KentPresents, an ideas festival that will bring together more than 80 renowned thought leaders Aug. 18-20 to consider pressing issues, is also preparing a second year of community grants for non-profit organizations in Litchfield County under its KentProvides program.

Last year the organization headed by Kent residents Ben and Donna Rosen donated $100,000 to 26 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,” said 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, Kent Historical Society, Corner Food Pantry and Children’s Center of New Milford, among others.

Charitable organizations eligible for KentProvides grants must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the I.R.S 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.

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