The East Hill Woods Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) will award grants this year to organizations serving seniors in the region.

CCF will award senior initiative grants specifically to connect more seniors to information and services, particularly the CHOICES program offered by the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, which can be found at www.wcaaa.org.

"We believe that we will make a bigger impact and help seniors more effectively by focusing our funding on supporting organizations that enable them to remain in their homes," said Carol O'Donnell, associate CEO at CCF.

Funding could be used for the aid of programs and services; development and implementation of service networks; the development of a senior to senior volunteer program; support for agencies serving seniors; and a design of a data system to track seniors.

The advisory committee at CCF formed the fund's goals and strategies after conducting focus groups, surveys and interviews of the senior issues in Greater Waterbury and Litchfield County.

CCF followed up with area non-profits and hosted information sessions about the East Hill Woods fund's grant, prioritizing Waterbury, New Milford and other area towns.

The CCF will also accept scholarship applications for the 2011 school year until March 15.

Scholarships are available to students in Bridgewater, New Milford, Roxbury, Washington as well as some other area municipalities.

Scholarship program directors from CCF and American Savings Foundation will discuss their programs' application processes, required information, and key deadlines at a free information session Feb. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury.

For more information, call 860-827-2556 to register, or call 203-753-1315 ext. 116, visit www.conncf.org or e-mail kmascoli@conncf.org.