Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation works to address the community’s critical issues, funds programs benefiting local residents, supports efforts to improve systems to foster more equitable outcomes for resident, strengthens local organizations through learning and outreach, and works with individuals, families and corporations to steward charitable and scholarship funds.
Their approach focuses on:
- Supporting programs, advocacy and system change efforts that address health disparity
- Increasing access to safe and affordable housing
- Improving food systems to ensure access and affordability
- Improving health systems to ensure access, culturally responsive practices, and affordability
- Applying an Environmental Justice lens to projects that seek to clean up land, air and neighborhoods in order to positively impact health
Efforts they support include:
- Collaborations that improve access to basic needs (such as food and housing) and to preventative health care especially for BIPOC residents
- Evidence-based prevention and chronic disease management programs for diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, asthma, mental health first aid, and falls
- Housing advocacy efforts that address high eviction rates, safe housing (lead abatement) and affordability in Waterbury
- Expanding access to behavioral health and substance abuse interventions, especially in multi-lingual and rural communities
- System improvements that support increased access to medical and behavioral health services (such as transportation and telehealth)
- Efforts to advocate for environmental justice in Waterbury and work toward reducing environmental disparities across communities.
- In order to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor, if they do not have their own nonprofit status.
- Have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.
- They encourage requests that:
- Provide services or support to the communities located within their 21-town service area
- Support system change and advocacy efforts
- Include support for core nonprofit operations such as staff time, overhead and evaluation
- Support organizations led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)
For more information, visit https://conncf.org/supporting-nonprofits/health-and-environmental-justice/