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2000 Grants


The Katharine Matthies Foundation grants for 2000 have been announced. Fleet Bank, Trustee of the Foundation, will distribute 46 grants totaling $742,386.75 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 $7 million to fund projects serving the towns of Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Ansonia and Derby.

Recipients of 2000 grants are:

AHA Development Corporation, $10,560 to extend the hours of the 13-station computer lab at Tinney Community Center.

Beacon Falls Historical Society, $2,800 to equip new office facility with computer and accessory equipment.

Birmingham Group Health Services, $7,380 to support Internet-based program in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and to create a community-based web program.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, $28,880 to open an after school satellite at Derby Veterans Center.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, $15,061 to provide after school busing from Seymour schools to the Boys & Girls Club in Shelton.

Catholic Family Services of Ansonia, $21,456 to continue and expand the Families Together Program.

Children in Placement, $5,000 to provide volunteer court advocates for abused and neglected children.

Covenant to Care, Inc., $3,500 to increase the hours of the regional coordinator.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, $20,000 to provide educational workshops for teachers from the Seymour school system.

Department of Children and Families, $10,000 to support recreational/cultural opportunities for Valley children in foster care.

Derby Historical Society, $30,000 to upgrade building handicap accessibility.

Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council, $8,248 to sponsor 20 girls who cannot afford to participate in Girls Scouts without financial assistance.

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, $15,000 to support the Naugatuck River Valley Marketing Initiative.

Griffin Hospital, $83,333 as first installment of multi-year grant to fund 3 patient care components of Capital Campaign 2000.

Healthways, Inc. $15,802 to support the expansion of the Active Parenting Today program.

Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America, $33, 247 to purchase equipment and improvements to the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, $18,000 to continue the development and expansion of programs.

Long Wharf Theatre, $17,220 to support the participation of middle and high schools in the Student Series Program.

Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc., $8,000, to implement a Parent Advocacy Training Program.

Maritime Aquarium, $22,500 to provide marine science education to elementary and middle school students.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 to support the Valley Pops 2000-2001 concert series.

Oxford Economic Development Corporation, $15,000 to enhance the economic development efforts of Oxford.

Oxford Lions Club, $25,000 towards constructing a pavilion at Jacksonís Cove Park.

Pop Warner Football of Seymour, $12,075 to upgrade player equipment to safety standards.

Sage Services of CT, Inc., $15,000 to provide employment for residents of Seymour and other Valley communities.

Salvation Army, $2,200 to purchase a utility trailer to transport food for the Emergency Food Pantry.

Seymour Ambulance Association Inc., $4,250 to purchase equipment for the training center.

Seymour Cultural and Arts Commission, $14,510 to expand community programming at the Strand Theatre.

Seymour Land Conservation Trust, Inc., $8,500 to improve safety and handicapped access in the park.

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, $33,724.75 to help purchase a personnel accountability system.

Seymour-Oxford Nursery and Child Care Association, Inc., $4,275 to create a component called SONCCA Science.

Shakesperience Productions, Inc., $5,500 to offer performances and workshops in Valley school districts.

Southern Connecticut Library Council, $24,500 to replicate the Family Place Model in Seymour and Derby Public Libraries.

Southford Cemetery Association, Inc., $10,000 to repair and restore broken gravestones in Southford Cemetery and Jackís Hill.

Team, Inc., $23,790 to fund home-delivered meals, homemaking visits and part-time counseling for frail seniors living in Seymour, Oxford, Ansonia, and Derby.

Valley Alliance, $5,000 to fund salaries and fees associated with musicians of Orchestra New England.

Valley Chapter of The American Red Cross, $11,875 to provide prompt and immediate relief to families who fall under the "extraordinary circumstances" category.

Valley Mental Health Center Inc., $25,500 to make renovations to the Mental Health Centerís Valley Social Club.

Valley Regional Planning Agency, $15,000 to provide educational outreach, technical capacity and administrative resources to establish a model non-point pollution program in the Lower Naugatuck River Valley.

Valley Regional Planning Agency, $20,000 to provide planning and mapping services for the Valley area.

Valley United Way, $18,850 to continue to expand the role of the Volunteer Action Center.

Valley United Way, fiduciary for Valley Council of Health and Human Services, $6,850 to promote diversity through the LEAD program.

Valley United Way, $10,000 to conduct major strategic planning process to enhance the quality of life in the Valley Community.

Valley United Way, fiduciary for Valley Council of Health and Human Services, $20,000 to support the Healthy Valley 2000 project.

Yale University, $15,000 to provide partial funding for the second year of the pilot rowing initiative for the Valley.

Young Audiences of CT, $10,000 to continue performances, classroom and teacherís workshops in Ansonia, Seymour and Oxford, and expand programming to Beacon Falls.

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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