Foundation gives grants, scholarships

Nonprofits in Trumbull received seven grants totaling nearly $25,000 from the Fairfield County Community Foundation and its donors in the last fiscal year. Trumbull students received 12 scholarships totaling over $33,000.

The Foundation and its donors awarded more than 1,100 grants and 311 scholarships totaling $17.3 million.

Trumbull nonprofits receiving support included: the Kennedy Center, Trumbull Library, and YMCA Lakewood-Trumbull.

“As our region continues to grapple with ongoing economic challenges, our donors have continued to respond as never before to help those in need,” said Juanita James, Foundation president and CEO. “While critical support to food banks, health clinics, shelters and job training programs continue to be top areas of giving, the Foundation and many of our donors also focus on long-term issues such as education, affordable housing and transportation.”

Grants from the Foundation come from two principal sources: Donations to the Foundation placed in endowments and charitable funds established by individual donors at the Foundation. Scholarships are awarded by local high school programs as well as through a competitive application process at the Foundation.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish their own charitable funds or contribute to existing funds focused on specific areas of need or communities in Fairfield County. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. For more information, visit