Applicants flock for neighborhood funds
Eleven Wilton organizations have stepped up and requested hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding under the 2018 State of Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program.
The Board of Selectmen, at its meeting at town hall June 18, approved the list of applicants so the process can begin.
The program offers a corporation business tax credit of 60% to businesses that make cash contributions to an approved, tax-exempt public or private program. The credit is 100% in the case of certain energy-conservation programs. All programs must be approved by the state Department of Revenue Services.
Examples of programs that may be eligible include, but are not limited to, those focusing on neighborhood assistance, job training, community service, crime prevention, and child day care facilities.
The selectmen approved the following requests:
- The Wilton Y/Riverbrook YMCA — $150,000 for an after-school child care services and education program.
- The Wilton Track Association — $150,000 to rebuild the town track facility as a community service.
- The Wilton Land Conservation Trust — $150,000 for open space acquisition funds to acquire 183 Ridgefield Road.
- The Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail — $130,000 as a community service to complete the WilWalk, a 4.8-mile section of the trail.
- The Wilton Community Assistance Fund/Wilton Rocks for Food — $50,000 for Wilton’s food pantry.
- The Wilton Department of Social Services — $10,000 for its food pantry.
- The Wilton Library Association — $40,060 for energy conservation.
- The Wilton Youth Council — $24,000 for an executive director as a community service.
- The Wilton Community Assistance Fund, also known as the Wilton Interfaith Council — $10,000 for emergency financial assistance to low-income persons.
- Wilton Swag/Community Steps — $8,000 to develop employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities as a community service.
- The Friends of Ambler Farm — $3,000 for school field trip experiences for underserved youth.
The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on all program applications at its June 18 meeting. No one spoke.
The town must now send all approved forms for these requests to the state Department of Revenue Services by July 2. A list of approved programs will be made available by Sept. 1.