$20,000 in grants available for elderly.


Byline: Karen Nugent

CLINTON - About $20,000 in grants will be offered to organizations in town that serve the elderly and those in need.

The board of directors of The Clinton Home for Aged People unanimously approved the grant offerings, according to Caroline B. Keiger, president of The Clinton Home, 271 Church St.

Requests for proposals will be solicited from the Clinton Hospital Foundation, the public schools' Scholarship and Enrichment Foundation, the Friends of the Clinton Senior Center, the Item Appeal, and Friends of the Bigelow Free Public Library.

"We are determined to significantly expand our charitable donations in order to assist these important organizations with improving the health and welfare of seniors and those in need in Clinton," Ms. Keiger said.

Additional rounds of funding may be available later in the year, she noted.

Joel A. Frisch, treasurer of The Clinton Home, said yesterday the money could be divided among organizations, or awarded to just one.

"It depends on the kind of proposals we receive," he said.

The proposals are due by the end of April, Mr. Frisch said.

The former rest home was established in 1902 by Dr. Walter P. Bowers, who left it in trust for needy senior citizens in poor health. The board of directors changed its focus and closed the home three years ago, and now focuses on charitable giving and having social events for seniors at the landmark Victorian home overlooking Central Park.


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