Valley United Way awarded 17 grants to area nonprofits covering a wide range of issues in the Valley. The Special Needs Grants Program is a small grants program created with funds that donors have designated to address needs in the community. The funds are separate from the traditional United Way funding program which takes place each year. Grants awarded were more than $31,000: \u2022 Ansonia Community Action, $1,600, for before and after school program. \u2022 Area Congregations Together, $1,000 for bus token assistance. \u2022 BHcare, a combined $2,500 for Antoniette\u2019s Angel\u2019s House and Mental Health First Aid Training of trainees youth program. \u2022 Boy Scouts, $1,500 for BSA technology. \u2022 Bureau of Youth Services\/Derby, $1,500 for reducing school-based arrests. \u2022 Discovery Project, $2,390.70 for the Valley Early Childhood Task Force Play and Learn Fair. \u2022 Junior Achievement of Western CT, $3,000 for achievement middle school Pathways programs. \u2022 Literacy Volunteers, $1,777 for test books for literacy volunteers, students and teachers. \u2022 Salvation Army, $2,000 for family night and kids\u2019 club. \u2022 Shelton Youth Services Bureau, $400 for remedial tutors. \u2022 Team, Inc., a combined $7,630 for caregivers workshops, early head start diapers by the dozens program and volunteer caregivers shoveling for seniors program. \u2022 United Way, $972.25 for community gardening. \u2022 Valley Parish Nurse program, $1,102.21 for children restraint seats. \u2022 Valley YMCA, $4,000 for members in residence.