Community Foundation committed to Addressing Inequities through Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut announced grant awards of $2,084,418 to advance greater equities in its four focus areas:  youth empowerment, basic needs and rights, the environment and animal welfare.  Grant review committees are composed of community members and trustees with a deep commitment towards advancing human rights and community resilience in Eastern Connecticut. The Foundation has been advocating for systemic changes that will address inequities in early childhood education and childcare, mental wellness and safe, affordable housing with municipal leaders and legislative representatives. These grants help build the capacity of many nonprofits that work in these sectors.  By convening community members and promoting advocacy around policy changes, the Foundation intends to leverage the impact of grantmaking and help create greater awareness of these critical issues. 

Highlights of the 2022 funding includes: $80,000 to Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust to increase work in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization; $24,500 to the Health Education Center (formerly Eastern CT AHEC) to train community health workers towards building a workforce reflective of the region’s demographics and eliminating racial inequities in care; and $50,000 to Connecticut Forest & Park Association to connect Windham Middle School students to the environment at Goodwin State Forest and help cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards. 

In addition, recognizing the importance of job training, the Foundation is providing grants to increase equitable access to sustainable-wage jobs including funding to Neighborhood Renovations and Training Program to prepare Norwich young adults for careers in construction and a grant to CLiCK for food safety training for restaurant workers and food entrepreneurs with limited income in the Windham area.

“We look forward to increasing partnerships with municipalities and state-wide advocacy organizations to realize gains in eastern Connecticut. We believe our investments in both policy and grantmaking will contribute to a more equitable region,” according to Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director at the Community Foundation. 
Please visit our website for a complete list of grantees.