Connecticut Community Foundation awards grants

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WATERBURY — The Connecticut Community Foundation recently awarded its second and final round of 2013 grants to area organizations.

Funding, which came from funds established by area donors, totaled nearly $455,000 and included grants from the Saunders Fund for the Sick and Infirm of the Borough of Naugatuck, according to a release issued by the foundation.

In addition, the foundation awarded nearly $16,000 in sponsorship grants during its third and final round of 2013 funding for public events in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills hosted by nonprofit organizations.

Altogether, grants awarded by the foundation in 2013 totaled over $2.7 million.

For a detailed listing of recipients, visit www.conncf.org.

The following local agencies and organizations received funding:

The Naugatuck River website, currently managed by the Housatonic Valley Association and Pomfret Technologies, received a $6,000 environment grant. The grant was awarded to the Housatonic Valley Association to reorganize website content into recreation-themed content areas, development of those areas into a “one-stop shop” for trip planning and integration of social media.  

The United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls’ pre-kindergarten/kindergarten peer mentor initiative received a $9,692.23 LitLinks Grant for continued Early Education Council work including the new effort to align curriculum from age 3 through grade three. 

Naugatuck High School received a $14,400 grant from the Saunders Fund for substance abuse prevention and intervention. The grant will provide continued support for onsite substance abuse and intervention services to high school and City Hill Middle School students through a Wellmore Behavioral Health clinician. 

The Naugatuck YMCA received a $20,776 grant from the Saunders Fund for senior exercise and youth health fitness. The grant will subsidize the cost of senior exercise programs and support expansion of youth programming including ongoing activities in the afternoon, a vertical climbing wall and pre- and post-testing on nutritional knowledge and fitness levels.

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