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Neighbors for Neighbors Fund Grants

In March of 2020, the Community Foundation created the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Chef Tomm Johnson of the local nonprofit Whalers helping Whalers

Chef Tomm Johnson of the local nonprofit Whalers Helping Whalers has been making meals for those in need since the beginning of the pandemic from their workspace provided by the New London Elks Lodge 360.

 

As the COVID-19 crisis has heightened inequities in our communities and made life even more difficult for already-vulnerable populations, over 150 grants totaling $1,472,322 from the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund have helped people access the most basic human rights: food, housing, healthcare and education.

Following is a listing of the grantees from Round I, 2 and 3 of the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund. We anticipate future rounds of grantmaking through 2021 as the recovery phase unfolds. 

Round 3 Grants: $483,050 (March 2021)

Regionwide        
 

American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter | $1,500     
Disaster Cycle Services during the Pandemic for Windham and New London Counties

Connecticut Cancer Foundation | $15,000     
Cancer + COVID-19

Girl Scouts of Connecticut | $10,000     
Girl Scouts of Connecticut: COVID-19 Relief for Camp Laurel

Operation Fuel | $15,000     
Emergency Energy Support for Families Impacted by COVID-19

Thames Valley Council for Community Action | $10,000     
Diaper Distribution to Low-Income Families Impacted by COVID-19 

Northeast Region        


First Congregational Church of Woodstock | $4,000     
Refrigerator for Community Kitchen

Interfaith Human Services of Putnam | $10,000     
Daily Bread Food Pantry

Town of Plainfield, CT | $5,000     
Recreation and Senior Center Technology Upgrades and Programing 

United Services | $15,000     
General Operating

Norwich Region        


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich | $8,000     
Intensive Case Management/Emergency Basic Needs

Martin House | $8,000     
COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

Norwich Youth & Family Services | $10,000     
Training Recovery Assistance for Determined Employees (TRADE) 

The Salvation Army of Norwich | $7,000     
COVID-19 Response and Recovery

St. Vincent de Paul Place | $20,000     
Served Meals and Food Pantry

Tele-Health Access for Seniors | $1,300     
General Operating

Thames River Community Service | $10,000     
General Operating/Resident Rent Support

United Community & Family Services | $6,000     
Tele-health Support Equipment

Southeast Region    


Always Home | $15,000     
Early Eviction Prevention of Low-income Single Mothers with Minor Children

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut | $10,000     
Childcare General Operating 

Children First Groton | $4,000     
Community Meals and Flexible COVID-19 Family Emergency Relief Funds

The Cove Center for Grieving Children | $1,500     
Family Program - Stonington Location

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | $10,000     
Neighbors & Nature Scholarships

East Lyme Giving Garden Association | $6,000     
COVID-19 Response

Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association | $5,000     
Growing Fresh Vegetables for Donation to the Hungry

FRESH New London/TSNE | $14,000     
Food to the People - Delivery Food Pantry in New London 

Immigration Advocacy & Support Center | $10,000     
General Operating

Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. | $2,000     
Pet Food Assistance Program

LifeFAQs | $5,000     
Goal Positioning System and the Distance Learning Center

New London Area Food Coalition | $20,000     
Feeding the Food Insecure 2021

New London Community Meal Center | $5,000     
General Operating

New London Homeless Hospitality | $20,000     
Direct Financial Assistance

New London Youth Affairs | $6,000     
NL Dominican Association COVID-19 support through Parent Leadership Courses

OutCT | $5,000     
General Operating 

Project Oceanology | $12,000     
Healthy Campers 2021

Riverfront Children's Center | $10,000     
Scholar Dollars - Childcare Tuition Funds for Low- to-Moderate Income Families 

Safe Futures | $25,000     
Providing Essential Services During COVID-19

Salvation Army of New London | $12,000     
COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Shiloh Development Corporation | $3,500     
Complex Pantry 

S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society | $15,000     
General Operating Helping Hands

Town of Groton Department of Human Services | $5,000     
Rental Assistance for Eligible Groton Households

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut | $4,200     
Food Pantry 

Whalers Helping Whalers | $10,000     
General Operating

Yellow Farmhouse Education Center | $2,000     
Share the Bounty

Windham Region       


Covenant Soup Kitchen | $25,000     
General Operating - Emergency Food Pantry Expansion/Accessibility 

First Baptist Church of Mansfield | $1,050     
Little Free Pantry

GROW Windham | $9,000     
Windham Community Growers Corps

Holy Family Home and Shelter | $3,000     
COVID-19 Support

Horizons | $10,000     
Keeping Connected to Keep Safe

Our Piece of the Pie | $5,000     
Supporting Youth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

The Salvation Army of Willimantic | $12,000     
COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Windham Region No Freeze Project | $25,000     
Diversion and Housing Funding

Round 2 Grants: $502,755 (October 2020)

Regionwide


Connecticut Cancer Foundation | $7,000 
General Operating: Cancer + COVID-19   

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding | $5,000        
Financial Aid Program      

LEARN | $12,000    
Connecting through Technology    

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England | $15,000        
PPE Stockpile Project      
 
United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut | $10,000        
Critical services for persons with disabilities      

Northeast Region
 

Community Kitchens of NE CT | $1,500        
PPE equipment program & winterizing our program   

EASTCONN | $10,000
Adult & Community Programs COVID-19 Technology   

Norwich Region


City of Norwich - Recreation Dept. | $10,000        
HYBRID School year program - P.R.E.P.      

Lee Memorial UM Church/Community Outreach Center | $12,000         
General Operating     

Madonna Place | $15,000    
General Operating      

St. Vincent de Paul Place | $15,000        
Served Meals and Food Pantry      

Southeast Region


Alliance for Living | $10,000        
COVID-19 education, supplies and testing      

Always Home | $15,000    
Early Eviction Prevention of Low-income Families with Minor Children      

Care and Share of East Lyme | $5,000        
Emergency Assistance Program

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut | $15,000
General Operating     

Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut | $12,000    
General Operating and Programmatic (AYUDA) Support      

Jewish Federation of Eastern CT | $7,000        
Assist New London residents with food and providing emergency services  

LEARN | $1,775
LEARN@Lunch    
 
Martin House | $7,000        
Basic Needs - Food Security      

New London Community Meal Center | $5,000        
General Operating      

New London Homeless Hospitality | $20,000        
Direct financial assistance to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis who cannot access other sources of support     
 
New London Recreation | $20,000        
New London Hybrid School Support Program      

New London Senior Center | $10,000        
Emergency Funding for New London Residents (55+ yrs. of age)      

Niantic Community Church Children's Center | $12,000        
General Operating      

Reliance Health | $4,800    
Laptops for Interns to Expand Teletherapy Offerings      

Riverfront Children's Center | $10,000        
Tuition for High Quality School-Age Child Care for Low to Moderate Income Families of Southeastern Connecticut     

Safe Futures | $18,000        
Providing Essential Services During COVID-19      

Shiloh Development Corporation | $5,000    
Shiloh Complex Food Pantry   

Southeast Connecticut Community Center of the Blind | $2,000         
General Operating      

The Southeast Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence | $15,000    
Kitchen-Compliance Update         

St. James Episcopal Church | $10,000        
The Lord’s Pantry       

Stand Up for Animals | $2,500        
Neighbors Helping Furry Friends     

S.T.E.P.S. | $3,000        
Support for Girls at Risk      

S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society | $12,000    
General Operating        

Thames River Community Service | $10,000    
General Operating (Resident Rent Support)      

Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) | $4,000    
Food, PPE & Other Essentials for Clients Receiving COVID-19 Community Resource Coordination      

Town of Groton Department of Human Services | $15,000         
Rental Assistance for Eligible Groton Households       

United Community & Family Services | $10,000         
Tele-health Equipment     

Whalers helping Whalers | $12,000         
General Operating     

Yellow Farmhouse Education Center | $4,680        
Share the Bounty      

Windham Region


CLiCK | $18,000    
CLiCK Food Rescue Program      

Horizons | $10,000    
Reopening - General Operating      

The Neighbor Fund | $12,000         
Project Represent     

Perception Programs | $7,500    
Mental and Behavioral Health Care Services Support   

Willimantic Public Library | $8,000        
Increasing free access to the internet in Willimantic      

Willington Human Services Department | $2,000        
Emergency Assistance      

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) | $15,000
General Operating   

Windham Region No Freeze Project | $15,000
General Operating

Windham Regional Community Council | $25,000     
General Operating    


Round 1 Grants: $486,517 (May 2020)

Regionwide   


The Arc Eastern Connecticut | $11,500 
PE for staff and residents of 22 supported group homes for persons with IDD

Chrysalis Center | $2,745
Community Supportive Housing COVID Impact Fund 

Connecticut Legal Services | $25,000 
General Operating and Increase Technology Capacity

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation | $2,500 
Emergency Funding for Veterinary Care

Health Education Center | $5,000 
Qualified Medical Interpreters and Assistance for Medically Underserved Residents

Nurse-Family Partnership | $2,000 
Supporting First-Time Mothers and Public Health Nurses During COVID-19

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters | $12,000 
Virtual Mentoring Program

Northeast Region    

Access Community Action Agency | $6,000 
General Operating 

Ashford Social Services | $5,000 
COVID-19 relief fund
 
Interfaith Human Services of Putnam | $6,000 
General Operating-Program Expenses

Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Inc (TEEG) | $8,000 
Covid Relief Fund

United Services | $3,000 
Client and Family Emergency COVID-19 Support

Norwich Region    


CASTLE | $4,000
General Operating
 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich | $4,000 
Intensive Case Management / Emergency Basic Needs

Madonna Place | $15,000 
Capital/equipment and PPE to improve Madonna Place Program Delivery and Safety

Martin House | $6,000 
Basic Needs - Food Security Program

Norwich City Hall/Norwich Human Services | $3,000
COVID19 masks for camp, RCSC

Norwich Human Services | $25,000
Covid Relief Fund: Direct assistance for residents
 
The Salvation Army | $5,000 
COVID-19 Crisis Response - Norwich Corps

St. Mary Food Pantry | $8,000 
General Operating

St. Vincent de Paul Place | $15,000 
Served Meals and Food Pantry

United Community & Family Services | $6,000 
Rosalyn Allen Food Pantry Expansion

Southeast Region    


Alliance for Living | $3,500 
Essentials for Living Food Program

Always Home | $5,000 
Homelessness Prevention/Shelter Diversion of Families Impacted by COVID-19

Bill Memorial Library | $1,992 
Physical Distancing Modifications Necessary for Library Reopening 

Community Speaks Out | $5,000 
Sober House Living Support Program

Covenant Shelter of New London | $3,000 
General Operating

Culture SECT Economic Recovery Fund | $20,000
Support for the Arts Recovery Fund

Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association | $5,000 
Feeding the Community

Fairview Odd Fellows Home of CT | $7,000 
Technology to Manage Spread of Infection

FRESH New London/TSNE | $12,000
General Operating

Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut | $7,000 
STARFISH: COVID-19 Emergency Humanitarian Response

Immigration Advocacy & Support Center | $7,880 
Client Support for USCIS Fees

Jewish Federation of Eastern CT | $7,000
General Operating 

Ledyard Food Pantry | $5,300 
Increase program capacity

The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center | $3,000 
iPads to Provide Program Delivery

New Life Christian Fellowship | $4,000 
For the community increase and demands placed on our food pantry 

New London Area Food Coalition | $9,000 
General Operating

New London Homeless Hospitality | $15,000 
Community Resource Center

Noank Community Support Services | $3,000 
Young Adult Homeless Shelter

OIC of New London County | $5,000 
Generating Operating

Project Oceanology | $10,000 
Healthy Campers 2020

Riverfront Children's Center | $6,000 
Tuition for High-Quality Child Care for Low to Moderate Income Families of Southeastern Connecticut

Safe Futures | $4,000
Providing Essential Services During COVID-19

The Salvation Army | $8,000
COVID-19 Crisis Response - New London Corps

Shiloh Development Corporation | $3,000
Shiloh New London Complex Temporary Food Pantry

Southeast Connecticut Community Center of the Blind | $2,000 
General Operating

St. James Episcopal Church | $12,000
The Lord’s Pantry 

S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society | $5,000 
Helping Hands Food Service Pantry

Thames River Community Service | $5,000 
Resident Rent Support

Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) | $7,000 
Emergency Client Assistance Program Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Town of Groton Human Services Department | $12,000 
Rental Assistance for Eligible Groton Households 

Windham Region    

Community Companion and Homemaking Services | $4,100 
Personal Protective Equipment for Home Care Workers

Covenant Soup Kitchen | $10,000 
General Operating

GROW Windham | $9,000 
Cooperative Community Food Share

Holy Family Home and Shelter | $10,000 
General Operating for periodic deep cleaning; elevator modernization

Horizons | $8,000 
General Operating

MARC, Inc. of Manchester | $7,000 
General Operating

Our Piece of the Pie | $7,000 
Supporting Youth through COVID-19 and beyond

The Salvation Army | $8,000 
COVID-19 Crisis Response - Willimantic Corps

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry | $21,000 
General Operating

Windham Region No Freeze Project | $20,000 
General Operating


Grantmaking from the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund was administered in collaboration with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut & the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. 

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