Published December 20, 2019 New London — The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut announced it has awarded $210,554 in grants this year to 53 nonprofits. The grants were awarded by the foundation’s four Women & Girls Funds in the following amounts: Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $18,795 to 11 nonprofits, including Community Health Resources for basic needs of women coming out of intensive residential treatment programs. Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $8,500 to three nonprofits, including Safe Futures for a short-term safe living program at the Katie Blair House. Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $122,259 to 20 nonprofits, including Hispanic Alliance of SECT/La Latina Network for BRILLA, a leadership development program for Latina teens. Windham Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $61,000 to 19 nonprofits, including Perception Programs to empower new residents to begin their journey on the path to self-worth and positive decisions. “The Foundation is excited to announce an increase of nearly $30,000 in our grantmaking from 2018 that supports programs to lift up women and girls throughout our region,” Program Director Jennifer O’Brien said in a statement. “In partnership with our generous donors, we are able to focus on economic security and domestic violence, as well as improved health and educational outcomes for those in greatest need.” The four Women & Girls Funds have a combined endowment of more than $4 million and have awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to over 440 programs.