The Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly

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To benefit citizens of Ridgefield, Connecticut who are over the age of 62 and require financial assistance for their general welfare so they may live out the remainder of their lives in dignity.

Application deadlines

June 15

Program areas

Human services

States served


Geographic limitations

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Population Served

Men and women over the age of 62


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee members

Rudy Marconi
Joyce C. Ligi
Joseph Hogan

The Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly awards grants to organizations that benefit the residents of Ridgefield, Connecticut over 62 years of age, who are in need of financial assistance for their general welfare, including, but not limited to, providing them with housing, medical assistance, transportation, food, or other services for their general welfare in order that they may live out the remainder of their lives in dignity.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • Grants must benefit the elderly, over the age of 62, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut.


The foundation does not grant funds directly to individuals.

Average giving

Average grant size: $1,000 to $25,000
Average number of grants per year: 6
Average total giving per year: $50,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by June 15 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in September.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly was established under the Last Will and Testament of Irmgard Johanna Laszig.

The Laszigs immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1932 and settled in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Paul Laszig ran the Modern Barber Shop on Catoonah Street for 33 years, where he enjoyed discussing investments with his clientele. Despite some very successful personal investments, the couple lived quite modestly throughout their lives.

Paul died in 1974 and Johanna, who was wheelchair-bound, lived until 1980. In her later years, she was dependent on local organizations for assistance. As a result, she established The Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly, the income of which continues to benefit Ridgefield’s senior residents.