Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation is a private, grant making foundation established
by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband, Hans C. Seherr-Thoss.  

THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2018 AWARDS
The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust and The Seherr-Thoss Foundation
awarded the following grants at its Spring, 2018 meeting:

Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway was given a $48,810
matching grant to complete a substantial portion of the third phase
of the Greenway Project, a section of the railroad bed that begins at the junction
of the Bissell Road trailhead to the Butternut Brook crossing on Route 202.

Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust was awarded $9,500
for an engineering review of the
old Litchfield County Courthouse.

Litchfield High School: $5,000
toward a scoreboard at Plumb Hill
for the field hockey team.

Litchfield Historical Society: $17,986.
to add three units of compact shelving
to the Society's archival storage.

Litchfield Housing Authority: $75,000
 towards roofing all eight buildings at Wells Run.

Litchfield Land Trust: $40,830.
 to fund the trail and viewing platform for the Graham Thompson
 preserve and the new hiking trail on the upper Bantam River.

Litchfield Public Schools: $9,834
to provide funding for the Litchfield PublicSchools to lease
a bus/van to provide transportation for students
to attend classes at Wamogo and Litchfield High School
 during the designated common time blocks.

Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance: $26,123
for a Stryker power load system for an ambulance.

Plumb Hill Playing Fields: $37,935
to purchase protective coverings "pit garages" for
newly purchased pole vault and high jump landing mats.

The Litchfield Congregational Church: $33,400
toward repairs of the Pilgrim Hall roof.

Prime Time House: $3,600
toward the purchase of an industrial
 freezer for their food pantry

St Paul's Episcopal Church: $30,000
 toward the restoration of windows
in the nave and transept areas.

Susan B Anthony Project: $4,000
toward the installation of new electronic key
card access security systems into SBAP's confidential
emergency shelter and 4-unit transition house.

Wisdom House: $13,000
toward the replacement of carpets in the
guest and meeting room spaces.

The Seherr-Thoss Foundation is a private grant making foundation
 established bySonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband Hans C. Seherr-Thoss.
Their involvementin many charitable and cultural institutions in Litchfield
 led them to create and fund both the Seherr-Thoss Foundation
 and the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust for the support of
the Litchfield Community's interests and institutions.

The Foundations Board, Mike Reardon, Bruce Schnitzer, Rose Brooks,
 John Boyd,Rosie Ripley, Stacie Kavle, Leo Paul and Harry Seherr-Thoss
consider applications twice yearly from not for profit organizations to
 fund projects that directly serve the people and communities of Litchfield.

Grant applications can be submitted at any time but must be
postmarked by February 1 for the spring distribution
 and September 15 for the fall distribution.

For additional information about submitting an application,
please go to the website, www.seherr-thoss.org,
email secretary@seherr-thoss.org, or mail your
request to:
Seherr-Thoss Foundations
PO Box 292,
Litchfield, CT 06759.

Contact: Rose Brooks, Secretary
860 567 2495

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2017 AWARDS
The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust and The Seherr-Thoss Foundation  
awarded  the following grants at its Spring 2017 meeting:

Bantam Fire Department - $8649.84
for the purchase of a Mercury Model 430
 inflatable boat, outboard motor and trailer

Boy Scout Troop 29 - $9,400.00
to purchase and outfit a trailer to haul equipment
and supplies to and from Scouting events

The Clothes Tree (Civic Family Services) - $6,640.00
to provide software, computer system, air conditioning and carpet
 to improve working conditions and safety at the Clothes Tree

East Litchfield Village Improvement Society - $42,000.00
to repair the East Litchfield Chapel building

Friendly Hands Food Bank - $2,500.00
to allow Friendly Hands Food Bank
to continue serving the community

Litchfield Housing Authority - $7,440.00
to provide more accessible, secure
mailboxes to the residents of Wells Run

Litchfield Land Trust - $6,588.63
for outreach

Oliver Wolcott Library - $7,120.00
to replace air handler for the main areas of the library

Susan B. Anthony Project - $23,000
to replace security and phone systems at the counseling
and advocacy center on Water Street in Torrington

St. Michael's Parish - $125,000,00
to complete a matching grant
for the restoration of the church

Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway - $48,000.00
to complete a substantial portion of the
third phase of the Greenway project

The Seherr-Thoss Foundations consider applications
from not for profit organizations to fund projects that
directly serve the people and community of Litchfield.

For additional information about submitting an application,
please go to the website, www.seherr-thoss.org,
or mail your request to:
Seherr-Thoss Foundations
PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.  

Grant applications may be submitted any time,
but they must be postmarked by April 1
 for the Spring grant distribution and
October 1 for the Fall grant distribution.

Contact:  
Rose Brooks, Secretary

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2016 AWARDS
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust were established
 by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband, Hans C. Seherr-Thossto fund
projects that directly support the people and community of Litchfield, CT.   

Grants totaling $302.183 were awarded in November, 2016
to the following non-profit organizations:

LARC: THE ARC AT LITCHFIELD COUNTY    
$35,00.00 to renovate the lodge at Camp Moe.

LITCHFIELD FIRE COMPANY
$21,400.00 to update
Hurst tool extrication equipment.

LITCHFIELD GARDEN CLUB
$8,000.00 to replace staging
equipment lost in a barn fire.

LIVINGSTON RIPLEY WATERFOWL CONSERVANCY
$30,500.00 to purchase equipment that will
manage risks of power outages, aerator equipment
for the ponds, and a utility vehicle.

OLIVER WOLCOTT LIBRARY
$82,283.00 to replace flooring in the community
 room and replace carpeting in the main library.

ST MICHAELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
$125,000.00, a matching grant to address water
infiltration problems in the roof and stonework.

Grant applications may be submitted at any time but must be
postmarked by April 1 for the Spring distribution
and October 1 for the Fall distribution.

For additional information about submitting an application,
please go to the website www.seherr-thoss.org,
or mail your request to the
Seherr-Thoss Foundations,
PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Submitted by Rose Brooks,
Secretary, 860 567 2495

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2016 AWARDS
The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust and The Seherr-Thoss Foundation
 awarded the following grants at its SPRING 2016  meeting:

After School Arts Program  -  $5,500
to provide students in all Litchfield Public Schools
with ASAP’s Music for the Schools program

American Legion Morgan-Weir Post 27  -  $32,890
to renovate the kitchen to building code,
board of health and fire safety requirements for public use

Bantam  Fire Company  -  $ 43,876.52
to purchase a powered lifting stretcher and mechanized lifting device
to assist the Ambulance Service of the Bantam Fire Co

Litchfield Hills Rowing Club  -  $25,000
to purchase a boat used  primarily  for  juniors

Litchfield Housing Authority  -  $13,395
to make the Community  House at Wells Run more energy-efficient
by installing a new propane furnace and water heater
 that will be accessible year-round through a new insulated exterior door

Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy  -  $24,200
to renovate the office and intern housing

Oliver Wolcott Library  -  $82,608
to resurface the parking lot

 Prime Time House  -  $ 9,000  
towards the purchase of a low mileage minivan
to replace the 2000 minivan with 150,000 miles

Sandy Beach Commission  -  $50,000
for improvements to the changing rooms,
bathrooms and concession stand at Sandy Beach
as designed by a Ct. licensed architect.  
Bids to be received no later than August 1, 2016

School on the Green  - $ 3,801.60
to provide a unique playloft in the
parent-cooperative preschool classroom

The Seherr-Thoss Foundations consider applications from
not for profit organizations to fund projects that
directly serve the people and community of Litchfield.

For additional information about submitting an application,
please go to the website, www.seherr-thoss.org,
or mail your request to Seherr-Thoss Foundations
PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.  

Grant applications may be submitted any time,
but they must be postmarked by April 1
for the Spring grant distribution
and October 1 for the Fall grant distribution.

Contact:  Rose Brooks, Secretary
860 567 2495

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2015 AWARDS
The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust awarded
the following grants at its Fall 2015 meeting:

Camp Boyd Committee, BSA Troop 29 -$15,657
to improve the access road and build a pavilion at Camp Boyd

Litchfield Grange #107 --$5,000
to contribute to the cost of preparing a complete facilities
 plan to renovate, repair and refurbish the hall

Goshen Agricultural Society --$13,300
 for installation of a roadside fence

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals --   $2,010
for signage around the building and parking lot

Kids Play Children’s Museum --$45,000
to expand exhibits and increase programming space
by integrating two buildings for museum use

Litchfield Cemetery Association--$19,000
for phase 3 of the old and historic
monument restoration in East Cemetery

Litchfield Community Greenway--$25,000
to complete the first phase of the Greenway Project
a section of the “Ghost Trail” between
South Lake Street and White’s Woods Road

Litchfield Fire Company-- $ 6,641.45
to purchase an industrial washing machine,

Litchfield Hills Food System -- $20,000
to partially fund a new half- ton van
for the Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market,

Litchfield Historical Society --$75,000
partially fund the installation of a new interpretative
 landscape at the Tapping Reeve House,

Litchfield Land Trust -- $25,000
For the completion of the Records Management System,
the Baseline Reports for Monitoring and Management Plans,
and the Community Land Stewards Program,

Oliver Wolcott Library --$24,453.83
for improving the wireless network, internet connection
performance and web security, adding switch ports,
and adding a networked color copier

Oliver Wolcott Library --$5,930
for adding a supplemental heating
unit in the Community Room

White Memorial Conservation Center, Inc.-- $18,000
to fund a new van used to transport students and staff
on field trips both on and off White Memorial property.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2015 AWARDS
Education Connection: $8,000
To purchase educational materials and
expand Kindergarten readiness program
Gilbert Library: $2,800
To replace carpeting
The Susan B. Anthony Project: $20,000
To update security system and replace windows in the shelter
Wisdom House: $8,228
To install air conditioning in a section of the main building
St Michael's Episcopal Church: $500,000
A matching grant over a three year period to address
water infiltration problems in the roof and stonework

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2014 AWARDS

The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club: $19,400
to purchase a 4-person rowing shell.

The American Legion Post 27, Morgan-Weir: $8,400
to replace billboard sign.

The East Litchfield Volunteer Fire Company: $22,694
to replace extraction-rescue tool, "Jaws of Life"

The Litchfield Area High School Sailing Team: $20,000
to purchase safety equipment for the sailing team
and to upgrade and maintain current equipment.

Litchfield Hills Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program: $40,000
to replace their aging Meals on Wheels vehicle.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2013 AWARDS

Litchfield Cemetery Association: $15,000
for phase 2 of monument restoration
in the old and historic section.

Litchfield Housing Authority: $19,685.90
for replacement of electric ranges and replacement
of carpeting in six Bantam Falls apartments.

American Legion Post 27: $10,330
for replacement of 4" cast iron sewer line to Route 202 line.

Litchfield Soccer Club:  $2,275
for the purchase of small soccer goals for pre-K
through 3rd grade recreational soccer program.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2012 AWARDS

The United Methodist Church, Litchfield: $55,000
 to replace stained glass windows which had been storm damaged.

The Susan B. Anthony Project: $9,500
to fund the purchase and installation of a new, natural gas boiler
 for the Transition House for Litchfield residents.

VNA of Litchfield: $9,500
to help fund the Rural Health Nursing Program.

The White Memorial Conservation Center Inc.: $12,285.40
for the purchase of materials to construct 15 traps used for an
Emerald Ash Borer survey on White Memorial property.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2012 AWARDS

The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust Board of Directors has
awarded grants totaling $184,500 to six local non-profit organizations this month.
The foundation and charitable trust were created to support
non-profit organizations benefiting the Litchfield area.

Recipients:
The Oliver Wolcott Library: $15,000
to expand technology infrastructure and to
complete a technology infrastructure plan.

The Litchfield Cemetery Association: $10,000
for monument restoration in the Old Town cemetery.

The Litchfield Community Center: $125,000
to assist with the construction of an addition.

The Litchfield Housing Authority: $15,000
to purchase new stoves and refrigerators for Bantam Falls.

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding: $4,500
to support riders with disabilities at Lee's Riding Stable.

Trinity Episcopal Church: $15,000
to secure partial matching funds for the
 restoration of an 1823 Thomas Hall organ.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2011 AWARDS

The Litchfield Housing Authority: $20,000
to replace outdated refrigerators and electric ranges at the
Wells Run and Bantam Falls senior housing facilities.

Friends of Hospice, Inc.: $2,000
to fund fall, winter, holiday and spring bereavement groups and
provide massage therapy visits for bed-bound Hospice patients.

The Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc.: $20,000
to expand and replace current obsolete technology infrastructure
-computers, file server, mobile devices, security cables.

St. Michael's Parish: $5,000
to enable a Water Infiltration Investigation by Hoffman Architects,
to determine funds needed to prevent further water infiltration and
 insure a water-tight condition for the Sanctuary.

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION SPRING 2011 AWARDS

American Legion Morgan Post 27: $12,600
to support new heating oil and hot water system

The Litchfield Fire Company Inc.: $17,400
to upgrade Hurst extrication tool

Litchfield Housing Authority: $30,813
to replace carpeting in all common areas

Litchfield Public Schools: $40,740
to purchase new pre-school/kindergarten playground equipment

Litchfield Public Schools: $9,000
for Connecticut Junior Republic swimming pool rental

Daughters of Wisdom, Inc.: $10,000
to implement energy upgrades

Friendship Baptist Church: $17,500
to purchase two new heating system boilers

Joyful Noise, Inc.: $5,000
to fund a Walk-a-thon, 2 concerts & a question & answer session

Montfort Missionaries: $15,000
to fund masonry repairs to parking lot/Grotto and lamp lighting for the Grotto

St. Michael's Church: $20,000
to fund driveway and parking lot paving and repairs

Susan B. Anthony Project: $20,000
to fund crisis and support services and prevention/education programs

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THE SEHERR-THOSS CHARITABLE TRUST AND
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION FALL 2010 AWARDS

Litchfield Montessori:  $57,000
to support the replacement and greening of the school roof

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital:  $50,000
for the Image Guided Radiation Therapy Linear Accelerator
at the Hospital's Center for Cancer Care

Litchfield High School Envirothon Program:  $1,250
to fund a speaker on the importance of native plant landscaping
to be offered to students and the community

Litchfield High School Robotics and Intermediate School Lego League: $2,700
to fund transportation and attendance expenses for state competitions

Litchfield High School Athletic Department: $2,500.
to purchase customized, padded Spirit event chairs
for the sports teams for home competitions

Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44,  American Legion:  $17,000
to partially fund the refurbishment of the All Wars Memorial

Friends of Hospice:  $1,900
to fund holiday, winter and spring bereavement group
sessions at the Litchfield Community Center

Town of Litchfield, Bantam River Jamb Project: $ 25,000
to replace the jambs which control the depth of Bantam Lake

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A brochure of the Foundations, as well as guidelines for grants,
may be obtained by writing to:
The Seherr-Thoss Foundations
P.O. Box 292
Litchfield,CT 06759