Below are the First County Bank Foundation 2021 CommunityFirst Grant recipients:

A Better Chance in Darien

A Better Chance in Darien provides academic and boarding scholarships to eight young women of color who show academic promise.

A.B.C., Inc of New Canaan

Funding the feeding and housing of teenage students.

Abilis, Inc.

Renovation of the kitchen at the 101 Orchard Street residence.

ARI of Connecticut

Ensuring that the aging population it serves is able to live in the most independent setting possible.

Bartlett Arboretum Association, Inc.

Making improvements to vegetable garden for Summer Camp, Senior Programming and Special Needs Programming.

Boys & Girls Club of Stamford

Support for Summer Camp for 250 children.

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

Camp Simmons, Clubhouse Camp, and Teen Camp for youth ages 6 to 15.

Bridge House

Providing critically important opportunities for people living with mental illness in Southern Connecticut.

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Inc.

BNT is a HUD-approved and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority certified agency. Clients receive individualized counseling tailored to their needs.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

To provide essential services and life-changing recovery programs to homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals so they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

Building One Community

Workforce Development Program, which addresses the urgent need to integrate immigrants into our workforce through Vocational English Language (VESL) instruction and job skills training in growth industries.

Cardinal Shehan Center

Offering children and families low-cost academic tutoring on a 1:1 or 1:2 tutor/child ratio.

Caroline House, Inc.

Adult ESL Learning Program, serving 100 women annually.

Carver Foundation of Norwalk

Carver Summer Enrichment Programs at the Carver Community Center and at Columbus Magnet School.

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc.

Fairfield County Family Loan Program-Pledge

Child Guidance Center of Southwestern CT

The Mobil Crisis program is the State’s designated responder in our region for pediatric mental health calls to the 2-1-1 hotline.

Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County

Early childhood education and care.

Clothes to Kids of Fairfield County, Inc.

To fill the racks for the kids eligible to receive two free weekly wardrobes a year.

Connecticut Zoological Society, Inc.

The STREAM Learning Center offers live animal shows, school field trips, online learning programs, and more.

Courage to Speak Foundation

Drug prevention education parenting programs in Fairfield County.

Darien YMCA

Serving all members of the community and accommodating all individuals with special needs.

Discovery Science Center and Planetarium

To support the continuation of the STEM Accelerators program which empowers students in Bridgeport to explore advanced STEM themes.

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

We request support for SustainAbilityCT, a program that facilitates the transition from crisis to safety by focusing on economic solutions that drive employment, education, and stable housing. As a result of participation, survivors secure employment, acquire the necessary funds to leave the abusive relationship, and maintain safe and separate housing from their abusive partner.


Work & Learn employment readiness training program.


Support for sliding fee scale for low-income clients.

Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern CT

Support for home visiting and home visitors.

Fairfield County Corporate Collaborative on Education Equity

DonorsChoose Program, which allows Bridgeport public school teachers to create virtual and in-person classroom project requests.

Fairfield County Hospice House

Resident Assistance Fund – to provide financial assistance to residents who cannot afford the full rate of care and activities provided.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

As the primary nonprofit resource center in Fairfield County, FCCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides critical education and tools to help hundreds of community nonprofits grow and thrive.

Family & Children's Agency, Inc.

Home visiting programs aiming to provide preventative, in-home services to promote overall development of at-risk children entering kindergarten.

Ferguson Library

Lending library will build and expand the array of materials currently lent to the community.

Filling in the Blanks

Weekend Meal Program addresses local childhood food insecurity by providing meals through the weekend with various menus.

Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Food Bank

Fraternal Order of the Umbrella, Inc.

Good and Welfare Program strives to find families and children in need who have been passed over by every other organization.

Future 5

College Prep connects high school junior and senior members to the complex college application process in a highly individualized way.

Getabout, Inc.

Getabout operates six wheel chair accessible vans to allow people who do not drive to lead normal lives and to have full access to the community. In 2018 Getabout provided 9,639 rides to New Canaan Seniors and residents with special needs.

Girls With Impact

Equipping girls 13-18 years old with the tools, skills, and confidence to become tomorrow’s business leaders and innovators.

Greenwich Alliance for Education

The Greenwich High School AVID program matches students in their junior or senior year with an adult mentor who helps guide them through college graduation toward career success.

HomeFront Inc.

General Support

Homes with Hope, Inc.

Support for the Bacharach Community, HwH’s emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children. The families all face economic challenges and in addition a number are dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, medical issues and/or domestic violence.

Housatonic Community College Foundation

Support for the Family Economic Security Program 2.0, which is designed to serve female students with dependents.

Housing Development Program Fund

HDF’s First Time Homebuyer Program (FTHB) program provides access to homeownership through one-on-one counseling, homeownership education classes and down payment assistance for low- and moderate- income households. The FTHB program combines expertise with the human touch of HDF’s well qualified and certified counselors.

Human Services Council, Inc.

The Norwalk Mentor Program (NMP) coordinates structured relationships between a student and an adult volunteer. The pair (mentor and mentee) meets for one hour per week during the school day and engages in activities conducive to the school setting.

Inspirica, Inc.

Inspirica requests general support for its operations including the residential (emergecny shelters, transitional housing, etc.) and support (vocational training, workforce education, job placement, etc.) programs.


To pay teaching-artist and program-manager/family advocate fees, as well as other program-related expenses.

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich

Supermarketing for Seniors (SFS) is the free, nondiscriminatory weekly grocery shopping/case monitoring program sponsored by JFS of Greenwich. Most clients are over 80 and lack funds or internet access to shop online.

Jewish Family Services of Stamford

“Grow You!” program, which will offer bi-monthly one-on-one sessions to continue financial education.

Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County

General support

JWV Community Scholarships, Inc.

Scholarship program to support high school seniors who have made a commitment to community service in Stamford.

Keystone House, Inc.

Keystone House’s “Home Sweet Home” program assists adults with a serious mental illness, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder, with the financial support needed for household essentials when moving into or maintaining their own apartment or in one of our group homes.

Kids Helping Kids

To purchase ten Chromebooks so that a class of 10 can work independently while following along with the teacher.

Kids in Crisis, Inc.

SafeHaven for Kids – the Agency’s core and most critical program- operates a 24-Hour Helpline, Outreach Department, Emergency Residential Shelter, Health Center, Educational Services and AfterCare. It assists children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, homeless, or not safe in their homes.

Laurel House, Inc.

Helping economically disadvantaged high school and college aged students living with a mental health disability enroll to complete a GED.

Liberation Programs, Inc.

To support Inpatient Services for Men, Families recovery program, outpatient programs, education & prevention and mobile wellness van program.

Malta House

Funding specifically for the Residential and Partnering Success Programs. With this funding, Malta House will improve the quality of services by providing our classes regularly and more frequently to mothers, and also expand our post-residential services by providing regular home visits and evaluations with a proven model of success measurements.

Meals on Wheels of New Canaan

Annual cost to support one client with hot and cold meal delivery service five days per week, 52 weeks a year, including holidays.

Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, Inc.

Funds will be used to preserve and enhance the delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services to children and families in our Outpatient Children’s Clinic (OPCC). As one of Connecticut’s few Enhanced Care Clinics, designated by CT Behavioral Health Partnership, we screen and assess cases based on severity – emergency cases within two hours, urgent cases within two days, and emergent cases within two weeks.

Mill River Park Collaborative

The Mill River Stewards High School Internship Program introduces Stamford high school students to careers in environmental conservation and stewardship, along with providing them with the “soft skills” necessary to successfully navigate in work environments.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Funding to support our Food Pantry, which provides 360,000 meals each year through three food programs: Supplemental Food, Emergency Food, and Summer Supplement.

New Neighborhoods, Inc.

Professional Training Program helps those people with financial difficulties to become financially self-sufficient.

Norwalk Community College Foundation

ESL Summer Bridge program

Norwalk Education Foundation

NEF would like to provide academic support over the summer to students who are mandated to attend summer school because they are not on grade level. We are specifically targeting literacy as our initiative. A certified teacher would work with all students at two sites.

Norwalk Senior Center, Inc.

Meals on Wheels program

Open Doors

To prevent homelessness by ensuring households maintain and increase income.

Operation Hope of Fairfield, Inc.

100% of funds will be used for support service salaries and supplementing costs for maintaining clean, safe housing units.

Over 60 Club, Inc.

To begin a program to supply low income seniors with user friendly tablets, including the education to be able to use them.

Pacific House

Support for the Pacific House Parkview Permanent Supported Housing Program, by purchasing furniture and household articles needed to furnish 11 new supported housing units at the Parkview housing initiative.

Park City Initiative Corp.

Funds to support the Bishop Jean Williams food pantry.

Person-to-Person, Inc.

P2P’s Scholarship Program supports students from low-income backgrounds in charting a course out of poverty and into professional careers. It targets highly-motivated students who are propelled by a strong incentive to achieve a better life.

Pilot House Special Needs Resource Foundation Inc.

Integrated summer camp experience for special needs children along with work experience for special needs young adults.

Positive Directions, The Center for Prevention and Counseling

Support for outpatient clinic.


Programming to offer early drop off, late pick-ups and full day care on days when students do not have in-person school.

Rowan Center

To support a comprehensive approach against sexual violence.

Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs

Beginning at age 14, students in the Academy begin a transition from classroom work to the adult world of work. They progress at an individual pace through a three-tiered Vocational Training Program to prepare them to be productive, independent adults to the extent of their abilities, and to gain confidence and advocate for themselves.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center

General Support

Salvation Army

Back to School Backpack Program

SilverSource, Inc.

The SilverSource “Ride to Wellness” transportation program provides seniors safe and affordable access to medical appointments, preserving health and well-being, and allowing older residents to age in place.

SoundWaters, Inc.

SoundWaters Explorers will engage more than 2,300 Stamford and Norwalk elementary public school students in 2018-2019 who will get their hands and feet wet discovering and learning about their own natural resource, Long Island Sound.

Stamford Center for the Arts

The Triple Threat Performer Intensive will be a springboard for future master classes, workshops and performing opportunities for youth to train with New York Broadway performers and teaching artists.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc.

Advanced High Level Disinfection for EMS – Protects Crews & Patients.

Stamford Jewish Community Center

Hand in Hand provides children grades Pre-K – 8 the opportunity to participate in a typical summer camp environment in a supportive setting.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Technology upgrade in order to migrate to an independent, self-managed platform.

Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc.

Our Beyond Limits Academic Program offers rotating peer-to-peer tutoring, generally occurring in our tutoring center, thus off school premises. Tutoring costs are heavily subsidized by us. For example, families who are eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunch pay just $5 per tutoring hour.

Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF)

The goal of the Stamford Mentoring Program is to close the achievement gap in Stamford Public Schools by providing mentoring services at critical transitional stages in youth development: Elementary to Middle School; Middle to High School; High School to College, Career Training or Full-Time Employment.

Stamford Senior Center, Inc.

General Support

Starfish Connection

Support for afterschool activities

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way

Assistive Technology enhances learning, working and daily living for people impacted by disability. As a component of STARS Above: The Campaign for our Future, STAR looks forward to creating and staffing the premier trailblazing technology resource center to serve Fairfield County.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Open Arms Accessibility Initiative

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Funding to support the Financial Assistance Program (FAP), which provides emergency funding for critical needs for economically distressed families with a premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This funding ensures that the preemie will be going into a safe and secure home.

The Westport Library

Support for Summer Learning Clubs and Homework Help. These programs are designed to help underserved elementary students in need of academic assistance and enrichment.

The WorkPlace

Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County (DFSMFC) helps economically disadvantaged women find and maintain employment, develop greater self-esteem, enhance work skills, and advance in careers.

Under One Roof

To stabilize operations to continue providing exceptional programming to children and families in the community.

United Way of Western Connecticut

Funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that most impact ALICE households.

Urban Impact of Black Rock, Inc.

To make XLR8 and Kid Power programs more academically rigorous through “Next Steps” career tracking program for 8th-12th graders.

Voices of September 11th

COVID-19 relief for individuals and families, especially for those with underlying mental health conditions.

Wakeman Memorial Association

“Out of school” programming to support the youth in the community.

Waveny Lifecare Network, Inc.

Support for the Financial Assistance Program which assists participants and residents who cannot pay the full cost of care.

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Inc.

Installation of new equipment in ambulances that will make the disinfection process faster and more effective.

Women's Business Development Council, Inc.

Support for financial assistance to low and moderate income clients who wish to attend our fee-based entrepreneurial development programs but for whom the fee is cost-prohibitive.

Women's Mentoring Network, Inc.

The requested grant will support our E to the 4th Power Program (Employment, Education, Economic Security, Empowerment), which helps clients grow from entry-level jobs to professional careers.

YWCA Greenwich Connecticut Inc.

Camp TAYITO – an eight week summer camp program held on the YWCA Greenwich campus.

First County Bank
Foundation, Inc.

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