The Watertown Foundation

Each year, the Watertown Foundation awards grants to address needs and opportunities that touch the lives of thousands of people in our community.

The Latest Foundation News

The 94th Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Watertown Golf Club

The Watertown Foundation held its 94th Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Watertown Golf Club on October 2. This year’s Honoree was former State Representative Brian Flaherty.  The evening also featured a lively presentation by Semina DeLaurentis of Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

 Many thanks to photographer Tom Torp for capturing the evening’s festivities.

The 2019 Watertown Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced

On June 13th the Watertown Foundation hosted a reception for the 2019 scholarship recipients and their parents at the Watertown Golf Club. This year the Watertown Foundation gave out a total of $66,000 in scholarships to Watertown graduates graduating from Watertown High School or any of the secondary schools in the area.


This year’s recipients are: Ina Lami – Joyce Mordenti Memorial, Caterina Liseo – Ricky Buzzuto Memorial, Ian Keroack – Fletcher Judson Memorial, Chelsea Barcial – Crystal Lukowski Memorial, Rachel Shirk – Marigold Spencer Memorial, Cameron Natusch – Litchfield Bancorp, Olivia Ernst – Chamber of Commerce/Antonacci STEM, David Aquavia – Chamber of Commerce Business, Alyssa Perugini – Reinhold & Katie DeWitt, Nicholas Pietrorazio – Reinhold & Katie DeWitt, Hayley Zemaitis – Town of Watertown, Ashley Janusonis – Eppehimer Memorial, Nancy Yang – David Woodward, Laine Rushton – David Woodward, Alesia Ballij – Watertown Foundation, Kiara Ballij – Watertown Foundation, Nicole DeFeo – Watertown Foundation, Emily Gursky – Watertown Foundation, Charina Manalo – 4yr Watertown Foundation, and Aleksandra Baran – 4yr Watertown Foundation.


The 2019 Grant Application is Now Available!

Tax-exempt organizations within a fifteen-mile radius of Watertown are invited to request a Non-Recurring Capital Improvement Grant from The Watertown Foundation. The application deadline is August 15, 2019. The proposed capital expenditure must conform to the Foundation by-laws requirement for charitable, educational, literary, scientific, historical or religious purposes. Awards will be announced in September.

In 2018, 45 organizations were awarded a total of $90,000 for a variety of non-recurring capital improvements including computers and Chromebooks, fences and flooring, security systems and storage sheds, plus robotic kits and refrigerators.

Click below to access the Guidelines and Application.

The 93rd Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Watertown Golf Club 

The Watertown Foundation held its 93rd Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Watertown Golf Club on October 10. Honorees included the Dunbar Family of Copes Waste Solutions and the Watertown Historical Society. The evening also featured a presentation by Bob Burns, Director of the Mattatuck Museum.

Featured speaker Bob Burns of the Mattatuck Museum with Watertown Foundation President Peg Durkee.

Janet and Bill Dunbar were honored for their dedication to the Watertown and Oakville communities.

State Senator Eric Berthel and Kendra Scapeccia of the Watertown Historical Society.

Watertown residents Bill Stevens, Sal Agati, and Elaine and Ralph Biondi.

Rev. John Cooney with former Watertown Foundation Presidents James Zoldy and Joseph Kinsella.

Lee Schlesinger and Margaret Rosa of Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc. represent one of the 45 organizations that will receive Community Service Grants in 2018-2019.

Watertown Foundation Honors the 2018 Scholarship Recipients at the Watertown Golf Club

On June 14th the Watertown Foundation hosted a reception for the 2018 scholarship recipients at the Watertown Golf Club. This year the Watertown Foundation gave out $74,000 in scholarship to Watertown graduates who are graduating from high school here or any of the secondary schools in the area. This year’s recipients are: Cameron Druckenmiller – Loren Neave Memorial, Haley White – Joyce Mortenti Memorial, Justin Guerrera – Ricky Buzzuto Memorial, Daniel Baribault – Fletcher Judson Memorial, Lauren Pavao – Crystal Lukowski Memorial, Noah DeFelice – Marigold Spencer Memorial, Christopher Mazzamaro – Litchfield Bancorp, Mallory Roy – Chamber of Commerce STEM, Ahmed Malik – Chamber of Commerce Business, Caitlin Kinsella – Reinhold & Katie DeWitt, Bethany Ottowitz – Reinhold & Katie DeWitt, Samantha Cross – Town of Watertown, Valentina Krasniqi – Eppehimer Memorial, Fjoralba Mukollari – David Woodward, Marinela Mukollari – David Woodward, Ahmed Malik – 4yr Woodward Scholarship($20,000), Caron Manalo – Watertown Foundation, Madison Griffin – Watertown Foundation, Robert Cullen – Watertown Foundation, Adam Alenckis – Watertown Foundation, Mallory Roy – Watertown Foundation, Francesca Mancini – 4yr Watertown Foundation($8,000), Madeline Roy – 4yr Watrtown Foundation ($16,000).

Watertown Foundation, Our Heritage

The Watertown Foundation will celebrate 100 years of charitable giving to Watertown and Oakville in a few short years. The Watertown Foundation and its members invite you to join our milestone journey to a century of community service.

The Watertown Foundation is the only community foundation dedicated solely to the Watertown and Oakville community.

A group of residents established the Watertown Foundation in 1925 to enhance the quality of life in our community through local charity. By combining their gifts and working together to invest their contributions and assess the community’s needs, our charter members began an extraordinary legacy.

Today, many of your neighbors continue to support the foundation’s exceptional tradition of community giving. This invitation to membership is your opportunity to join them.