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2021 – Canton Community Health Fund Distributes over $30,000 in Grants & Scholarships: Award Winners Honored for Their Work to Enhance Health & Well-Being of the Canton Community

July 18, 2021

Canton Community Health Fund(CCHF) announced the distribution of over $30,000 in grants to nonprofits that benefit the health and well-being of Canton’s residents and scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in a health-related field.

During the height of the COVID pandemic, CCHF’s award recipients used their talents and devotion to the Canton community to positively impact the lives of our neighbors, friends and family. As these individuals and organizations move forward in the coming year, we are proud to fund their endeavors as they, and we all, move into the future with purpose, determination and promise.

The following individuals each received $1,000 Dr. Diter’s Memorial Scholarships to pursue careers in health-related fields:

Canton High SchoolGraduating Seniors: Lang Le, Sophie Thomas, Andrew Cavanaugh, Kathryn Gallagher.

Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department: EMT/Firefighter Alexandra Benoff

EMT/Firefighter Alexandra Benoff

The following grants, from $1,000 up to $5,000, were awarded to a diverse group of non-profit organizations which will continue to make a significant impact on Canton’s residents:



Canton Food Bank: Purchase groceries to supplement donated food.

Ann Bryan CCHF Board Chair and Pat Lazauski, Manager Canton Food Bank





Cheryl Cleaves, Owner/Founder SpiritHorse Riding Center and Eden Lloyd









Canton Emergency Fuel Bank:Assist in payment of heating/electric expenses.

Focus on Canton:Provide temporary assistance for payment of utilities, rent, medical bills.

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center:Riding lessons for individuals with disabilities.

Arc of Farmington Valley:Purchase 2 high efficiency laundry units to support FAVARH store.

Gifts of Love: Purchase food for food pantry/weekend backpack program, for Canton residents.

Special Olympics:Purchase 20 softball helmets and help with transportation to events, for Canton residents.

Canton High School:Sponsor Substance Free graduation party.

We congratulate all the grant and scholarship winners and thank them for their ongoing efforts to enhance the health, safety and well-being of our community!

Canton Community Health Fundis a private foundation that accepts gifts and bequests for the benefit of Canton residents. An all-volunteer Board manages investment of the Fund,programming, distribution of grants and the Dr. Diter’s Memorial Scholarship. We invite you to support CCHF’s Mission through gifts of your time or donations. Please contact our Treasurer Kathy Wood,at kathleengwood@comcast.netfor available opportunities to contribute to our community.

Last modified: January 23, 2023