2023 Grant Awards
The following organizations were selected for environmental grant awards, from a pool of 11 applicants:
Stamford Museum & Nature Center (SMNC) was awarded $1750 to improve songbird habitat on 118-acre property by updating and mapping birdhouses, planting native grasses, and creating brush piles for habitat. The work will be conducted by the Green Girls program (a 6-week summer program offering paid internships to low- or middle-income girls ages 14 to 18 in Fairfield County) with SMNC staff oversight.
Litchfield Land Trust was awarded $1759 to purchase pollinator plants (12 different species of local ecotype wildflowers and 12 native flowering shrubs to border the pollinator garden), to be planted and maintained by community volunteers. Litchfield High School Environmental Club students will hand-paint cedar shingles with species names.
Colchester Giving Garden was awarded $298 to purchase a rain barrel kit and backpack sprayer for watering organic, no-till gardens. Produce from the gardens is donated to local senior centers and soup kitchens.
Green Village Initiative, Inc. of Bridgeport, CT was awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of lumber, timberlok screws, landscape fabric, locally-sourced soil and compost to build/repair aging raised beds at an educational farm site (Reservoir Community Farm) and gloves and tools for community gardeners.
Woodcock Nature Center of Wilton, CT was awarded $1060 to purchase materials (lumber, topsoil, mulch, signs) to build a sensory garden in an existing playground area and fund educator time.