Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation logo.
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation logo.

NORTHWEST CORNER — On Thursday, July 15, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation announced that it has awarded a grant to The Winsted Phoenix for $3,000.

The grant has been made possible by the foundation’s Keroden Endowed Fund, a fund of the Foundation. 

According to its website at, the Northwest Community Foundation was founded in 1969 and serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut.

In 2019, $5.4 million in grants were awarded, and $162,000 in scholarships were awarded.

The foundation funded $745,000 for Covid-19 relief during the pandemic.

The Winsted Phoenix was founded in 2019 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to serve the public interest and need for news and information in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

Towns covered include Winsted, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford, Norfolk, and Torrington. 

The Winsted Phoenix was formed to serve communities that have been underserved when it comes to news and information, to prevent a “news desert” in the Northwest Corner.

“This will substantially help us to better serve our readership in the Northwest Corner of the state,” Winsted Phoenix Board President David Blitz said. “We are thankful for the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation’s support.”

Residents of the Northwest Corner who are serving on the Winsted Phoenix’s Board of Directors include Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce CEO JoAnn Ryan, Berkshire Country Store, and Berkshire Country Cafe owner Ryan Craig, Tara Yard of The Blachere Group – owners of the Whiting Mills Artist Studios in Winsted, Sandy Evans of Whiting Mills, Central Connecticut State University professor Member David Blitz, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties realtor and host of WAPJ’s Hot Spot radio show Darcy Abbott, former Winsted Journal reporter Erica Taylor, and Nutmeg Chatter host and author Rich Cyr.

The Winsted Phoenix’s GoFundMe campaign is ongoing at