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Westport Nonprofits Receive $25,000 In Grants

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Weston Family Y and Homes With Hope are among five Westport-based nonprofits that recently received a total of $25,000 in grants from First County Bank Foundation, the foundation announced in a news release.

Homes With Hope, which provides supportive housing and programming for the homeless, received $10,000 for its Bacharach Community, an emergency shelter for homeless single mothers and their children.

The Family Y received a $5,000 grant to fund scholarships for underprivileged families in its Early Learning Program.

Positive Directions , a nonprofit that focuses on preventing and treating substance abuse and other dependencies through counseling and educational programs, was also awarded a $5,000 grant.

A $2,500 grant was awarded to Project Return , which operates a group home and other programs for teenage girls and young women in crisis. The money will go toward the HEAL program, an after-school community service program for at-risk teen girls.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County also received a $2,500 grant, which will be used to support Westport-based programming.

Last year, the First County Bank Foundation awarded more than $591,000 in grants to 110 nonprofits in lower Fairfield County, according to the news release. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded 644 individual grants worth more than $4.6 million.

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