The Community Fund of Darien recently issued several grants to assist nonprofit organizations.

Family & Children's Agency in Norwalk has received an emergency grant of $5,000 to replace equipment damaged during Superstorm Sandy at its primary service location on Water Street.

A Better Chance in Darien received $3,000 for the support of seven girls from underserved areas who attend Darien schools.

Project Lifesaver, a new program in Darien through Family Centers, will receive $2,500 for technical equipment that will enable the Darien police to locate a missing person afflicted with Alzheimer's, autism or other conditions.

Community Plates, a new organization that uses volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from businesses and restaurants to local food pantries and soup kitchens, will receive a grant of $2,000 to help build its program. Stamford's Starfish Connection, which provides long-term mentoring to students from third through 12th grades, has received a grant of $1,000.

The Community Fund of Darien assists in meeting the health and human service needs of Darien, Norwalk and Stamford through strategic funding, guidance and leadership.

Since 1951, the organization has provided more than $20 million in grants to local agencies and social program initiatives.

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TCF also has given more than $625,000 in annual allocation grants to 26 agencies this past year that serve the area's community needs.

For information, visit

www.communityfund or call 203-655-8775.