Twenty-nine nonprofit organizations serving Litchfield County have been chosen to receive a total of $100,000 in grants from KentPresents, the ideas festival held every summer in Kent.

All groups receiving awards 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.

In selecting the recipients, special emphasis is placed on basic needs, emergency services and education programs.

2015 grant recipients receiving funds for a second year include Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (Jane Lloyd Fund), the Children's Center of New Milford, Chore Service Inc., Civic Life Project, Community Culinary Institute of Northwest Connecticut, Corner Food Pantry,

Also, Gathering Place of Torrington, Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Kent Affordable Housing, Kent Center School Scholarship Fund, Kent Community Fund, Kent Education Center and Nursery School, Kent Historical Society, Kent Memorial Library, Kent Village Housing for Elderly, Literacy Volunteers on the Green, Primetime House, Sharon Playhouse, United Way of Western Connecticut Back-to-School Program and Women's Support Services.

New 2016 grant recipients include the After School Arts Program, EMS Institute, Five Points Gallery, Kent Youth Hockey, Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House, Robotics And Beyond, Wassaic Project and Wheels of Greater New Milford.

“We are very pleased that in our second year KentPresents has been able to continue to make meaningful grants to so many organizations,” said Donna and Ben Rosen of Kent, founders of KentPresents.

“In the years to come we hope to continue to support needs-based groups that help people in our communities to thrive,” the Rosens said.

Applications for grants were reviewed by a group of 12 people, not including the Rosens, from Kent and surrounding communities.

The second annual KentPresents ideas festival was held at the Kent School from Aug. 18-20 and brought together 87 leaders in a variety of fields for cultural and intellectual discussions.

Among the presenters were Nobel Prize laureates, Tony, Peabody and Emmy winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and distinguished speakers from art, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health care, humanities, national issues, performing arts, science, technology and many others.

Over 300 guests attended from across the United States.

KentPresents will be held July 27-29 next year.

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