Fairfield County’s Community Foundation awards $12 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students

Dec 01, 2014

NORWALK, December 1, 2014 — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and its fundholders awarded $12 million in grants and scholarships in its fiscal year 2014.

Nearly $5.5 million is grants went to 341 nonprofits in Fairfield County. In addition, 262 scholarships totaling more than $707,000 were awarded to Fairfield County students.

“Thanks to the generosity of our fundholders and donors, young people are going to college, low-income families are living in safe housing they can afford, the arts are recovering from the recession, and dozens of causes are receiving support,” said Juanita James, Community Foundation president and CEO. “The Community Foundation and many of our donors also focus on regional issues such as helping youth become self-sufficient by 25, women achieve economic security, and nonprofits become even more efficient and effective.”

Grants and scholarships within Fairfield County included:

City Grants Scholarships
Bethel $7,178 $6,995
Bridgeport $1,111,210 $165,999
Brookfield $20,000
Danbury $188,769 $25,695
Darien $164,60 $10,168
Easton $1,250 $1,500
Fairfield $281,058 $44,058
Greenwich $1,101,946 $206,000
Monroe $27,500 $12,658
New Canaan $101,441
Newtown $55,650 $7,000
Norwalk $734,083 $48,060
Redding $1,000 $5,400
Ridgefield $157,305 $10,075
Shelton $9,056 $19,065
Stamford $1,075,601 $63,000
Stratford $15,000 $38,936
Trumbull $74,707 $13,500
Weston $2,500 $2,530
Westport $338,039 $25,287
Wilton $29,750 $2,854

Grants from the Community Foundation come from two principal sources: donations to the Community Foundation placed in endowments to address the ever-changing community needs; and charitable funds established by individual donors at the Community Foundation. Scholarships are awarded by local high school programs as well as through a competitive application process at the Community Foundation.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.FCCFoundation.org.