ANSONIA — To Sharon Kelley, the executive director of the Julia Day Nursery, Valley Community’s just-awarded $2,000 grant could be the difference between opening and staying closed.

“This is a big help,” said Kelley, whose facility on Central Street has been closed since April 9. “We’re getting ready to open June 15. This will help us buy the masks, the gloves, the hand sanitizer, the wipes — everything we need to re-open.

“We had no income coming in since (April 9), but we still have bills to pay,” she said.

The Nursery was one of eight local businesses to receive a total of $15,150 in grants in the third of the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund award round. The announcement was made Tuesday by fund representatives from the Valley Community Foundation, the Valley United Way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council of Health and Human Services.

So far, more than $144,8000 in grants have been awarded to Valley entities since Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency orders shut the state down in March.

The following organizations were awarded:

$1,750 to the Adam Wysota Foundation in Shelton which provides grief counseling to families, for personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

$2,000 to the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford which has an office in Ansonia whose services include an outpatient psychiatric clinic, for personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

$2,000 to Center Stage Theater Inc. in Shelton which has an active theater season and in normal times conducts a summer theater camp for students, for personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

$2,000 to the Connecticut Radio Information System Inc. to pay for additional staff costs in recording pandemic information for blind or print-challenged Valley residents

$2,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven which has an office on Elizabeth Street in Derby to purchase Lexia Power-Up software and personal protective equipment.

$1,800 to Massaro Community Farm Inc. in Woodbridge for wellness and education programs as well as summer camps for Valley students.

$1,600 to the Valley Fire Chief’s Emergency Plan to purchase computers and software to enable the Valley Fire School to offer training and certification classes for firefighters and emergency service personnel.

“These funds are very essential for these organization to continue to do their work under these circumstance,” said Diane Stroman, a Valley Community Foundation board member and Ansonia alderman. “No one anticipated the circumstances created by this pandemic and these supplies were not budgeted. But they are critical in allowing these groups to continue doing the work they do.”

To support the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, visit www.valleyfoundation.org. A full list of grants that have been awarded from the COVID-19 Fund to date is available here.