Project Return has received a $12,000 grant from the Near & Far Aid Association in Southport.

The Westport-based non-profit agency will put the money toward its residential program, which provides a structured group home setting for girls between the ages of 14-21 unable to live with their families because of abuse and neglect. Other services include aftercare and transitional living programs that provide support to young women who have left the home.

Project Return was founded in 1986 by a group of Westport residents to meet the long-term care needs of local adolescent girls in crisis.

Since 2000, Near & Far Aid, a non-profit agency, has granted over $11 million to charities in Fairfield County that try to improve the lives of children, families and individuals affected by poverty.

For information about Project Return, visit www.projectreturnct.org. To learn more about the Near & Far Aid Association, visit www.nearandfaraid.org.