The Grants and Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut has recently announced its Local Grants and Allocations Awards for 2023.
Each year, The Jewish Federation of Western CT makes grant awards to local non-profits that fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life in Western Connecticut and North Western Connecticut.
Local grants are available both to charitable institutions that primarily serve the Jewish community and to those that do not. Jewish values require that we provide help to all of our neighbors, and not just Jewish community members. Accordingly, the Federation considers supporting nonprofit organizations that do not primarily focus on Jewish needs especially when these organizations are addressing extraordinary community concerns, social justice, and other issues that are especially important to the Jewish community.
We have supported a) local non-profit organizations that serve at-risk youth and improve youth literacy, b) food banks and food rescue organizations that feed the hungry, c) programs that serve those affected by domestic violence, and d) programs that provide camping and educational opportunities to underserved youth. In addition, during the COVID pandemic we have partnered with local agencies that provide support to front line and essential workers who have suffered financially during the pandemic. Local grants are made available through the generosity of several funds of the Federation’s Endowment including the William Finkelstein, M.D. Fund for Needy Jews and the Traurig Family Fund.