Danbury, CT – United Way of Western Connecticut and Mayor Dean Esposito of the City of Danbury announced a grant cycle in July of 2022 for social service agencies to receive funding through the Danbury Social Service Grant program. This year, $204,000 will be distributed among 18 local nonprofits. Agencies whose work is focused on the following categories were eligible and invited to apply: 1) Education and child care; 2) Health and mental health; and 3) Financial stability and housing.

Since 2009, UWWC has administered the funding review process on behalf of the City of Danbury. Danbury residents are recruited and trained as volunteers to serve on a grant review committee. In this capacity, the committee reviews grant applications, listens to agency presentations, and makes funding recommendations to the City. Volunteer reviewers must be Danbury residents and attest to having no conflicts of interest with the agencies being reviewed.

“I want to thank United Way of Western Connecticut for partnering with the City of Danbury once again to provide funding to the social service agencies in our city,” said Mayor Dean Esposito. “This partnership allows key programs to continue helping our residents and supports these organizations as they continue to administer services within our community.”

“The Danbury Social Service Grant Program is an opportunity to collaborate with the City of Danbury in administering key funds to support our community’s nonprofits.” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The funds provided by the City each year are critical to improving health, enhancing education and child care, and increasing the financial stability of families throughout Danbury. The agencies receiving this funding are providing necessary support in each of those areas.”

The following agencies were selected and will receive funding:

Danbury Grassroots Academy

Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County

REACH Western CT

The Salvation Army

Ability Beyond Disability

American National Red Cross

Amos House

Association of Religious Communities

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

Community Action Agency of Western CT

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA)

Family & Children’s Aid

Renewal House

Ann’s Place

Hillside Food Outreach

Interfaith AIDS Ministry

RVNA Health


Funds are distributed through a one-year allocation process, with the grant covering the fiscal year of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. More information about next year’s grant cycle and other grant opportunities can be found at uwwesternct.org.

Article Originally Published on Hamlet Hub.