Foundation helps nonprofits help the community

The Valley Community Foundation announces $420,304 in single- and multi-year grants will be awarded to nonprofits providing services to Valley residents. Grants were awarded through its responsive grantmaking cycle, which is done with its partner in philanthropy The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

“These are all wonderful programs,” said Sharon Closius, president and CEO of the Valley Community Foundation. “We are pleased to provide resources to the nonprofits doing great work in our Valley region to address some of today’s most significant issues.”

Education and support services for youth in the Valley were a major focus for nonprofits applying for financial support in 2014. As a result, approximately $226,600 of the total grant funding will go towards educating youth and adults in the area.


In the area of health-related grantmaking, VCF awarded Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program and the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut more than $34,000 for community programs and in-home care to Valley residents.

“Our continued commitment to health care issues is evident as well,” said Closius. “We recognize that some of the most important work done in the health field isn’t taking place in the doctor’s office. Education and support within the community are key components to having a healthy Valley.”

Other grants addressed issues such as basic needs, economic success, civic vitality and supporting arts and culture throughout the Valley community.

The Valley Community Foundation is continuing its support of core services to Valley nonprofits with the awarding of multi-year grants to five organizations this year, providing the ability to strategically plan its programs.

“This year, 12 grant applications were funded,” said Valerie Knight-Di Gangi, program officer at the Valley Community Foundation. “In 2013, VCF awarded 10 multi-year grants to nonprofits, which includes a $390,000 commitment through 2016. This year’s multi-grant awards will add another $168,000 to VCF’s funding commitment in coming years.”

Responsive grants were awarded

• Ansonia Public Schools-Human Relations Club, $16,600.

• Ansonia School Readiness-Discovery, $25,000.

• Area Congregations Together, $50,000.

• Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley, $105,000.

• Derby Early Childhood Council $20,000.

• Griffin Hospital, $22,504.

• Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, $60,000.

• Shelton Economic Development Corporation, $40,000.

• Shelton Historical Society, $45,000.

• Valley United Way, $9,200.

• Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, $12,000.

• Workplace Inc., $15,000.

About grant money

Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.

For more information, visit or contact VCF President Sharon Closius, at or 203-751-9162.