DANBURY -- Two nonprofit organizations in the city stand to share $750,000 in state grants that the Bond Commission are expected to authorize Tuesday.
The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut is expected to receive $500,000 earmarked to build an enclosure around an outdoor pool at the Greenknoll branch in Brookfield.
Ann's Place, which provides support services to cancer patients and their loved ones, is set to receive $250,000.
Marie Miszewski, the president and chief executive officer of the local YMCA, said the grant will serve as a jumpstart for a capital campaign to raise the additional money to complete the project, which is estimated to cost $1.2 million.
Building the enclosure, Miszewski said, is part of a larger project that would expanded locker rooms for the pool and add a lobby at a total cost of about $3 million.
"This pool enclosure will be an enormous asset as we work to offer year-round programs in the Greenknoll pool, expand our water fitness activities for all ages, expand important water safety initiatives and provide additional access to area swim teams and summer campers," Miszewski said.
She added that while the bond funds were originally approved by the state Legislature four years ago, state Rep. David Scribner, R-Brookfield, has been "relentless" in his efforts to have the state release the money.
"Without Scribner's efforts, this wouldn't have come to fruition," Miszewski said.
The lawmaker said the grant is "an investment in the healthy future of thousands of area residents throughout our region."
At Ann's Place, George Colabella, the organization's development director, said the grant money would be used to help pay off the costs associated with the new $5 million building completed earlier this year.
Before moving into the new building on Saw Mill Road in January, the organization was using space donated by the Matrix Corporate Center.
"The building is the beginning of a new chapter that affords us the space and opportunity to expand and enrich our programs," Colabella said.
State Rep. Jan Giegler, R-Danbury, said Ann's Place provides invaluable resources to those living with cancer and their loved ones.
"The new facility is having a profound impact on patients and their families who are faced with the heartbreaking burden of dealing with cancer," she said.