The Katharine Matthies Foundation grants for 2002 have been announced.
Fleet Bank, Trustee of the Foundation, will distribute 50 grants totaling
$856,760 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, serving the towns of Seymour,
Oxford, Beacon Falls, Ansonia and Derby.
Recipients of 2002 grants are:
- Ansonia Community Action, $20,000.00 to provide summer enrichment programs
for children ages 5 to 12.
- Ansonia Public Schools, $7,600.00 to support a collaborative project,
SOAR, which involves Ansonia students.
- Artspace, $8,750.00 to expand the participation of City Wide Open Studio
by Valley Artist.
- Birmingham Group Health Services, $12,000.00 to fund the "Drums not Drugs"
- Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, $21,480.00 to renovate
Old Pine/Willis School into a Day Care Center, an Ansonia Fire Department
Museum and training center.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, $27,380.00 to hire van
drivers and defray the cost of operating vehicles and to support staff
stationed at the schools.
- Catholic Family Services of Ansonia, $30,000.00 to continue the school
violence prevention programs.
- Covenant to Care, Inc, $3,500.00 first installment of a two-year grant to
support the Adopt A Social Worker coordinator position.
- Curtisey Corporation, $12,000.00 to maintain the computer lab at Tinney
Community Center by adding a computer technician and purchasing monitors and
- Derby Band Parents, $10,000.00 to sponsor an educational trip to Italy.
Derby High School Choir and Band will perform in Rome, Sorrento and Pugnello.
- Derby Historical Society, $10,000.00 to help pay for the expense of moving
the "Derby Junction" model railroad.
- Friend of the Beacon Falls Library, $10,000.00 to replace outdated
technical equipment and to offer computer classes to young adults and seniors.
- Girls Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council, Inc, $8,200.00 to provide
camperships assistance to 30 girls and for registration assistance for 100
girls to become a Girl Scout.
- Griffin Hospital, $83,333.00 final installment of multi-year grant to fund
3 patient care components of Capital Campaign.
- Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse, $6,403.00 to provide cholesterol
screenings and health and wellness education to adults.
- Hewitt Foundation, Inc, $30,000.00 to initiate a two pilot project: A
Senior Center Needs Assessment and the Elder Abuse Community Awareness
- Housatonic Council Boys Scouts of America, $15,000.00 to update and
upgrade the computer system.
- Housatonic Valley Association, $7,000.00 to support the Stream Teams,
which will conduct shoreline, surveys about the conditions along the river
- Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc, $10,000.00 to fund the
economic education programs.
- Long Wharf Theatre, $25,000.00 to enable to bring arts program and
professional theatre to children.
- Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc, $25,000.00 to
help with the start up of a therapeutic respite program for emotionally
- Maritime Aquarium, $15,000.00 to provide marine science and environmental
education enrichment programs to students.
- Military Order of the Purple Heart, $4,000.00 to help with the cost of
honorary monument to memorialized Purple Heart Veterans.
- Mutual Housing Association of South Central, CT, Inc, $10,000.00 to
develop and operate permanently affordable housing in the Valley.
- Naugatuck Valley Health District, $14,000.00 to help with the training,
coordination and linkage of the Community Mental Health Crisis Team in the
- New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc $7,500.00 to provide funding
for a statewide legal needs study and local focus groups.
- Oxford Ambulance Association, $30,000.00 to fund the cost of replacing one
- Oxford Economic Development Corp, $30,000.00 to help and assist in the
planning and design of a proposed business incubator.
- Prevent Blindness Connecticut, $10,000.00 to provide vision screenings to
- Sage Services of Connecticut, Inc, $8,000.00 to provide employment
opportunities to Seymour residents and other Valley communities.
- Seymour Ambulance Association, Inc, $40,000.00 to upgrade the
communication technology system.
- Seymour Fire Department, $20,000.00 to provide a emergency vehicle for the
Seymour Fire Marshal’s office.
- Seymour-Oxford Nursery and Child Care Association, Inc, $41,402.00 first
year installment of a two year multi-grant to support ongoing program and to
purchase computer equipment and software.
- Seymour Police Department Community, $12,362.00 to educate the children &
parents on Internet safety through multi-media programs.
- Shakesperience Productions, Inc, $9,500.00 to support the theatrical
productions and programs.
- Shelton Economic Development Corporation, $20,000.00 to support the
development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
- Shelton Historical Society, $8,500.00 to hire a professional library
- St. Joseph Parish Nurse Program, $32,000.00 first installment of a
multi-year grants to support ongoing program expenses.
- St. Thomas the Apostle Church, $9,000.00 to provide partial funding for
youth and adult sponsor to attend Workcamp 2002.
- Town of Beacon Falls, $2,500.00 to purchase a Cholestech LDX system,
printer paper and control materials.
- Town of Beacon Falls, $3,000.00 to purchase computers and necessary
equipment for the center.
- Town of Beacon Falls, $8,500.00 to implement the planning and building of
a Skateboard Park in Beacon Falls.
- Town of Seymour, $10,000.00 to purchase and install a half pipe ramp at
the skate Park.
- Valley Emergency Medical Services, $17,000.00 to purchase and implement a
computerized system for emergency medical data collection and analysis.
- Valley Mental Health Center, Inc, $21,700.00 to upgrade behavioral health
- Valley United Way, $30,000.00 to help support the Valley Council for
Health & Human Services Coordinator position.
- Valley United Way, $15,000.00 to continue the services of the Volunteer
- Valley Women’s Health Access Program, $9,950.00 to produce a video that
will be used as an outreach and educational tool for women and their families.
- Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT, Inc, $15,000.00 to offset
the cost of its information technology project.
- Yale University Department of Athletics, $20,200.00 first installment of a
multi-year grants to support the Rowing Program.
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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