The First County Bank Foundation recently distributed $80,484 in grants to 15 nonprofits in Darien and New Canaan.
"Experience tells us that causes like these have the power to expand understanding and deepen community involvement," said Rey Giallongo, foundation president and chairman and CEO of First County Bank. "Our goal at the foundation is to help these organizations and others like them build the next generation's ability to live and work productively in our communities. We look forward to seeing the results of these agencies' work benefit young and old alike."
Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than 760 individual grants, worth $5.8 million.
The Darien recipients are:
A Better Chance, $2,500;
Community Fund of Darien, $2,500;
Tiny Miracles Foundation, $5,000;
Town of Darien Firefighters Foundation, $10,000;
YWCA Darien/Norwalk, $3,000.
The New Canaan recipients are:
Arts for Healing, $2,500;
Horizons Student Enrichment Program, $7,500;
New Canaan Community Foundation, $2,500;
New Canaan Group Home, $9,939;
New Canaan Mounted Troop, $1,000;
New Canaan YMCA, $1,545;
Silvermine Art Center, $2,500;
Waveny Care Network, $20,000