The Lewis Fund, which awards grants to non-profit organizations for activities that "are conducted in whole or in part for the benefit or use of residents of Ridgefield and its vicinity,” is seeking applicants.
Started under the term of the will of Wadsworth R. Lewis, the son of a prominent Ridgefield family, who died in 1942, the Lewis Fund has awarded grants totaling in excess of $3,700,000. Distribution of Lewis Fund grants began in 1950 after the death of Mary Russell Lewis, the mother of Wadsworth Lewis. Last year, the Lewis Fund awarded grants totaling over $105,000 to over 48 organizations. The Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club, Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, Ridgefield Library, Aldrich Museum and Meals on Wheels were some of the local organizations that received awards from the Lewis Fund.