The Katharine Matthies Foundation grants for 1999 have been announced. Fleet Bank, Trustee of the Foundation, will distribute 36 grants totaling $552,513.97 to organizations that serve the Lower Naugatuck Valley community.
Katharine Matthies was a benefactress and lifelong resident of Seymour. The Foundation she established supports non-profit activities and programs that improve the quality of life in the Valley area. Since its first grants were made in 1989, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $6.5 million to fund projects serving the towns of Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Ansonia, and Derby.
Recipients of 1999 grants are:
Alliance for Economic Growth, Inc., with Healthy Valley 2000, $7,500 to create an annual "Return to the Rivers" weekend centered around a regatta on the Housatonic River.
Ansonia Community Action, Inc., $15,000 continued funding for inter-generational program.
Ansonia Housing Authority Development Corp., $18,000 to furnish computers for new computer lab in Tinney Community Center in Ansonia.
Ansonia Library, $14,771 funding for LANS system and software for a one year period.
Area Congregations Together, $2,570 to purchase a computer system for use in the food pantry.
Birmingham Group for Valley Substance Abuse Action Council, $3,000 to provide a community wide educational program concerning how the media influences the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth.
Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, $35,754 to purchase a 15-passenger van and fund associated expenses.
Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services $39,700 to develop and implement the Families Together Program.
Connecticut Players Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Long Wharf Theatre, $15,940, to provide programming for area middle and high school students.
Connecticut Trails Council Girls Scouts, Inc., $8,750 to provide camperships for needy girls and material for the summer camp program at An-Se-Ox.
Curtisey Corporation, $9,376 to continue the Innovations Network Family Self Sufficiency Program.
Derby Historical Society for Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, $2,625 toward tuition for area girls to attend Laurel Girls’ State in June of 2000.
Derby Public Library, $35,000 to provide new furnishings for a program/meeting room and furnishings for patron research and study in newly renovated building.
Derby Senior Citizens’ Center, Inc., $7,705 one year funding for the position of kitchen manager for an expanded meal program including the MANNA Project lunch program.
Healthways, Inc., $7,674 to implement a parenting program in conjunction with The Umbrella facility for battered women.
Housatonic Valley Association, $17,000 support for the development of the Naugatuck River Greenway in Seymour, Ansonia and Derby.
Housing Authority, Town of Seymour, $17,160 to provide continued funding for a Resident Services Coordinator at the Norman Ray House and implement the same service at the Rev. Callahan House.
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Inc., $38,485 to develop and expand its program in Seymour, Oxford and Beacon Falls.
Julia Day Nursery, Inc., $30,000 to purchase educational equipment and materials.
King’s Mark Resource Conservation & Development, Inc., $16,000 to construct a stone patio and walkway to the timber staircase that provides recreational access to the Naugatuck River in Beacon Falls.
Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc., $25,000 one year funding for a violence prevention program at the Seymour Middle School.
The Maritime Aquarium, $15,000 to underwrite the participation of area elementary and middle school students in the Aquarium’s environmental and science programs.
Naugatuck Campership Fund, Inc., $1,850 to provide a summer camp experience for needy children.
Oxford Center Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., $19,925 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.
Oxford Land Trust, Inc., $5,650 for projects to increase membership, improve publications and expand the use of its’ properties.
Sage Services of Connecticut, Inc., $15,000 to continue and expand services at Seymour Town Hall and Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Salvation Army, $1,228.97 to purchase two freezers for the Food Pantry.
Seymour Sesquicentennial Committee, $10,000 toward expenses of the 150th anniversary celebration.
Seymour Ambulance Association, Inc., $30,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance.
Seymour Public Library, $4,000 to purchase computers to improve circulation services and information access for the public.
TEAM, Inc., $21,000 to fund for one year a TEAM ElderCare trained staff person.
Valley United Way Volunteer Action Center, $20,000 to support the expansion of the operation of the VAC.
Valley United Way fiduciary for All American City Program, $17,5000 to defray expenses of the delegation going to Philadelphia for the competition.
Valley United Way, fiduciary for Valley Council of Health and Human Services, $6,850 to implement a program aimed at providing a diverse group of people to serve in volunteer leadership positions in nonprofit organizations in the Valley.
Valley YMCA, $7,500 to fund a pilot swim program for 6 to 12 year old children.
Young Audiences of Connecticut, $10,000 to continue performances, classroom and teacher’s workshops in Ansonia, Seymour and Oxford Schools.
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Katharine Matthies Foundation
Fleet Bank, Trustee
C/o Marjorie Alexandre Davis
777 Main Street, CT EH 40222B
Hartford, CT 06115
(860) 986-7696 or (860) 986-7845