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 Haven, a 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.
Grantees for 2017: CitySeed, Elm City Internationals, Long Wharf Theatre, Music Haven, and the New Haven Land Trust.
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.