VCF’s annual Responsive Grants process is open to all requests for organizational support and projects that serve Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and/ or Shelton.
These grants are generally awarded to address a nonprofit’s operating, programmatic, or capacity building needs. Grants are awarded through a joint process with our partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
Ansonia and Derby Early Childhood Councils Collaborative - To support the implementation of the Ansonia and Derby Early Childhood Councils’ community plans. $40,000
BHcare - To support the design of a Family Justice Center which is a co-location of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. $10,000
Center Stage Theatre Inc. - To support theatrical lighting upgrades and improvements in the theatre space. $18,000
Derby Historical Society - To support the restoration of the exterior of the General David Humphreys House. $15,000
Healthy Eyes Alliance - To support the Healthy Eyes for Connecticut Kids Project which provides free vision screening, referral and follow up services for preschool
children in the Valley. $16,062
Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America - To provide general operating support for scouting program for Valley youth. $30,000
Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc. - To provide general operating support for programming to give Valley young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. $30,000
New Haven Legal Assistance Association Inc. - To support a school-based legal aid clinic co-located at TEAM/Head Start in the Valley. $8,000
Online Journalism Project Inc. - To support the Valley Independent Sentinel. $40,000
Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc. - To provide general operating support for educational programming to end sexual assault and for comprehensive and culturally competent sexual assault victim services. $8,000
Visiting Nurse Services of CT - To support a pilot program in partnership with Griffin Hospital to provide a pre-discharge visit for specifically diagnosed patients from the Valley to enhance transitional care (acute to
home-based healthcare) and to achieve improved measurable health outcomes. $10,000
Grants from Donor Advised Funds are approved by the VCF Board of Directors upon the request and with the participation of the Donor.
Donor Advised Funds are one of the many ways fund holders can advise on an area they are passionate about while partnering with VCF to make an impact.
2015 Donor Advised Grant Recipients:
Ansonia Rescue Medical Services
Area Congregations Together, Inc.
Birthright of Greater New Haven
Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby
Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Charlotte’s Web of Prayer
Christ Episcopal Church
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)
Clark Memorial Library
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Connecticut Hospice, Inc.
Derby Historical Society
Derby Public Library
Derby Public Schools
Ephemera Society of America, LLC
Friends of the Ansonia Library
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America
IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life
Long Hill Burial Ground Ltd.
Long Wharf Theatre
Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center
Mishkan Israel Day Camp
National Right to Work Legal Defense and
Education Foundation, Inc.
Read to Grow
Recreation Camp Inc.
Seymour High School-Student Awards
Shelton High School-Student and Teacher Awards
Shelton Historical Society, Inc.
St. Lawrence School
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Shelton, Inc.
Susanna Wesley School
The American Legion
The Foundation School
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
Valley Breast Health Care Fund
Valley Parish Nurse Program
Valley Shakespeare Festival
Valley United Way
Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut
Women’s Business Development Council
Working Lands Alliance
In 2015, VCF made grants between $250 to $10,000 which contributed to and supported nonprofits and organizations serving the Valley community.
The Needs and Opportunities grants, formerly known as the Revolving Response grants, are designed to promptly address the needs of our nonprofits through a simplified application process.
Area Congregations Together, Inc. - To support the replacement of a freezer unit and ice machine for the Spooner House kitchen. $5,368
Beacon Falls Congregational Church - To support the construction costs of a handicap-accessible bathroom, which will be ADA compliant. $5,000
Christ Episcopal Church - To support the Samela Food Pantry. $5,000
Derby Neck Library - To support new furniture, repairs and renovations to the Children’s Room. $6,450
Friends of the Ansonia Library - To support the restoration of the mosaic tile flooring in the main entrance of the library. $1,312
Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc. - To support the cost of hiring a consultant to conduct a comprehensive internal assessment of current development programs. $2,200
Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center - To support the development of a new logo and website. $5,000
Moving With Health Oriented Physical Education, Inc. - To support consultant costs for a website redesign and a digital communications plan. $4,000
Naugatuck YMCA - To support the cost to replace the boiler to heat the pool, youth room, locker rooms, hot tubs and air handling unit. $2,500
Oxford Ambulance Association - To support the purchase of a SimMan Essential patient simulation training manikin. $6,890
Read to Grow - To support literacy services for families living in The Valley region. $9,500
Salvation Army, Greater Valley Corps - To support the food pantry. $10,000
Shelton Historical Society, Inc. - To support the costs to stabilize and support restoration efforts to the water damaged Brownson House. $10,000
Storm Engine Company Ambulance Corps, Inc. - To support the purchase of a thermal imaging camera. $6,114
TEAM, Inc. - To support the hiring of a consultant to help develop and produce a 3-5 year strategic plan. $4,000
United Methodist Homes - To support the Music & Memory program at Wesley Village. $4,320
Valley Parish Nurse Program - To support the annual Children’s Health & Safety Fair, a “Distracted Driving” prom program, bike safety events and free screenings (A1c & Cholesterol) at Ansonia Day. $5,190
Wesley Heights, Inc. - To support assisted living
services to low income elderly residents of the Middle Court Apartments. $10,00