The Kent Presents ideas festival that brings together 80 renowned thought leaders every summer for three days to consider pressing issues is preparing a third year of community grants for nonprofit organizations in Litchfield County under its KentProvides program.

Last year the organization, headed by Kent residents Ben and Donna Rosen, donated $100,000 to 29 local groups to help fund activities that benefit people in need, youths and community service providers.

“These awards make a significant contribution to the lives of people in the Northwest Corner,” according to Ken Cooper, a Kent resident who heads the KentProvides awards committee.

Last year’s awards went to organizations such as Kent Affordable Housing, Sharon Playhouse, Chore Services, Community Culinary Institute, Children’s Center of New Milford, Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House and others.

Charitable organizations eligible for KentProvides grants must be tax exempt under IRS Section 50l(c)(3) and “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. Special emphasis will be placed on organizations that provide basic food and housing needs, emergency services and educational programs.”

Applications are due by Sept. 30.

For information, email kpprovides@