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.