Torrington's Survive & Thrive Economic and Community Recovery
Community impact Grants & Partnership Projects
On April 18, 2022 City Council voted authorized the Community Impact Grants and Partnership Project Program and approved the purpose along with eligible applicants and activities that can be funded under this program.
Application details are still being developed, but the following information has been approved, and release to the public, in order for potential applicants to begin developing their applications. Grant is anticipated to open in April/May 2022.
Interested parties can sign up to be notified of funding opportunities by Torrington Alerts, details can be found at https://www.torringtonct.org/Alerts
Torrington’s community has been negatively impacted in many different ways by COVID-19. This program is intended to make transformative investment, over a wide-range of uses, that address the negative impacts caused or exacerbated by the Pandemic, while also strengthening the fabric of the community.
Both Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations are eligible to apply for these funds. All funds must be allocated to providing resources or services to Torrington residents or Torrington businesses.
Successful applications will address one or more of the following:
Re-engages Torrington’s Youth through youth sports and activities. Applications should focus on youth’s overall well-being, such as mental health, depression, addiction etc… and have an outreach plan to connect with youth that may otherwise not have access to these programs or activities are encouraged.
Increases Child Care capacity within the City of Torrington. This may include training/services that help fill job vacancies/ or increase offering or physical improvements increases number or children that can be cared for. Other creative or collaborative initiatives will also be considered.
Provides Mental Health Support throughout the community. Applications may target a specific population, such as seniors, care givers, youth etc.. and may address, but not limited to, depression, anxiety/stress, suicide, loneliness and obesity
Support the Travel and Tourism Industries by attracting visitors to the City of Torrington through programing, community events and/or marketing efforts.
Supports Torrington’s Creative Economies by providing opportunities for local artists (of all kinds) or creates partnerships/collaborations between arts and cultural organizations within the community.
Workforce Development or Job Training programs or collaborations that provide re-skilling, job growth and/or business expansion and retention
Addresses drug and alcohol addiction or domestic violence within the community
Increased capacity to address human needs such as food insecurity, housing insecurity & homelessness
Applications that are under $10,000 should apply by submitting an application form, that will be released once grant round is open. Applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and a funding recommendation will be made to City Council based on information provided in the application submittals.
Applications that exceed $10,000 Applicants should apply by submitting an application form, that will be released once grant round is open. It is expected these projects will be more complex; therefore, in addition to the application, the Advisory Committee will schedule an interview with eligible applicants to discuss what additional information is required (if any) and if approved, how proposal will be managed. Applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and a funding recommendation will be made to City Council based on information provided in the application submittals and interviews.
While there is no cap on funding requested for this projects and no match is required; it is anticipated that the community benefit and/or resources matched by the applicant should be representative of the funding requested (i.e. more funding requested the bigger the impact on the community or the more resources leveraged).
Recipients of this program are intended to be “sub-recipients” of the City’s American Rescue Plan funds; therefore, successful applications must provide a direct community benefit. Small business and Non-profit grants, that provide direct benefit to the applicant, is anticipated to be open in spring/summer 2022.
Available funding this round: $875,000
Additional funding to be available next round, expected fall/winter 2022: approx. $875,000