The New Milford Town Council has approved the Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut's application for the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act.

This is a tax credit program designed to provide funding for municipal and tax-exempt organizations by providing a tax credit for businesses who make cash contributions to approved organizations.

Once final approval is received from the Department of Revenue Services, businesses that donate to the Community Culinary School will be able to receive a tax credit of 60 percent of their approved contribution.

"With 80 percent of program participants qualifying for sponsorships, based on income, paid by the school, the need for funding is always great," said Executive Director Dawn Hammacott.

"The tax credit will provide a great tool for us to use in our fundraising efforts. This will enable us to continue to provide job training to unemployed and underemployed individuals while feeding those in need in our community," she said.

More details will be provided as soon as final approval is received.

In the meantime, businesses interested in the tax credit should contact Hammacott at 203-512-5791 or email

The culinary school was established in 2007 to provide unemployed and underemployed men and women with the skills they need to find jobs with career paths in the food service industry. Tuition is free for qualifying candidates.