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The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has announced over $314,000 in 2023 grant awards from its four Women & Girls Funds. The goal of the grants is to invest in women and girls across the 42-town region by supporting programs that focus on economic security, education and workforce development, health and wellbeing, leadership and advocacy.

Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund has awarded $25,464 to nine nonprofits; Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund, $23,000 to three nonprofits; Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund, $204,247 to 27 nonprofits, and Windham Area Women & Girls Fund, $61,808 to 14 nonprofits.

Our Piece of the Pie was awarded grants to support SpeakHERS of Change to help females and female-identifying youth to develop healthy habits, make positive decisions, practice self-care, understand and manage emotions and behaviors, thrive, and lead.

Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut received funding to provide basic needs and services for senior women living alone in New London.

She Leads Justice was awarded grants to support the Women of Color First campaign to advance policies that promote economic equity.

Madonna Place received funding for Great Beginnings home visiting, which provides in-home parenting and child developmental education, parenting education and support for expectant and new mothers and families.

TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) and United Services each received grants for a collaborative project to train staff at each agency and do public awareness around child sex trafficking.

In 1999, the Community Foundation established its first Women & Girls Fund. Three other Women & Girls Funds have been established since, in Windham, Norwich and the Northeast Corner.

To learn more, contact Director of Development Lauren C. Parda at or call 860-442-3572.

For a complete list of grantees, visit