Nonprofits serving Shelton, students receive grants

Nonprofits that serve Shelton residents received four grants totaling more than $9,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation the last fiscal year. Shelton students received 10 scholarships totaling more than $19,000.

The community foundation and its donors awarded $12 million in grants in fiscal 2014. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 341 nonprofits in Fairfield County. In addition, 262 scholarships totaling more than $707,000 were awarded to local students.

Nonprofits receiving support included: Area Congregations Together Inc. (which operates Spooner House), Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation Inc., Fairfield Rotary Club Foundation, and Rotary Club of Bridgeport.

“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, 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," James said.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds.