Community Investments

Grantmaking for the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) has truly evolved over the years. Starting in 2005, VCF awarded $2,000, and in 2016, over $1.4 million was awarded to support Valley nonprofits. 

From our small community grants program, to first time grants of $10-$15,000, to comprehensive multiyear grants for projects, capacity building, and general operating support, VCF has made a growing impact in the Valley throughout its ten years of existence. 

These investments have included adult literacy, leveraging federal funds for economic development opportunities, addressing children’s behavioral and mental health and early education, preventing blindness, and ensuring children have safe, fun and educational after-school opportunities. 

The purpose of VCF’s grant program is to fulfill the first part of our mission statement: to make the Valley a better place to live and work, both now and in the future. We do this by supporting the nonprofits that directly and indirectly affect the quality of life for the people in the Valley. 

There are two broad categories of grants: those that are directed by a donor to a particular nonprofit or specific cause, such as grants from Donor Advised, donor designated and scholarship funds; the others are discretionary grants.

With our preference and unrestricted funds, the donor has entrusted the Board of VCF to use its discretion to direct the use of their fund to meet the critical needs of the community.

The Affiliation Agreement with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF) outlines an annual transfer of unrestricted funds from TCF to VCF based on their Gates Fund's annual distributable revenue. This substantial donation from TCF becomes part of our discretionary grant pool; since 2004, over $4.7 million has been awarded to Valley nonprofits.


Responsive Grants (2017)

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.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley - To provide general
operating support for cultural, recreational, physical, and educational
programs for Valley youth. $120,000*

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA - To provide general operating support
for Valley YMCA programming that builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for
Valley residents. $90,000*

Griffin Hospital - To support the update of radiation oncology equipment at
the Center for Cancer Care. $25,000

Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America - To provide general
operating support for scouting programs for Valley youth. $100,000*

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven - To provide general
operating support for adult literacy tutoring in Greater New Haven and the
Valley. $60,000*

Massaro Community Farm, Inc. - To provide general operating support to
maintain a historic farm that uses organic practices to provide fresh produce
to those in need, and to build community through farm-based education and
events. $60,000*

Online Journalism Project Inc. - To provide general operating support for
The Valley Independent Sentinel. $120,000*

Salvation Army, Greater Valley Corps - To support the Emergency
Assistance Program, which includes a Client Choice Food Pantry, Bread
and Pastry Program, Thanksgiving food distribution, Back-to-School
backpack distribution, clothing and furniture vouchers, and rental and
utility assistance. $60,000*

Shelton Economic Development Corporation - To provide general
operating support to advance the economic development and public welfare
of the City of Shelton. $10,000

Shelton Historical Society, Inc. - To provide general operating support for the Shelton Historical Society to preserve items of Shelton’s history, as well as to support educational programming and the maintenance of a museum and its collections. $34,000* 

TEAM, Inc. - To provide general operating support for a multigenerational service delivery system, focused on support services, early childhood, and elderly services. $160,000*

Valley Council for Health and Human Services - To support the establishment of a Valley Food Bank Network that will raise awareness of food insecurity in the Valley, implement best practices amongst Food Pantries, enhance services/outcomes for individuals accessing these Food Pantries, and galvanize increased community support toward the work of established Valley Food Pantries. $42,000*


Needs and Opportunities Grants (2017)

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.

Ansonia Public Schools - To support a diversionary program that can serve
as an alternative to suspension at Ansonia Middle School, which serves
approximately 380 students in Grades 7 and 8. $3,295

College Access for All Kids, Inc. - To support a two-week intensive
summer program that will culminate with each student having a writing
and math portfolio. $5,262

Connecticut Community Gardening Association - To support scholarships
for community gardeners in the Valley to attend the American Community
Gardening Association’s Annual Educational Conference. $1,400

Family Re-Entry - To support a domestic violence intervention program,
EXPLORE, which serves 60 men in Derby each year by educating them to
make behavioral changes to eliminate abuse that endangers their families
and communities. $3,000

Healthy Eyes Alliance - To support the purchase of a Welch Allyn Spot
Vision Screener to detect vision problems in young children. $1,648

Huntington United Methodist Church - To support the creation of a
Tranquility/Prayer Garden behind the church. $1,800

Mishkan Israel Day Camp - To support a summer day camp season for
underprivileged children from the Valley. $1,400

New Haven Symphony Orchestra - To support performances at Shelton
High School which include Pops Concerts, Family Concerts, and the NHSO
KidTix initiative, providing free tickets for students attending Pops
concerts. $5,000

Oxford Center School - To support a field trip to Boston’s Freedom Trail
for 5th graders from Oxford Center School. $1,500

Seymour Ambulance Association, Inc. - To support the new mobile radios
that will equip the SAA officers and chiefs with the ability to communicate
with all surrounding area services. $5,046

SHA Development Corp. - To support six units of transitional housing and
supportive services for youth between the age of 18-24. $10,000

Shelton High School - To support a greenhouse for Shelton High School’s
Community Garden which would enhance learning and provide students
with hands-on learning opportunities. $1,500

Shelton Historical Society - To support restoration of the front porch that
was on the Brownson House in 1913, and the evaluation, classification,
cataloging, and computerization of information on each of the hundreds of
articles of clothing in its collection. $9,500

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Shelton, Inc. - To support an internal and
external surveillance system. $7,069

TEAM, Inc. - To support the relocation of the Elderly Services Department
to the Richard O. Belden Cultural Community Center. $10,000

Town of Seymour - Recreation Department - To support a Senior Fit, Senior Strong exercise program for elderly residents. $2,400 

Valley Shakespeare Festival - To support the Community Touring program to the entire Lower Naugatuck Valley. $2,500 

Wesley Heights, Inc. - To support assisted living services to low income, elderly residents in the Middle Court apartments. $10,000

Comunnity Grants (2017)

This application process recognizes smaller, volunteer or neighborhood groups with grant awards of up to $2,500.

Adam Wysota Foundation - To support a Memorial Garden and Walkway,with beautiful plantings at Adam’s House. $2,500

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Committee - To support the purchase of
perishable and non- perishable food items and supplies for distribution of
Thanksgiving baskets to fifty families in need. $2,000

City of Derby, Bureau of Youth Services - To support a program to prevent
sexual assault and violence among youth. $2,306

Derby High School PTO - To support the purchase of a printer for the
school library. $1,250

Derby Historical Society - To provide transportation assistance to Valley
schools to visit the General David Humphreys House. $2,500

Friends of the Ansonia Library - To support digitizing the Valley Sentinel
newspaper from microfiche to a searchable web format which can be viewed,
studied, preserved and appreciated securely on the internet. $2,500

Southford Falls Quilters LLC - To support enhancing fiber arts and design
knowledge in quilting through classes, workshops, speakers and instructors
for members and the public. $2,500

Youth 2 Youth Peer Advocates - To support the cost of sending as many
high school students as possible to the Youth 2 Youth National conference in
RI. $2,500

Sponsorship Grants (2017)

Nonprofit organizations can apply for support from VCF for up to $2,500 for special events, especially those events that inform the community of a particular issue.

American Legion, John Collins Post 24 - To sponsor one boy and one girl
from Derby to attend the Boys/Girls State Program. $700

Ansonia High School

  • To sponsor a post prom event. $750
  • To sponsor a Fall State Program. $500

Ansonia Public Schools - To sponsor the Valley Shakespeare Festival
performance of “The Comedy of Errors” for Ansonia Middle School
students. $1,000

Ansonia Rotary Club - To sponsor the annual Civic Awards dinner. $300

Ansonia School Readiness - To support the 16th Annual Ansonia Kick-Off
to Kindergarten registration. $1,000

Area Congregations Together, Inc. -

  • To sponsor the 20th Annual Walk for the Hungry and Homeless. $1,000
  • To sponsor Food Trucks in the Valley. $1,000

BHcare 

  • To sponsor the annual Community Champions and annual educational workshop. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 29th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. $1,000
  • To sponsor My Sister’s Place Thrift Store 2nd Annual Fashion Show. $500

Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby - To sponsor the 93rd Annual Scout Gang Show. $500

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley 

  • To sponsor The John “Red” Larsen Golf Classic. $500
  • To sponsor the 16th Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race. $2,500

Celebrate Shelton

  • To sponsor the Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Series. $1,500
  • To sponsor the Community Tree Lighting. $1,000

Center Stage Theatre Inc. - To sponsor the Teen Musical Theatre
Workshop. $1,000

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA - To sponsor the Valley YMCA 9th
Annual Sunset 5K & 2 Mile Fitness Walk. $2,500

Derby Green Market Farmers’ Market - To sponsor the Farmers’
Market. $500

Derby High School PTO - To sponsor a post prom event. $750

Derby Historical Society

  • To sponsor Celebrate CT Libations, a fundraiser for the Restoration Project of the David Humphreys House and Museum. $850
  • To sponsor the Annual Silver Tea. $500
  • To sponsor the 27th Annual Appeal Reception. $850

Emil Senger Post 10 American Legion - To sponsor one boy and one girl
from Seymour to attend the Boys/Girls State Program. $700

First Baptist Church - To sponsor Honoring Ansonia Blue, an Ansonia
Police Dept. Appreciation Day and Fundraiser. $500

Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI) -

  • To sponsor an Earth Day Celebration. $250
  • To sponsor Autumn Fest. $500

Greater Bridgeport Symphony Society, Inc - To sponsor the “GBS
Celebrates Spring” concert. $250

Griffin Hospital - To sponsor the Annual Griffin Gala. $1,000

Irving School

  • To sponsor a school-wide field day. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 1st Annual Derby District Elementary School Math Super Bee. $700

Jane Doe No More - 

  • To sponsor the 10th Anniversary Gala. $500
  • To sponsor the Who’s Your Caddy? Women’s Golf Tournament. $250

Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc. -

  • To sponsor the 7th Annual High School Business Challenge. $1,000
  • -To sponsor a Job Shadow Event at Griffin Hospital. $1,000
Liberian Community Association of Connecticut -

To sponsor a marathon, sporting activities, and a dinner dance. $250

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven - To sponsor the Annual
Scrabble Challenge. $500

Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center - To sponsor the
6th Annual Pedal for PCRC. $1,000

Master’s Table Community Meals Inc. - To sponsor the 2nd Annual
Fundraiser, “At the Hop”. $500

Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead (NauVEL) - To sponsor the distribution
of Control & Healthy Homes Program brochures. $1,000

North Star - To sponsor a Summer Picnic and Holiday Party. $2,000

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, Inc. -
To sponsor the 35th Annual Winter Conference. $1,000

Oxford Cultural Arts Commission - To sponsor Oxford’s Festival of Arts,
Culture (FACE). $500

Oxford Historical Society, Inc. - To sponsor a Celebration commemorating
the 75th Anniversary of the first live jump with a nylon parachute. $600

Oxford Land Trust, Inc. - To sponsor the Run the Rock/Hike. $1,000

Polish American Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. - To sponsor the 5th
Annual International Folk Dance Festival. $250

Pumpkin Festival Association - To sponsor the 52nd Annual Pumpkin
Festival. $250

Seymour Christmas Parade Association - To sponsor the 45th Annual
Seymour Christmas Parade. $1,000

Seymour Founders’ Day Association Inc. - To sponsor the 8th Annual
Seymour Founders’ Day. $2,500

Seymour High School - To sponsor programs that create awareness about
the responsibility of driving. $1,000

Seymour High School Post Prom - To sponsor a post-prom event. $750

Seymour Historical Society - To sponsor the Historical Society’s 2017
educational speaker series. $2,500

Seymour Pink, Inc. - To sponsor the 6th Annual Pounding the Pavement for
Pink 5K run/walk. $2,500

Shelton Exchange Club Foundation, Inc. - To sponsor the Annual Golf
Tournament. $250

Shelton High School PTSO - To sponsor a post-prom event. $750

St. Joseph High School - To sponsor a post-prom event. $750

St. Mary St. Michael School - To sponsor the 9th Annual Housy River
Duck Race. $500

TEAM, Inc. -

  • To sponsor the 10th Anniversary of Men who Cook. $1,000
  • To sponsor RunWay For Meals Intergenerational Fashion Show and Luncheon. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 13th Annual Toys 4 Kids holiday toy drive program. $1,000

The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund - To sponsor Soupstock Music
& Arts Festival. $1,000

Treasured Time -

  • To sponsor the 4th Extra Innings Softball Marathon. $500
  • To sponsor the Treasured Time Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Fundraising Event. $250

United Methodist Homes - To sponsor the Enchanted Trick or Treat Trail
and fall activities. $500

Valley Council for Health and Human Services - To sponsor the Annual
Meeting. $500

Valley Early Childhood Regional Council - To sponsor Read Across The
Valley. $1,500

Valley Shakespeare Festival - To sponsor the 4 free outdoor performances
of Twelfth Night or What you Will. $2,500

Valley United Way - To sponsor the Annual Meeting, the Community
Campaign Kickoff Event, and the biannual Harvest House Event. $2,500

Donor Advised Grants (2017)

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.

2017 Donor Advised Grant Recipients:
Ansonia Rescue Medical Services
Area Congregations Together, Inc.
BHcare
Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby
Boys & Girls Club of the
 Lower Naugatuck Valley
Center Stage Theatre Inc.
Charlotte’s Web of Prayer
Christ Episcopal Church
City of Derby
Clark Memorial Library
Connecticut Forest & Park
 Association
Connecticut Hospice, Inc.
Derby Historical Society
Dimatteo Family Charitable
 Foundation Inc.
The Foundation School
Friends Center for Children, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Inc.
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Griffin Hospital
Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America
IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life
Long Hill Burial Ground Ltd.
Mishkan Israel Day Camp
National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, Inc.
Recreation Camp Inc.
Seymour High School
Shelburne Farms
Shelton High School
Shelton Historical Society, Inc.
Shelton Land Conservation Trust
Shelton Public Schools
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Shelton, Inc.
Susanna Wesley School
TEAM, Inc.
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
Valley United Way
Valley YMCA
VARCA
Working Lands Alliance

 

Donor Advised Grants (2016)

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.

2016 Donor Advised Grant Recipients:
Ansonia Public Schools
Ansonia Rescue Medical Services
Area Congregations Together, Inc.
BHcare
Birthright of Greater New Haven
Birthright of the Valley
Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby
Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Charlotte’s Web of Prayer
Christ Episcopal Church
Clark Memorial Library
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Connecticut Hospice, Inc.
Derby Historical Society
Derby Public Library
Dimatteo Family Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Eagle Hose #6
The Foundation School
Friends Center for Children, Inc.
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Griffin Hospital
Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America
Julian A Taylor Scholarship Fund Committee
Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life
Long Hill Burial Ground Ltd.
Millbrook School Development Office
Mishkan Israel Day Camp
National Right to Work Legal Defense
 and Education Foundation, Inc.
Recreation Camp Inc.
Ronald McDonald House of CT, Inc.
Salvation Army, Greater Valley Corps
Seymour High School
Shelton Economic Development Corporation
Shelton High School
Shelton Historical Society, Inc.
Shelton Public Schools
Southbury Food Bank
St. Martin de Porres Academy
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Shelton, Inc.
Susanna Wesley School
TEAM, Inc.
University of New Haven
University of New Hampshire Foundation
Valley United Way
VARCA
Working Lands Alliance

Community Grants (2016)

This application process recognizes smaller, volunteer or neighborhood groups with grant awards of up to $2,500.

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Committee – To support the purchase of perishable and non-perishable food items for distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to fifty families in need. $2,000

City of Derby, Bureau of Youth Services – To support “Before You Text,” a new sexting prevention curriculum that will be taught in all schools and to parents. $2,500

College Access for All Kids, Inc. – To support access to colleges, universities and other higher education possibilities for urban youth in Ansonia and Derby. $2,500

House of Prayer – To support the distribution of food and clothing in the Valley. $1,550

Restoring Hope Ministries, Hope House – To support the cost of Project Family Hope, which promotes family focused activities and experiences through various venues designed to build strong family bonds and relationships. $2,100

Seymour Soccer Association – To support the cost of providing Futsal training to youth in the Town of Seymour and surrounding towns. Futsal trainings will help children develop their skills in the sport of soccer as individuals and as teammates. $2,000

Shelton Farmers Market Association – To support the Shelton Farmers Market Association’s awareness building effort through the printing of posters, postcards, banners, and lawn signs. $2,000

Southford Falls Quilters LLC – To support classes, team workshops, speakers and instructors who will educate members and enhance quilting skills so members can produce completed quilts that they can “Show and Tell” at a quilt show. $2,500

St. Joseph Catholic Church – Ansonia Parish Nurse Program – To support CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training, a Heart Wellness Education program, and the purchase of an AED replacement battery. $555

St. Thomas Parish Nurse Program, Oxford – To support the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), CPR and AED training, and Health and Wellness Education programs and screenings. $2,100

Valley Deaf Club – To support expanding programs for sports and workshops for Valley Deaf Club members. $2,500

Youth 2 Youth Peer Advocates – To support the cost of sending as many high school students as possible to the Youth 2 Youth National conference in RI. $2,500

Needs and Opportunities Grants (2016)

In 2016, VCF made grants between $1,400 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.

American Red Cross – SCC Chapter – To support the purchase and installation of smoke alarms to be place in the homes of Valley residents at no charge upon request. $10,000

Christ Episcopal Church – To support administrative and operating costs to maintain and operate the Kathleen C.B. Samela Food Bank. $10,000

Christian Counseling & Family Life Center –

To support the purchase of security equipment including cameras, a buzzer/intercom system, a burglar and fire system, panic buttons and sound proofing to increase the safety of employees and patients. $4,000

City of Derby To support the repair and restoration of the Civil War Monument on the Derby Green. $10,000

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy – To support the Working Cities Challenge, an economic development effort that builds cross-sector collaboration and leadership to solve challenges affecting urban communities in Connecticut. $2,500

Derby Neck Library Association – To support the building and installation of a new circulation desk for the lobby. $10,000

Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network – To support cold weather emergency shelter services for homeless individuals and families in the Valley from November 2016 through the end of March 2017. $10,000

Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America– To support the replacement of the water heater and furnace at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation. $1,700

Mishkan Israel Day Camp – To support a summer day camp for underprivileged children from the Valley. $1,400

New Haven Symphony Orchestra – To support performances in Shelton, which include Pops Concerts, Family Concerts, and the NHSO KidTix initiative, providing free tickets to students attending Pops Concerts. $5,000

Online Journalism Project Inc. – To support the hiring of a consultant to create a business development plan for the Valley Independent Sentinel. $10,000

Oxford Land Trust, Inc. – To support the Oxford High School Youth Conservation Corps student internship program. $5,000

Seymour Ambulance Association – To support the purchase of new digital portable radios that are compatible with the Town’s digital radio system. $7,960

Seymour Public Schools – To support an educational field trip to historic sites in Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg. $2,792

Shelton Youth Services Bureau – To support a youth development workshop series for program staff and teen youth workers from Valley agencies. $8,500

Valley Emergency Medical Services – To support the replacement of advanced life support equipment bags as well as IV warmers. $5,000

Valley Shakespeare Festival – To support the expansion of the Festival’s Education Initiative to more grade levels and municipalities throughout the Valley. $2,000

Recognition Grants (2015)

The VCF Board of Directors recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations that have been acknowledged for their service to the Valley Community. 

These honorees received a grant in 2015 from the VCF Board to donate to a Valley nonprofit of their choice.

Mary Lou Cook Award - PCRC
Pam Lorenzo - Grant to VNA of South Central CT 

Charles L. Flynn Humanitarian Award - Valley United Way
Ron Villani - Grant to BHcare to support the
Umbrella Program

Gold Seal Awards - Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Harry Burlakoff (Gold) - Grant to Treasured Time
  • Jimmy Ryan (Platinum) - Grant to Assumption Church
  • Frederick Serra (Gold) - Grant to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley 
  • Valley Substance Abuse Action Council (Silver) - Grant to Valley Substance Abuse Action Council’s Youth Program Red Watch
  • Robert Van Egghen (Gold) - Grant to TEAM, Inc.

Good Scout Award - Housatonic Boy Scout Council
Iroquois Pipeline - Grant to Valley United Way

Dr. John Ireland Howe Award -Derby Historical Society
Martha Dulla-Andrea - Grant to Derby Historical Society

Raymond P. Laveties Service to Youth Award
William Miller - Grant to Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley

Joseph A.Pagliaro, Sr. Award - PCRC
Carol Pendagast - Grant to Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center

Women Making a Difference - Valley Women’s Health Initiative

  • Martha Dulla-Andrea - Grant to Valley United Way, Central Connecticut Coast Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc.
  • Antoinetta Hallet - Grant to Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
  • Anne Miller Lynch - Grant to Assumption School
  • Caroline O’Bar - Grant to BHcare to support the Umbrella Program
  • Sue Petrizzo - Grant to Griffin Hospital Development Fund to support Valley Goes Pink
  • Elizabeth Pisano - Grant to Seymour Ambulance Association
  • Ruth Tuccio - Grant to Pups Without Partners Greyhound Adoption

In Recognition for their Service

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley -in recognition of all the hard work, time, and effort to send Brooke Grand to compete in the National Youth of the Year event.
  • Brooke Grand - winner of the 2015 Connecticut State Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year 
  • Sherrod McNeill - In honor of his receiving the 2015 CT National Distinguished Principal Award 
  • Online Journalism Project - to support the Valley Independent Sentinel, in recognition for the time and effort it gave to The Great Give® 2015, particularly the 36-hour webcast.
  • TEAM, Inc. - In honor of TEAM’s 50th Anniversary

Responsive Grant Program (2015)

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

Donor Advised Grants (2015)

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.
BHcare
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
Griffin Hospital
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
TEAM, Inc.
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
VARCA
Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut
Women’s Business Development Council
Working Lands Alliance

Community Grants (2015)

This application process recognizes smaller, volunteer or neighborhood groups with grant awards of up to $2,500.

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Committee - To support the purchase of perishable and non-perishable food items for distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to 50 families in need. $2,500

Ansonia High School Quilting and Sewing Charity Club - To support AHS students in the creation of quilts for charity. $1,000

Ansonia High School Class of 2018 Advisory - To support the AHS Class of 2018 to work with an organization, to develop and implement a community service proposal, and to showcase their efforts at an end of the year celebration. $2,500

Ansonia School Readiness - To support the cost of a kick-off event for Kindergarten registration in Ansonia. $1,600

City of Derby, Bureau of Youth Services - To support the Juvenile Board Supportive Education Program. $2,500

College Access for All Kids, Inc. - To support a college campus tour for 45 to 50 middle/high school students from Ansonia. $2,500

Colonial Youth Football and Cheer - To support the purchase of new uniforms and gear for the Colonial Eagles Inspiration (Special Needs) Cheer Team. $2,500

Derby Historical Society - To support a one week summer day camp with a focus on local, state, and national history for ages 6-15. $1,500

Friends of the Derby Neck Library - To support the artistic and creative experiences of children in the Valley in the summer. $1,500

North Star - To support the cost of North Star’s Annual Picnic in late June/July, North Star’s Annual Holiday Party and North Star’s monthly meetings. These events are for families throughout the Valley who have children/
adults with disabilities. $2,500

Oil Drum Art, Inc. - To support valley students who will paint prepped recycled 55 gallon oil drums with historical themes from their towns. $2,500

Seymour Historical Society - To support the purchase of seven museum quality room darkening shades for the museum. $1,695

Southford Falls Quilt Guild - To support the cost of “Saturday Sews” which teaches techniques for members to produce themed quilts that when completed will be donated to local nonprofits. $2,500

Valley Deaf Club - To support the deaf/hard of hearing community by providing assistance for a recreational softball program and opportunities for social gatherings. $2,500

Youth 2 Youth Peer Advocates - To support the cost of sending as many high school students as possible to the Youth 2 Youth National conference in RI. The Conference focuses on four areas with a comprehensive approach: drug education and information, personal growth, decision making environmental change and
drug free fun. $2,500

Needs and Opportunities Grants (2015)

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. $10,000

Sponsorship Grants (2015)

Nonprofit organizations can apply for support from VCF for up to $2,500 for special events, especially those events that inform the community of a particular issue.

American Legion, John Collins Post 24 - To sponsor one boy and one girl from Derby High School for the Boys/Girls State Program. $600

American Legion Post #174 - To sponsor one boy and one girl from Oxford for the Boys/Girls State Program. $600

Ansonia High School PTSO - To sponsor the Ansonia Post Prom event. $750

Area Congregations Together, Inc. - To sponsor the 18th Annual Walk for the Hungry and Homeless. $1,000

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fairfield County Chapter - To sponsor the annual National Philanthropy Day. $800

Assumption Church - To sponsor the 2015-2016 season of Sundays at Five musical series. $1,000

BHcare

  • To sponsor the Greater Valley Substance Abuse Action Council’s 25th anniversary conference. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. $2,000
  • To sponsor the holiday gala “A Magical Evening…an Evening of Magic, Music, and More”. $1,000

Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby - To sponsor the 91st
Annual Scout Gang Show. $250

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley

  • To sponsor the John “Red” Larsen Golf Classic. $500
  • To sponsor the 14th Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race. $2,500

Celebrate Shelton

  • To sponsor the Shelton Community Tree Lighting at the Shelton Veterans Memorial Park. $1,000
  • To sponsor the “Downtown Sounds” Summer Community Concert Series at Shelton’s Veteran Memorial Park. $1,500

Center Stage Theatre. Inc. - To sponsor the annual Teen Musical Theatre Workshop. $1,000

Connecticut Partnership for Children Inc. - To sponsor the Diaper Dash 5K and Kids Fun Run. $500

Derby High School PTO - To sponsor the Derby High School Post Prom event. $750

Derby Historical Society

  • To sponsor the 25th Annual Appeal. $850
  • To sponsor the Annual Silver Tea. $500

Emil Singer Post 10 American Legion - To sponsor one boy and one girl from Seymour to attend the American Legion Boy’s State and Girl’s State programs. $600

Family and Children’s Aid - To sponsor the 2015 Kids Cup Annual Golf Fundraiser. $500

Griffin Hospital - To sponsor the annual gala. $1,000

Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America - To sponsor the annual Scouting for Food Drive. $2,500

Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc. - To sponsor the 30th Annual “Bowl for Kids” Bowl-A-Thon. $500

The Kidnetic Clubhouse 

  • To sponsor a Family Fun Day Mini Museum event. $500
  • To sponsor a Parent’s Play Date. $500
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

  • To sponsor the 2015 Scrabble Challenge. $1,000

Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child
Resource Center

  • To sponsor the Annual Awards Dinner. $500
  • To sponsor the 2nd Annual Food Trucks in the Valley. $700
  • To sponsor Pedal for PCRC. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 16th Annual “Fore! The Children” Golf Tournament. $500

The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund

  • To sponsor “In Love and Chocolate”. $250
  • To sponsor the Soupstock Music and Arts Festival. $500

Moving With Health Oriented Physical Education, Inc. - To sponsor CT Bike For HOPE. $500

Oxford Cultural Arts Commission - To sponsor
Oxford’s FACE (Festival of Arts, Culture and
Entertainment). $500

Oxford Freedom Run Committee - To sponsor the 7th Annual 5K Run 2 mile walk and children’s Rock Hopper Fun Run. $1,500

Oxford High School Booster Club, Inc.

  • To sponsor the Oxford High School post prom event. $750
  • To sponsor a back to school movie night. $750

Seymour Christmas Parade Association - To sponsor the Seymour Christmas Parade. $1,000

Seymour Founders’ Day Association Inc. - To sponsor the 6th Annual Seymour Founders’ Day. $2,500

Seymour High School Post Prom - To sponsor the Seymour High School Post Prom event. $750

Seymour Historical Society - To sponsor eight
programs presented by the Seymour Historical
Society Educational Series. $2,500

Seymour Oxford Rotary Club - To sponsor a fall
fundraiser benefitting area nonprofits. $500

Seymour Pink, Inc. - To sponsor the 4th Annual
Pounding The Pavement for Pink 5K Run. $2,500

Seymour Public Schools - To sponsor Champion of Choices, an anti-bullying program at Seymour High School and Seymour Middle School. $2,500

Seymour Tradition, Inc. - To sponsor Smoke in the Valley 2015 on October 2nd and 3rd in downtown Seymour. $2,500

Shelton Exchange Club Foundation, Inc.

  • To sponsor the Annual Charity Golf Event. $500
  • To sponsor the 4th Annual Charity Indoor Mini Golf Tournament. $500

Shelton High School PTSO - To sponsor the annual Shelton High School post prom event. $750

Shelton High School Robotics Team - To sponsor the CT FIRST Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament Competition. $1,000

St. Joseph High School

  • To sponsor the annual St. Joseph High School Post Prom event. $750
  • To sponsor the St. Joseph High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony. $500

St. Lawrence School - To sponsor a presentation about internet safety for students and parents. $500

St. Mary’s Church - To support the cost of purchasing a tent for the Summer Festival. $2,500

TEAM, Inc.

  • To sponsor the 8th Annual Men Who Cook fundraiser. $1,000
  • To sponsor the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. $1,000

Treasured Time - To sponsor the Extra Innings Softball Marathon with the Bridgeport Bluefish. $500

United Methodist Homes - To sponsor the Wesley Village 5k Annual Road Race and Fun Walk. $250

Valley Breast Health Care Fund - To sponsor the Women Who Make a Difference event. $1,000

Valley Council for Health and Human Services - To sponsor the Annual Meeting. $500

Valley Parent University - To sponsor the Valley Parent University at Derby High School. $1,000

Valley Shakespeare Festival - To sponsor four free performances of Shakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Veteran’s Memorial Park. $2,500

Valley United Way

  • To sponsor the Annual Meeting, Community Gala, Campaign Underwriter Kickoff, and Harvest House. $3,500
  • To sponsor the High School Volunteer Council’s Community Family Fun Day. $2,000
  • To sponsor the first Community Gala. $1,000

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center -
To sponsor the 2nd Annual VITAHLS Healthy
Cooking Competition. $500

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA - To sponsor the Valley YMCA 7th Annual Sunset 5K and 2 Mile Fitness Walk. $2,500

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