Our 2018 grants have been awarded! Scroll down to review the impressive array of projects and efforts that CVEF is supporting for 2018-2019. Now in our tenth year of "granting adventures," we have funded 85 grants, totaling $115,000.
Our grants application and award cycle runs every year from March – when we start accepting grant applications, which are due no later than May 1 – to our Grants Reception in June. The reception is the formal awarding and recognition for that year's grantees.
It is worth noting that a number of CVEF grants have become programs, projects and efforts embedded in the community. These include the community choir (read an article about them here), Kalmia Gardens concert series, recycling program at the Durham Fair, and the community Go-Far-Go-Fast running events.
SPRING 2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS
DURHAM MIDDLEFIELD YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES (DMYFS) ADVENTURES IN CARDBOARD ... SHARING THE SEA A program to encourage creativity by having youth build sea-themed cardboard projects, while learning about the sea and the preservation of our waterways.
LEVI E. COE LIBRARY PRESERVING MEMORIES A program to teach local patrons how to preserve their precious memories, including the use of a portable scanner with instructions on how to accomplish this.
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #13. DURHAM-MIDDLEFIELD WELLNESS COALITION (DMYFS) AND THE INDEPENDENT DAY SCHOOL (IDS) PARENT EDUCATION SERIES. Four parent education presentations focused on the topics of anxiety/depression/mental health, digital safety, drugs and alcohol, and wellness.
LEVI E. COE LIBRARY CELEBRATING LEVI E. COE LIBRARY'S 125TH ANNIVERSARY Special programming related to the 19th century, including "Dressing from Corset to Gloves" and "The World of Rare Books."
NEW HORIZONS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES TRAIN THE TRAINER: BE AN ADVOCATE A series of informational and training sessions to increase awareness and recognition of domestic violence in our communities.
DURHAM LIBRARY ARTS WORKSHOP SERIES Bringing professional art educators to the Durham Public Library for a series of art workshops including photography, drawing, and art appreciation.
AMY SCHAEFER AND TINA HURLBURT TAKE A HIKE. A hiking program for women 16+ years old to teach and empower women to feel comfortable, safe, and independent hiking in CT.
Complete Streets Durham CT, Walk Our Town. Creating a “Walk Our Town” program to encourage pedestrians to explore Main Street, Durham by creating a walking map with directions and a description to different destinations.
COMPLETE STREETS DURHAM CT WALK OUR TOWN. Creating a "Walk Our Town" program to encourage pedestrians to explore Main Street, Durham by creating a walking map with directions and a description to different destinations.
MIDDLEFIELD SENIOR CENTER MUSIC IN MIDDLEFIELD A series of musical performances for seniors in Middlefield to provide fun and to stimulate conversation that could lead to the recollection and sharing of memories.
SPRING 2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS
JUNIOR PRODUCTION TEAM PAPERHOUSE PRODUCTIONS New portable sound system will allow youth theater company (grades 5-12) to expand performances to the greater Durham/Middlefield community.
WRITERS WORKSHOP SERIES DURHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY & PALS Following up on successful writers’ lectures, offer series of three participatory workshops on novel writing, memoir writing & children’s literature.
3D WESTERN MULTIMEDIA PROJECT ELLEN SMITH AHEARN Second half of a project begun in Wyoming that will result in multimedia installation combining dance, film & storytelling. Result will depict landscape of the two and our connection to it.
SUGARLOAF KNOWLEDGE NETWORK MIDDLEFIELD HOUSING AUTHORITY Monthly educational & recreational workshops open to Sugarloaf residents and other Middlefield seniors. Build mutual support & sense of community among seniors.
SAVE THE BATS! MEMORIAL SCHOOL Fifth graders will research bats and importance to ecosystem, build bat houses & then sell them as fundraiser to sustain project going forward.
BUILDING OUR WAY TO CREATING & LEARNING DISTRICT 13 Keva Plank sets will be utilized as a tool for k-4 students to increase engagement as well as integrate STEM concepts in all subject areas.
YOUR WILD NEIGHBORHOOD DART Run seminar & provide other materials, including social media outlets, to educate residents on safe ways to help wildlife in our communities.
MAKERSPACE CONCEPTS STRONG SCHOOL Circuitry, Keva Planks and Robotics will be the foundation of a Makerspace to be housed in the Strong School LMC. Materials will be available for after school sessions and eventually open to community participation.
BIKE/PEDESTRIAN PUBLIC SAFETY EDUCATION DURHAM COMPLETE STREETS ACTION GROUP Create public awareness campaign to promote bike & pedestrian safety in Durham; how to be safe on local roads.
COMMUNITY CHOIR, PART DEUX LISA LARSEN Purchase equipment & materials to complete essential materials for 80+-member choir as it enters second phase, following a very successful first concert.
BORROW A NATURE PACK LEVI COE LIBRARY Encourage more outside exploration by providing backpacks for children & adults to take with them on hikes. Will include binoculars, compass, bug magnifier, journal, field guides.
EVERYONE OUTSIDE IN DURHAM & MIDDLEFIELD LUCY MEIGS Continue to promote health & environmental stewardship by recruiting & educating mentors to help organization connect more children & people with natural world.
CONNECTIONS THROUGH PUZZLES BRONWYN COMMINS Using jigsaw puzzles in schools and other community-based environments to build confidence, relieve anxiety and promote interpersonal skills & connections – all without the use of technology.