By Lee Howard
Publication: The Day
A poet laureate program in Mystic and a fifth-grade opera project in Stonington are among the local nonprofits to receive Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut grants that total nearly $1.5 million for the first quarter of the year.
More than 200 grants went to local groups. The rest was designated for Windham County causes.
"As always, we saw the best ideas the region's nonprofits have to offer," foundation President Alice Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
Among the initiatives were ways to approach homelessness, poverty and health care concerns.
Several donors added substantially to the funding this year. In fact, when grant applications were shared with donor advisors, nearly $200,000 was added to overall regional funding, the foundation said.
Nearly half of the funding provided by the foundation in the first quarter was for competitive grants.
The largest grant went to the Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, $24,600 to help in post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Other large amounts went to FRESH New London and to the Homeless Hospitality Center and the Opportunities Industrialization Center in New London.