CLiCK’s beginning partner was the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF). CEDF has supported CLiCK in multiple ways, including financially by matching our mortgage for the building with a $100,000 grant, a $25,000 loan and a $25,000 line of credit. All these funds were used to make repairs on the building, to build-out the existing commercial kitchen and to purchase equipment for the processing kitchen. In addition, CEDF has financial support, business skills training and business consulting available for future entrepreneurs.
CLiCK has received other forms of funding, in particular from the USDA, as well as from other institutions, foundations and individuals. This funding will be used to continue growth of the commercial and processing kitchens, as well as develop programing on the teaching kitchen side. We are also seeking funding to make classes free for those without the means to pay for them and to be able to better serve CLiCK’s commitment to social justice and equity.
Other social service partners include the Access Community Action Agency, The No Freeze Hospitality Center, The Covent Soup Kitchen, The Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, Generations, WAIM , GROW Windham and more.
In addition, CLiCK has relationships with the two local universities (Eastern Connecticut State University and UCONN) and the local community college (Quinebaug Valley). In fact, two of CLiCK’s Board members are UCONN professors (Dr. Phoebe Godfrey and Dr. Hedley Freake), another two are ECSU professors (Kim Silcox and Dr. Christine Caruso) and a number of UCONN students have already completed internships with CLiCK. The plan is to host many more interns from all the surrounding schools, including Windham High School and The Depot Campus in Mansfield.
CLiCK has received a number of grants from the following: REBG grant from the USDA; LFPP grant from the USDA; CT Dept of AG; funding from the Jeffery Ossen Foundation; The Town of Windham; The Windham Welfare Bureau just to name a few.