Dominion Foundation Awards Grant to NESS

Stonington, CT – Dominion Foundation presented New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) with a $15,000 grant in August 2016. The grant will fund NESS's "Long Island Sound & Its Watershed" calendar drawing contest, community outreach, and awards ceremony for Connecticut students in grades K-6.  

NESS, a 501(c)(3) ocean adventure nonprofit organization based in Stonington, CT, works with K-16 schools to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through sailing, marine science, and adventure sports. Year-round offerings include in-school and afterschool programs for students, and professional development workshops for teachers. NESS operates throughout Connecticut, as far north as Hartford, and has multiple satellite locations in New London, CT.
"We are proud to support a project that raises awareness about marine life and educates students how to care for the Sound," commented Dominion Foundation's Nancy Bulkeley. "NESS's ocean literacy programming is very much aligned with Dominion's mission to protect the environment and promote education."
"We are appreciative to Dominion for their continued support of our programs and are especially grateful for this new grant that helps young artists learn more about the importance of Long Island Sound," added NESS President Spike Lobdell.
Last year's winning and honorable mention artists were honored at a ceremony in May. Their art is part of a traveling exhibit throughout Connecticut and will be published in a 2017 calendar. NESS is currently accepting art submissions for the 2018 calendar. For guidelines and general information, visit

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New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, transformational personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit