Twenty-six non-profit organizations in Litchfield County have been chosen to receive a total of $100,000 in grants by KentPresents whose inaugural ideas festival was held in August.
KentPresents, a charitable organization formed by Ben and Donna Rosen, supports non-profit groups that provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities for low and moderate income individuals and families in Kent, and the surrounding communities. Special emphasis is placed on basic needs and emergency services as well as programs designed to foster education and the arts.
Organizations receiving funds include: Berkshire Taconic Community Fund (Blue Horizons Health Fund, Jane Lloyd Fund, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund), Children's Center of New Milford, Civic Life Project, Chore Service, Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut, Corner Food Pantry, Greenwoods Counseling Service, Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Kent Affordable Housing, Kent Center School Scholarship Fund, Kent Community Fund, Kent Education Center and Nursery School, Kent Historical Society, Kent Library Association, Kent Village Housing for the Elderly (Templeton Farm), Kent Volunteer Fire Department (Emergency and Ambulance Services), Literacy Volunteers on the Green, New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County (The Gathering Place), Prime Time House, Sharon Playhouse, Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, Scoville Memorial Library Association, United Way of Western Connecticut (Back to School Clothes for Kids), Sharon Playhouse; and Women's Support Services. Applications for grants were reviewed by a group of 12 people from Kent and surrounding communities.
Over 300 guests from all across the United States attended the inaugural KentPresents at the Kent School August 13-15. Presenters included 70 leaders in a variety of fields including three Noble Prize laureates, six Tony, Peabody and Emmy winners; four Pulitzer Prize winners.
"We are very pleased that in our first year KentPresents has been able to make meaningful grants to so many organizations," said Donna and Ben Rosen. "The individual grants range in size from 1% of an organization's annual fund-raising to 46%. As we grow in the years to come we hope to continue to support needs-based groups that help people in our communities to thrive."
The Rosens will shortly announce dates and details for KentPresents 2016.
For further information visit the Kent Presents website at www.kentpresents.org.