The Club is able to provide grants as part of our community initiatives using funds raised at The Taste of RidgefieldThe Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival and other fundraising events throughout the year.  Local organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant from The Rotary Club of Ridgefield.

Please use the attached file to submit a grant request Grant Application 2015 (fillable)-1

Email complete applications and attachments to

Rainer Gonet by clicking here.
Or mail to:
Rotary Club of Ridgefield, P.O. Box 41, Ridgefield, CT 06877

All applications are due by May 1, 2014

In 2013 the following organizations received grants:

Organizations receiving grants in 2013 were asked to attend a Ridgefield Rotary meeting where they had the opportunity to talk about how they would use the money.   Below are  some of the 2013 recipients:

Lynne Briody from the VNA said that the Rotary Grant money will be used to train one nurse and one home-health aide as Certified CPR trainers so they will be able to train the rest of the staff on a regular basis rather than hiring trainers .This will enable more VNA staff to be trained, a benefit to us all.

Brigitta Stone from the League of Women Voters  said that the Rotary Grant money will be used to create banners and pamphlets to supports the League’s new program for 18 to 24 year-old voters called “Ridgefield Votes.”  This program will help those going away to college or away from town for other reasons, to vote absentee.  The League is most grateful for the grant.

(l-r) Peta Wynkoop, Linda Caponetti, and Michael Wynkoop, thanked Rotarians for the grant money that will be used to continue the work on the memorial in memory of Stephen Wynkoop located at the Graham Dickinson Skate Park.  Stephen was one of the first skaters and a frequent user of the park.  Linda Caponetti reminded Rotary that we were among the first contributors to the Skate Park when it was built, and thanked Rotary for its continued support.

Wayne Lease from the Ridgefield Theater Barn said that their grant money will be used to paint the staircase down to the new bathroom installed last year.  He was grateful to Rotary for their support.

Joyce Ligi, Dyane McDaniel-Brandt and Dean Miller from Meals-on-Wheels came to pick up their check.  They talked about how the Ridgefield Meals-on-Wheels is independent from the national organization in order to be able to serve all those in need throughout the town, no matter the age.  Their kitchen, located at Ballard Green, serves the community using 120 volunteers.  This year will mark their 40th Anniversary.  They are delighted with the grant that will help them carry on their work.

Irene Massagli from the OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors),  said that when the group first started, there were 300 members.  Now they are down to 70 members.  They take more day trips than in the past.  However, they are more active than ever and donate to Founders Hall and the High School Post-Graduation Party.  They will use their grant money to pay an insurance premium to pay for their trips.

Gina Wilson from Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra thanked the Club for the grant  that will be  used to purchase special music cabinets to house the orchestral music,  now stored in manila envelopes leaving the scores in very poor condition.  She passed around information that showed what the new cabinets will look like.

Matthew Hosan, the Ability Beyond Disability (ABD)  Coordinator  and Mark, one of the residents of the ABD house were introduced by Lisa Linsley.  ABD thanked our Club  for their continued support for the house on 45 Ritch Drive.  In the past, the grant was used for gardens and a gazebo, and this year’s grant will be used to purchase tickets to the Ridgefield Playhouse, a Yankee game, and yes, even a Boston Red Sox game!

Nancy McDaniel from the Ridgefield Historical Society thanked the Club  for the grant that will be used to  acquire computers and printers to help  archive  and preserve the local history.  She asked Club members to look around  to see if they have any materials around their house or in their files.

Robin Augustadt from We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding thanked our Club for the grant  and our  continued support for their program. Robin talked about the changes they  see in some kids with autism who start to talk a bit after they ride for a while with a  new-found confidence. She said that they are always looking for volunteers, so if anyone is interested, let her know.

Last updated 7-25-12