Westbrook Foundation Awards More than $90,000 in Grants to Benefit Town Residents

In keeping with its mission to support initiatives that positively impact the lives of town residents, the Westbrook Foundation awarded more than $90,000 in grants to local organizations during its fall 2018 grants cycle. The outlay of funds comprises seven awards ranging in value from $2,250 to $50,000. Each grantee has demonstrated that it will use the grant funds to fulfill a specific project or initiative that will benefit members of the community.

The Foundation has awarded these funds as part of its biannual grantmaking process; it accepts applications twice a year, in April and October, from nonprofit, non-political organizations whose work affects Westbrook residents’ lives. The Foundation intends the grants to assist awardees in establishing and scaling programs beyond what the organizations’ budgets would normally allow.

The following grants have been awarded:


  • $50,000 to the Valley Shore YMCA to support its $5.5 million capital renovation project.


  • $15,565 to the Westbrook Garden Club to cover the costs, in full, of its 60th anniversary project, titled Meadow Making. The project will see the creation of a meadow in a 7,200-square-foot area at the entrance to Salt Island Overlook Open Space on Boston Post Road between the Post Office and Oxford Academy.


  • $12,000 to the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library for the purchase of 20 laptops, a locked charging station, and Adobe Creative Cloud for one of the new laptops. These laptops will be available for students who wish to learn how to code, participate in STEM-related programs, and edit videos and photos at the Westbrook Public Library.


  • $5,000 to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, to be directed to its financial aid program, to enable Westbrook residents to participate in programming at this Old Lyme-based organization. High Hopes offers horseback riding and equine-related activities as a therapeutic aid to those with cognitive, physical, and/or emotional disabilities.


  • $3,000 to the Incarnation Center, Inc., to be directed to its Bushy Hill Day Camp Scholarship Fund, to enable Westbrook residents to attend the Deep River-based organization’s summer day camp programs. Last summer, more than 70 Westbrook children attended day camp at Bushy Hill.


  • $3,000 to Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT, Inc., to fund one-on-one tutoring for Westbrook residents.


  • $2,250 to Pay4ward, Inc., to create a documentary that captures the organization’s mission to reintegrate combat veterans with PTSD into society through sailing. Pay4ward will use the funds to hire Westbrook resident and U.S. Army veteran Jason Otrin of Greater Things Technology to create the documentary footage using drone and technology. The documentary will be posted across Pay4ward’s social media platforms and on its website.


The next deadline for Westbrook Foundation grants is April 1. Guidelines and applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.westbrookfoundation.org.


About the Westbrook Foundation

The purpose of the Westbrook Foundation, Inc., is to receive and administer funds and other property to help meet the medical and educational, social, welfare, cultural, recreational, and civic needs of the citizens of the town of Westbrook, Connecticut.

In furthering these aims, the foundation is intended to work directly, as well as indirectly, by aiding and assisting institutions, which are organized and operated to fulfill such needs.

Simply stated, the objective of the Westbrook Foundation, Inc., is to distribute available funds in a manner calculated to bring the greatest possible benefit to the residents of Westbrook.

The Foundation sees its main roles as being that of:

  1. the provision of “seed money” for new services; and
  2. the allocation of funds to fill needs which are not met by any other organizations or source.

In general, the Foundation will grant funds for special purposes that do not commit the Foundation to recurring expenses. Funds may be given for buildings, equipment, and land, in addition to programs.