Westport Writers’ Workshop Receives CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities

WESTPORT, CT — Westport Writers’ Workshop (WWW) was recently awarded an $8300.00 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities (CTH). CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public. 

WWW will apply grant monies to their Outreach Program, where writing is taught to individuals undergoing specific challenges or who have survived some type of hardship. The grant will help fund volunteer instructors to visit various communities to foster healing and growth through story. 

In recent years, WWW has brought complementary programming to The Center for Empowerment and Education (formerly the Danbury Women’s Shelter), Homes for the Brave, Caroline House, Harlem Village Academies, Writing for Women affected by Breast Cancer, College Essay Writing for Fairfield Seniors, and Writing for Women with Special Needs Children. Should your organization like to be considered for the program, email info@westportwritersworkshop.

“Westport Writers’ Workshop is overwhelmed with gratitude for receiving the generous grant from the CT Humanities Foundation. This grant will enable us to continue to provide qualified instructors to teach classes for FREE in underserved communities who will benefit from the healing power of writing and storytelling. This grant will also provide partially funded scholarships to eligible writers at the Westport Writers’ Workshop,” said Blake Schnirring, Executive Director.

Westport Writers’ Workshop is one of the 725 organizations in Connecticut receiving a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. Totaling more than $8.5M, these grants are part of a two-year, $30.7M investments in arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont.

This CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant is provided to Westport Writers’ Workshop from CT Humanities, with funding from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature. 

The Westport Writers’ Workshop is an independent literary arts center offering enriching, supportive creative writing classes, as well as free literary readings to the public. Our organization also provides free writing workshops to underserved populations in their own communities. For details regarding classes, services, and the Outreach Program, go to westportwritersworkshop.com

CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.  

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Submitted by Westport, CT

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