WESTPORT — First County Bank Foundation awarded five Westport-based nonprofit groups a total of $22,500 in grants to support these organizations with their mission. The foundation has awarded individual grants worth over $8.2 million since its inception in 2001.

First County Bank Foundation granted $2,500 to Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center for their natural history museum, wildlife rehabilitation program, water quality laboratory, after school and summer camp programs; $10,000 to Homes with Hope for their emergency shelter for homeless single mothers and their children; $5,000 to Positive Directions, The Center for Prevention and Counseling for its adolescent behavioral health treatment program; $2,500 to Westport Library Association for After School and Summer Learning year-round assistance and enrichment program; and $2,500 to United Way of Coastal Connecticut-Westport for general programs.