Torrington agencies and businesses will benefit from federal grants


TORRINGTON — Several service organizations and local businesses could see an influx of funding after the City Council this week approved a second round of American Rescue Plan Act grants.

The city received $10.07 million from the federal government in 2021 under the program and formed an ARPA committee to review spending of funds for Community Impact Grants and Facade and Improvement Grants. The committee presented their latest recommended recipients to the board.

“I was glad we had a quorum for a special meeting,” said Ann Ruwet, ARPA committee member and city councilor. “Because it was the day before election day, we usually didn’t meet, but we wanted to have a special meeting. Now we can send a notification to the (organizations receiving the grants). Everything was approved Monday evening by the board.”

For facade and building improvement funds, the committee approved applications from Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Glen Royals and Sherrie Pergola LLC.

The Nutmeg will receive $5,422 for exterior paint; Royals, whose business is located at 187 S. Main St., will receive $25,000 for brick and facade repairs; and Pergola LLC at 247 N. Elm St., will receive $25,000 for storefront renovations, lighting, roof and wall repairs, including a new decorative pole and architectural details.

Community Impact Grant recipients for this round include:

The Connecticut Academy for the arts, $45,000 for video production equipment, to expand its community program at its Prospect Street home. Creative Kids Daycare will receive $19,650 for facility upgrades. Energy Partners LLC, also known as Energy Fitness, will receive $17,100 to purchase fitness equipment. Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is receiving $30,000 to renovate its courtyard to become a sensory garden and event venue, in its new home on the former Torrington UConn campus on University Drive.

Friendly Hands Food Bank will receive $35,700 for a walk-in freezer, and KidsPlay Chuildren’s Museum will receive $74,270 for a security system upgrade. The McCall Center for Behavioral Health will receive $20,000 for parent support services, and the Northwest CT Arts Council will receive $15,000 to be used for arts and culture initiative grants.

Prime Time House receives $32,000 for new programming; Susan B. Anthony, $25,000 for her Rebuilding Lives program; Torrington Volunteer Fire Department, $65,000 for firefighting equipment; and American Legion Post 36 will receive $20,000 for its youth baseball program. The Torrington Child Care Center will receive $48,000 for a shared social worker position, and the Torrington Development Corporation will receive $171,000 for an executive director. The Torrington Youth Service Bureau will receive $45,500 to expand the hours and offerings of its teen center.

The ARPA committee received several million grant applications and spent months reviewing them before presenting its final choices to the city council. Several applications have been filed or rejected. Some of these applicants were encouraged to find other sources of grants for their proposed programs.


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