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Recently in the New Haven Register:

$60K in grants awarded to immigrant and refugee programming

 Published 3:32 pm EDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018


We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2018: CitySeedIRIS, and Music Haven.  Scroll down to learn more about them and previous recipients of IANH grants.

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May 1, 2017

We were impressed with this year’s strong pool of grant applications. They spanned a wide spectrum of areas that we consider crucial in fostering cultural understanding and supporting the international community of New Haven:  Music, education, and - last but not least – food.  We are particularly delighted this year to focus on immigrant integration and to support funding that leads to cultural exchange and economic empowerment.

We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2018: CitySeed, IRIS, and Music Haven.

A grant of $20,000 was awarded to Music Havena group which provides free music education and mentoring to students in New Haven. They will expand their work with Music Bridge (refugee) students and will bring all Music Haven families and the public together in a Spring 2019 global festival of music, art, and food.

IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) received a grant of $20,000 to exand the Refugee Ambassador component of its PEAR (Public Education about Refugees) program.  Refugees will receive training and develop skills that will enable them to bring their personal experiences to interested groups throughout Connecticut. 

With a $20,000 grant, CitySeed will continue and expand its Sanctuary Kitchen program for refugee and immigrant cooks.  It will also expand its Food Business Incubation Training program and launch a catering program for aspiring refugee and immigrant food entrepreneurs.



August 13, 2015

Award Recipients for 2017: 

     Music Haven received a grant of $20,000 to expand their program of providing young people in New Haven with tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities.  This particular project will bring violin lessons and instruments to refugee children and their families alongside other Music Haven families.  Gatherings for concerts will provide opportunities for cross-cultural community building through music. 

      A grant of $20,000 was awarded to CitySeed to support refugees and immigrants in income-generating culinary pursuits that celebrate and share their food heritage, traditions and stories with the New Haven community.  The project will include suppers at CitySeed open to the public and a CitySeed Farmer’s Market Incubator, where participants can develop products to be sold in the community.

       The Connecticut Players Foundation (Long Wharf Theatre) received a grant of $20,000 for a Newcomer Play Project.  The project will provide immigrants and refugees with a chance to attend the theatre’s six productions as well as pre- and post-show workshops with a teaching artist.  At the end of the season, participants’ narratives about the plays and their own experiences will be woven into a text, culminating in a public performance of their writings at Long Wharf.

       Two organizations were given smaller grants to support their work:  Elm City Internationals uses soccer to engage young immigrants and refugees in academics and to prepare them for success in college.  The grant will help the students share their stories with the Greater New Haven Community.


       The New Haven Land Trust supports fifty diverse community gardens.  The grant will help as they develop cross-cultural programs and conduct outreach to the community at large.


Award Recipients for 2016:

Collective Consciousness Theatre was awarded $20,000 to support an original theatre production "Stories of a New America."  The play will include real stories of refugee families from Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, The Congo and other countries of conflict around the world.  The play and an interactive workshop will tour schools and communities across Connecticut to educate people about immigration and refugee resettlement. 

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas was awarded $20,000 to research and develop the first comprehensive “International Daily Music Listening Program” and to pilot the program in two K-6 New Haven public schools in May of 2017.  The Festival creation will have an international focus and will reflect New Haven's diverse community and our global society.   The long-range goal is to create a three-year program that would explore various countries and artists, be aligned with Connecticut’s arts curriculum and standards, and provide a valuable resource to our schools. 

IRIS (Integrated and Refugee and Immigrant Services) was awarded $20,000 to continue and enhance its PEAR (Public Education about Refugees) program.  Through PEAR, IRIS has been able to involve refugees in presentations and discussions in schools throughout greater New Haven.  This grant will allow IRIS to increase the number of refugee speakers and to expand and formalize programs for high school and university audiences.  PEAR's goal is to increase students' understanding of what refugees face as they flee persecution, linger in refugee camps, and resettle in the US. 

Award Recipients for 2015: 

The Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven was awarded a $20,000 grant to continue their educational field trip series for young children from under-resourced neighborhoods. Their Houses and Homes Around the World program will include a multicultural children's book, a journey in pictures to the homes of children around the world, and a hands-on activity building a house from another land.

A grant of $20,000 was awarded to P.L.A.C.E., Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration, Inc. in Hamden. P.L.A.C.E. will use their mobile art and film studio to develop and implement a film-making program that promotes young people's exploration and deeper understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in their community. The program will be piloted at the International Academy at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

We are pleased to present a video co-production between P.L.A.C.E. Children's Museum in Hamden, the International Academy at Wilbur Cross high school, and IRIS, funded with grant money from the IANH.

Please click here to view REFUGEE.

Three agencies in West Haven - the Public Libary, the Community House, and the Child Development Center - will share a grant of $20,000 and will work together to establish a partnership to foster community awareness of the needs of immigrant children and families and to assist the families to acclimate in the community.  The West Haven Public Libary will host an international film festival and purchase adult and childre's books in many languages.  The West Haven Community House will focus on the cuisine,the clothing, and the music and dance that are amont the traditions of the various groups in their expanding community.  And the West Haven Child Development Center will bring groups in the community together for a large event involving flying individually decorated carousel horse kites. 

IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven) will continue using funds from the $20,000 grant they received in 2014 to further implement their Public Education About Refugees (PEAR) project. To date, they invited refugee speakers to address mainly fourth grade students, in addition to some middle, high school and university students. IRIS’ goal is to create a high school curriculum for education about refugees in co-operation with high school partners for the 2015-16 school year.” 





May 30, 2014

New Haven, May 2014 -- The International Association of New Haven is pleased to announce the 2014 awards for programs that enhance and promote cultural understanding in our diverse community. The amount of $60,000 was evenly divided between three outstanding organizations in the New Haven area:

IRIS, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, was awarded $20,000 for funding of a new project, "Public Education about Refugees" (PEAR) that will target schools and universities in the area. "A great day for international education in New Haven!" exclaimed IRIS' director Chris George, upon hearing about the award. The funds will be used to develop both educational resource materials about refugees for use in the schools and a strategic outreach plan to key community groups. The International Association of New Haven has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with IRIS; providing support of this new project with a substantial award will contribute to enhancing cultural understanding in the New Haven community.

The Connecticut Children's Museum on Wall Street in New Haven will receive $20,000 to establish an educational field trip series that will feature unique, internationally-themed cultural experiences for young children from under-resourced communities. The Museum's mission is to provide children and their communities with innovative educational programs. The International Association of New Haven is pleased to support its efforts. "Thank you one and all! We are very excited to open a new and innovative chapter here with 'Around the World at the Connecticut Children's Museum'", says Director Sandra Malmquist.

And last but not least, $20,000 will be awarded to P.L.A.C.E., Partnerships in Learning & Creative Exploration, Inc., in Hamden for their “P.L.A.C.E. on the Go!” project.  This is an exciting and innovative mobile art program that is slated to reach hundreds of children in the form of a retro-fitted school bus that will provide multicultural arts programs and will include art work stations and a small gallery area. The award from the International Association of New Haven confirms its mission to bring not only the arts but multicultural education to children in our communities. "We appreciate the support from IANH", said P.L.A.C.E.'s Executive Director, Debbie Chavoya.

For more information about the International Association of New Haven's grant giving programs, please visit

September 26, 2012

New Haven Free Public Library was awarded a large grant for three key areas: the English as a Second Language program, staff development and education, and the Summer Reading Club. And Music Haven received a grant to bring music programs to New Haven Public Schools.

September 26, 2011

Arte Inc. continues to be supported by a grant to fund part of its Discovering Latino Artists/ Celebrating Cultures project. The objective is to introduce Latinos and non-Latinos to Latino art and to encourage cultural understanding and appreciation.

The annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas New Haven received support to offer opportunities for Haitian performer Emeline Michel to share her ideas with the New Haven community in a residency setting. The grant will ensure that the residency activities will be free of charge to all attendees.

Eli Whitney Museum was granted the award to be able to offer scholarships to its workshops for children from immigrant (and non-immigrant) families who might otherwise not have the opportunity to enroll in a summer program.

King Robinson Magnet School received funding for a project leading up to its annual International Night in the late spring. Led by Aly Tatchol, a drummer from Guinea, the students at King Robinson will perform a dance routine to the sounds of West African drumming, clad in authentic West African regalia.

The IANH is supporting May Day on the Green, a celebration of multi-cultural performances, speeches and other activities. May Day collaborates with all area community, social justice, cultural, labor, environmental, and peace organizations.

New Haven – Leon Sister City Project was awarded a grant to support the Capacity Building through Community Theatre program which will comprise theater trainings, participatory performances and outreach events.

New Haven Free Public Library received a grant to host a World Films series, enabling patrons an opportunity to view high-quality international films.

A grant to the New Haven Free Public Library’s Children Librarian will support the “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading Challenge, a program that will provide an opportunity for New Haven youth to learn about the many heritages represented in the area.

Support for scholarships for students in the New Haven Public School District to attend the year-long Yale University High School Cooperative Language Program will be provided with a grant from the IANH. Students in this program study foreign languages not usually taught in public schools, such as Arabic, German, or Kiswahili. The end of the course will be marked by a joint celebration of the different languages and cultures.

PLACE – Multicultural Children’s Museum received a grant for a video workshop, Reel Life, about Teenagers’ perspectives on diversity.

Pathways for Mutual Respect received funding for their 2011 summer institute focusing on Islam and intercultural collaboration: leadership amidst controversy to be held in New Haven in June. Pathways will welcome a group of leaders from around the globe and interns from the New Haven area.

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