Staying Put in New Canaan recently received a $48,560 grant from the Barbara Benton Davis Fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation for general operating support. The grant is a renewal of last year's grant for the same amount.

In addition, the Community Foundation has offered a $10,000 challenge grant if matched with individual gifts of $1,000 or more to support the growing number of special memberships for those with significant financial limitations.

This is the largest foundation grant awarded to Staying Put to date and will help provide for sufficient staff to support its growing membership needs.

"We are pleased to support Staying Put in New Canaan once again with this leadership grant, and are very impressed with the organizations growth and development since its inception three years ago," Karen R. Brown, vice president of programs at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, said.

Staying Put was founded in 2007 to give those over age 50 both the practical means and the confidence to live their lives to the fullest and stay in New Canaan as they grow older. Under the leadership of a professional director, Staying Put provides a personal link to services and programs that make life safer, easier and more enjoyable.

Membership has grown to 285 individuals representing 215 households.

"We are most grateful for the continuing generosity of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and this Fund for their continued support of our mission," Jane Nyce, executive director, said. "With this grant, we and all our volunteers can maintain a quality service level that is so important to provide personalized assistance for our members, even as our membership continues to grow."

For information, or to make a donation, contact Nyce at 203-966-7762, e-mail director@stayingputnc.org, or visit www.stayingputnc.org.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds focused on specific areas of need or communities in Fairfield County. The foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations' national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.