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More than $1M in grant funding awarded to area nonprofits

January 7, 2019

Improved patient care programs and a new education facility are among several plans that area nonprofits have for the more than $1 million in state grants that were issued over the weekend.

The funding is part of roughly $30.9 million awarded to 92 nonprofit organizations throughout the state following a Thursday announcement by outgoing Governor Danial Malloy.

The funding is part of the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program, which Malloy launched in 2013.

The program has reportedly invested $105 million in hundreds of state nonprofits for one-time infrastructure improvements.

“Connecticut’s nonprofit organizations serve every resident of Connecticut and play a substantial role in maintaining our safety net,” Malloy said in a press release. “Partnering with them is a smart fiscal investment to ensure that they can continue to provide services while doing so in an efficient, cost-effective way ... (so) ... these nonprofit organizations can focus their attention on what they do best - getting services to those who need them most.”

More than half of the funding is slated for Bridgeport-based organizations, the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging and the Visiting Nurses Services of Connecticut.

A $323,000 grant was awarded to the SWCAA’s care management program which helps older adults forgo nursing facility care and remain in their home and community.

Officials said the money will also be used to improve IT infrastructure and to managing people’s care at home.

“Technology becomes a more important piece of connecting people and their needs to the Medicaid system at the state of Connecticut,” said Marie Allen, executive director of SWCAA. “We’re going to be able to use those funds to purchase laptops for our care managers so that they are doing real time entry when they are in the homes with older adults.”

Around the same amount has been allocated to VNS so the organization can purchase laptops for its staff of clinicians. The nonprofit provides specialized home and hospice care to thousands of patients throughout Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties.

The remaining state funding was divvied up between Trumbull, Shelton and Derby nonprofits.

In Trumbull, The Kennedy center Inc., which provides services to people with disabilities, is expected to get more than $178,000 for upgrades to medical and safety equipment.

Shelton-based Recovery Network of Programs Inc will receive $160,406 for similar repairs and upgrades to its addiction and mental health recovery facility at 2 Trap Falls Road.

TEAM Inc. in Derby is set to receive $92,700 to replace a vehicle used to deliver Meals on Wheels

Stepping outside of Fairfield County, $1 million is expected to go to the Milford-based Boys and Girls Village Inc. to develop the nonprofit’s new Life Skills Training Center.

With sites in Milford, Bridgeport and Norwalk, the nonprofit focuses on helping at-risk youth.

“One area that we have noticed there was a particular absence of programming and support for was at the time where often youth are called upon to enter into adulthood,” said Steven Kant, CEO of the Boys and Girls Village.

The 4,000 square-foot facility, which will be built on the organization’s 11-acre Milford campus, will allow for small group instruction, peer modeling and hands-on experience to provide basic employment and work readiness skills.

It will also offer training in financial literacy, health and wellness, finding affordable housing, healthy lifestyles and more.

“Without these skills, a disproportionate number of at-risk youth will remain chronically unemployed, have ongoing substance abuse issues and or become involved with juvenile justice,” Kant said. “These are kids who often come to us and still have a number of skills that they are not really prepared to exhibit and yet, they are put into life’s circumstances that they often don’t have the support of friends and family.”

Jordan.grice@Hearstmediact.com

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