Community Grant Program

KentPresents Grants $125,000 in 2017 to 38 Litchfield County Charitable Organizations

In 2017, KentPresents awarded grants of $125,000 to 38 non-profit organizations serving Litchfield County. This contribution represents a 25% dollar increase from the $100,000 donation in 2016, when 29 local organizations received grants.

The groups receiving awards provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities, and enhance the cultural and artistic lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Kent and nearby communities. In selecting the recipients, special emphasis is placed on basic needs, emergency services and education programs.

"We are very pleased that in our third year KentPresents has been able to increase the size of our gift and to continue to make meaningful grants to so many organizations," said Donna and Ben Rosen of Kent, founders and guiding spirits of KentPresents. "In the years to come we hope to continue to support needs-based groups that help people in our communities to thrive."

Applications for grants were reviewed by a group of 14 citizens (not including the Rosens) from Kent and surrounding communities.

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2017 grant recipients include:


Catherine Bachrach
Jim Blackketter
Mardee Cavallaro
Ken Cooper, Chair
Rev. Jack Gilpin
Gige Hernandez
Cynthia Hill
Allan Priaulx
Leah Pullaro
Janet Rivkin
Patsy Stroble
Kevin Umeh
Rabbi Burt Visotzky
Rev. Roger White