Now in our eleventh 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.


DURHAM SENIOR CITIZENS BOARD   HEALTH SEMINARS    A series of health seminars for seniors that would assist adults in their understanding of the facets of aging.

MARIA RICHARDSON   CHUNKY HAND KNITTING BLANKET CLASS    A program to teach age 55 plus how to hand-knit with chunky yarn. Participants will finish their own afghan. 

LEVI E. COE LIBRARY   OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN    Local families will be able to check out popular outdoor lawn games to encourage time spent outdoors.

LEVI E. COE LIBRARY   DISCOVERING FAMILIAL ROOTS USING ANCESTRY.COM    Through the purchase of the Library Edition of and a genealogist-led workshop, library patrons can learn about their lineage.

ACCIDENTAL HARMONY COMMUNITY CHORUS    Our local community choir will be able to update current equipment to improve audibility at their concerts.

BIRDING FOR PLEASURE   Through presentations on conserving natural habitats and the purchase of binoculars, this program will encourage bird watching and help with a local bird count effort.

HEATHER PARENTE  HAND IN HAND: A COMMUNICATION CLASS   An 8-week series that will teach the basics of American Sign Language. Open to all ages.

COGINCHAUG AREA TRANSITION   GIVING GARDEN    Through the addition of a garden organizer/educator, The Giving Garden of Durham/Middlefield will present at least 5 events to share information on gardening.

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #13   KINDERGARTEN FLEXIBLE SEATING    Flexible seating will create brain-friendly student-centered environments while reducing sedentary time.

CLAUDIA AND GAGE ROVELLI   MATH TUTORING FOR 7TH GRADE STUDENTS    An 8-week math tutoring program for rising 7th graders which will be led by volunteer CRHS students.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE WITH ODYSSEY OF THE MIND  Supporting local Odyssey of the Mind creative problem solving teams for the 2019-2020 year.

JENNY LUSSIER (DISTRICT 13 EDUCATOR)   WE CAN DO THE CUBE    A creative problem solving STEAM program using the Rubik’s Cube for grades K-4.


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.


View a summary of all CVEF grants here.