torrington)

MICHAEL G. HASCHAK SCHOLARSHIP
Mitchell Gesmondi (Torrington)

DIANE AND JEFF JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP
Kristen Kandefer (Goshen)
Andrew Shepherd (Goshen)

ROBERT C. & MARGARET G. LIZOTTE ART SCHOLARSHIP
Emily Mitchell (Torrington)

JULIA MCDONNELL/HENRY FRIES SCHOLARSHIP
Morgan Kolukisa (Torrington)

FRANK "FRANKIE" J. MCGOWAN, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Nicholas West (Torrington)

JOHN A. AND ANN K. METTLING SCHOLARSHIP
Rachel Inman (Torrington)

JAMES MURPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Tatiana Burke (Torrington)

VICTOR MUSCHELL, SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Amore Berger (Torrington)

NORTH SCHOOL PTO SCHOLARSHIP
Nicole Boachie (Torrington)

CHUCK PATAKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jennifer Zheng (Torrington)

PIEMONTESE CLUB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Kaylee Lanczycki (Torrington)

MICHELE FARLEY PITTLER SCHOLARSHIP
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)
Nasrin Pretty (Torrington)

FRIENDS OF JOHN PONTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Stefan Laforge (Torrington)
Nathan Manchester (Torrington)
Nicholas McGough (Burlington)
Kara Schatz (Burlington)

LEONARD RENDINO SCHOLARSHIP
Joseph Lucia (Torrington)

JOSEPH AND BERNICE REPAS SCHOLARSHIP
Christina Prinssen (Torrington)

MARGARET RINGSTAD RIEFE SCHOLARSHIP
Rachel Inman (Torrington)

DR. SHENOI & FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Bang Lam (Torrington)

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
IN MEMORY OF MARION WM. EDWARDS
Morgan Kolukisa (Torrington)

JEFF STANNARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Tyler Johnston (Torrington)

APOLONIA STANULIS SCHOLARSHIP
Laurie Bessette (Winsted)
Deisy Campoverde (Torrington)
Alexa Capasso (Torrington)
Brandon Charron (Torrington)
Garrett Conaghan (Litchfield)
Bridget Creedon (Litchfield)
Corey Creedon (Litchfield)
Laurie Denenholtz (New Hartford)
Corey DeSanti (Winsted)
Sima El-Ayoub (Torrington)
Breanna Fleet (Warren)
McKayla Ford (Torrington)
Alexandra Franjola (Washington)
Ella Frauenhofer (Torrington)
Jessica Fretto (Torrington)
Olivia Geiger (Salisbury)
Justin Hatch (Morris)
Matthew Heath (Torrington)
Dante Kim (Torrington)
Alana Koser (Litchfield)
Marina Matsudaira (Cornwall)
Sara Mitnik (Litchfield)
Spencer Mourges (Torrington)
Rebecca Nordland (Litchfield)
Michael O'Brien (Torrington)
Emily O'Connor (Salisbury)
Dale Osterman (Torrington)
Catherine Partrick (Litchfield)
Kimberley Pepper (Washington)
Nasrin Pretty (Torrington)
Ellery Rourk (Washington)
Shaelyn Rourk (Washington)
Casey Saade (Torrington)
Miranda Stewart (Torrington)
Arianna Stone (Torrington)
John Swanson (Washington)
Ana Tiul (Litchfield)
Matthew Waldron (Winsted)
Makenzie Welch (Torrington)
Melissa Woodruff (Morris)

NELLIE J. SULLIVAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Cierra McGowan (Torrington)

MARIANTONIA TATE MEMORIAL ALLIED HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP
Shannon Bate (Torrington)

MOLLIE AND LOUIS TEMKIN VALEDICTORY AWARD
Ella Frauenhofer (Torrington)

THS STUDENT COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP
Olivia Vollaro (Torrington)

TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL POOLED SCHOLARSHIP
Rachel Inman (Torrington)

TORRINGTON LITHUANIAN MUTUAL BENEFIT CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
Madeline Hiers (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO PAOLO ABATE GRANT
Sarah Buckingham (Washington)

TORRINGTON UNICO THOMAS M. ACERBI SCHOLARSHIP
Kalina Lapenta (Litchfield)

TORRINGTON UNICO FRANCIS J.
AND DONALD G. ALBREDA SCHOLARSHIP
Angela Fretto (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO RT. REVEREND MONSIGNOR
WILLIAM BOTTICELLI SCHOLARSHIP
McKenzie Byrne (Norfolk)

TORRINGTON UNICO ANTONIO GIOIA SCHOLARSHIP
Johanna Craig (Torrington)
Sarah Dennis (Torrington)
Paulina Koloda (Torrington)
Adam LaMothe (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO ITALIAN HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP
Megan Calabrese (Torrington)
Tim Considine (Torrington)
Connor Finn (Torrington)
Caroline Teti (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO CARMELA, R.N.,
AND VITA “JENNIE” LOPARDO SCHOLARSHIP
Hannah Munson (Bethlehem)

TORRINGTON UNICO ERICO MAROLA SCHOLARSHIP
Matthew Calabrese (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO ANDREW J. ONEGLIA SCHOLARSHIP
Marina Matsudaira (Cornwall)

TORRINGTON UNICO FIORE PETRICONE SCHOLARSHIP, K.S.G.
Devyn Bartosiewicz (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO BRIAN PICCOLO SCHOLARSHIP (AWARD)
Nate Bresson (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO WILLIAM ROMANI SCHOLARSHIP
Christina Prinssen (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO JOSEPH SCLAFANI SCHOLARSHIP
Brandon Charron (Torrington)

TORRINGTON UNICO JOHN SULLO FOUNDERS SCHOLARSHIP
Nasrin Pretty (Torrington)

ALBERT C. AND ROSE TURRI SCHOLARSHIP
Joann Duman (Torrington)
Matthew Germond (Winsted)
Andrew Marola (Torrington)

FREDERICK J. WILCOX SPORTSMANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Matthew Heath (Torrington)

JAMES P. & MILDRED GREGG ZUCCO SCHOLARSHIP
Griffin Berlstein (Norfolk)
Courtney Carrozzo (New Hartford)
Michaela Cisowski (Torrington)
Alexis Delacruz (Winsted)
Angela Fretto (Torrington)
Alyssa Gagnon (Winsted)
Cameron Goulet (Winsted)
Joanne Harrington (Winsted)
Jordan Moon (Winsted)
Kathleen Morton (New Hartford)
Hannah Munson (Bethlehem)
Gina Pedrolini (New Hartford)
Mary Traub (New Hartford)
Taylor Wheeler (Torrington)

2017-2018 Scholarship information will be available
 at www.northwestcf.org/scholarships in January 2017.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment,
comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets
of $15,000 to more than $80 million. Last year, combined grants
and scholarships totaled more than $4.3 million.