Category Archives: Grant Awards

CFMC Presents $25,000 Grant to Pathfinders for Deer Lake Project

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Presents $25,000 Grant to Pathfinders for Deer Lake Project Award made possible by the Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals and Nature Middletown, CT – The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) wrapped up its 25th anniversary celebration in December with a surprise $25,000 grant to Pathfinders, Inc. for its Deer Lake Project. The award was given in recognition and support of the nonprofit’s hard work, persistence, and strong passion for making a difference by fostering outdoor education and recreation for all at its recently purchased property, Deer Lake, a…

The Nature Conservancy Pilot Project at Burnham Brook Preserve

Community Foundation of Middlesex County, The Nature Conservancy Launch Equitable Conservation Initiative Pilot project to increase awareness and access to 1122-acre Burnham Brook Preserve The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) and The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut (TNC in CT) announced a new pilot project to expand access to Burnham Brook Preserve as well as conservation initiatives and experiences in the Preserve region. The 1122-acre oasis for birds, wildlife and people stretches from East Haddam to Old Lyme and protects the watersheds of Burnham Brook, Strong Brook, and the Eightmile River. It is one of the most important conservation areas of…

Summer Camp – Summer Fun

Oh What Fun We Had! Summer – a time of sunshine, friends, and activities galore. Middlesex County has an abundance of camps and summer programs to choose from – all with one thing in common, helping our youth create memories and friendships, all while having a lot of fun. The advisors of the M. Jones Fund at the Community Foundation loved camp when they were growing up. They recall the friendships, the adventures, and the laughter – of their own summer days. They wanted to ensure that youth in our community had those same opportunities this summer. Working with CFMC, they…

Celebrating A Summer Of Pop Up Grants

Thank you so much for making our virtual “Pop Up Grant” initiative a great success! Wow! Really, that is all we can say! You made our celebration of local nonprofits a great success – and submitted an incredible variety of organizations doing great things in Middlesex County. We believe every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact in our community – and so do you. Several anonymous donors stepped forward to help us support the Pop Up Grant Initiative, and we can’t say thank you enough. Your generosity and commitment to helping our nonprofit community is humbling. Throughout the…

Killingworth Community Fund Celebrates “Good People Doing Great Things”

There are so many things that make up a vibrant community, from arts and culture, education and the environment to health and social services, civic engagement, and economic opportunity. You, along with your neighbors, are the key ingredient – giving back where you live, work, and play, and making a very real and positive difference together. The Killingworth Community Fund (KCF), as a geographic affiliate of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), is able to make a deeper impact in the Killingworth community because your generous gifts are pooled with those of so many others throughout Middlesex County. Thanks…

Celebrating CFMC Grantees

Friends, donors, Board and committee members, and nonprofit organizations came together July 25 at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to celebrate “Good People Doing Great Things.” More than 130 people joined CFMC to recognize the grant recipients of 2018 and to share incredible stories of the positive impact we are having – together – on Middlesex County. We extend our deepest thanks to Liberty Bank Foundation and Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for sponsoring the annual celebration. We are grateful to the talented actors of Vista Life Innovations’ A Shared Stage Production who performed a number from Sister Act for…

CT Humanities Awards Grant to the James Family Documentary Project Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The James Family and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce that Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has awarded the James Family Documentary Project Fund a grant of $17,500 for the continuing work on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters. Journalist, community volunteer and former CFMC board member Elisabeth (Liz) Petry and her cousins Ashley James and Kathryn Golden have been hard at work with volunteers and experts, working on the planning phase of the documentary film and continuing the research into the incredible James family history. Liz received an amazing gift from her mother, acclaimed author Ann…

Buddy Bench Fun at Center School, East Hampton

Sarah Cody, WTNH, joined the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners Fund and Rushford Academy at Center School in East Hampton for a very special presentation – a new Buddy Bench for the playground! See all the fun HERE – and read Sarah’s story about the Buddy Bench project at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in partnership with Rushford Academy.

Sailing Into A Second Season

Sailing Into A Second Season For twenty years, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has been defined by its grassroots approach to philanthropy, leadership, and legacy. We help connect valued donors with local nonprofits to address community needs and improve the quality of life for all. We do this by funding nonprofit programs and services, and by going “beyond the grant” by offering workshops, seminars, webinars and one-on-one consulting to help our nonprofit partners flourish. This past year we had the pleasure of connecting with Deep River resident Ray Hayes, and Pay4Ward, his newly established charitable organization that helps an…

St. Luke’s Sends a Thank You and Some Great News

What does a grant look like? Sometimes it is as simple as a Thank You letter with some wonderful news. St. Luke’s Community Services received word of their 2015-2016 grant award at the same time they received some more good news — so they decided to say Thank You and Hooray in a single announcement. We decided to share it with you … just as we received it:   Congratulations, St. Luke’s Community Services for all you do for our region — and THANK YOU, our generous and caring donors, for making this grant – and this good news –…

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