Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Winter Grants Cycle (Berkshire County)

January 12, 2017

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of its final round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed over $708,000 in grants to individuals, schools and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $800,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership; Amy Clampitt Fund; Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund; Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence; Central Berkshire Fund; Martha Boschen Porter Fund; William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy; and Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and organizations with educational programs in Berkshire County totaled $42,000. Select grants include: $5,000 to the Savoy Parent Teacher Group for a new playground at Savoy Elementary School; $4,000 to the Dalton Cooperative Nursery School for its early childhood program; and $1,750 to C.T. Plunkett Elementary School for an online assessment that measures students’ learning against Common Core standards.

Arts and Culture: Grants to local artists, arts organizations and arts programs totaled nearly $165,000. Select grants include: $9,000 to Berkshire Theatre Group for its “BTG PLAYS!” residency program at Cheshire, Plunkett and Kittredge elementary schools; $3,000 to Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Regional Middle School for a celebration of student diversity; and $5,000 to novelist Virginia Watkins of Sheffield.

Health and Human Services: Grants to nonprofits providing social and human services totaled $106,000. Select grants include: $28,000 to Youth Center Inc. for its after-school programs for students ages 9 to 18; $8,000 to the Elizabeth Freeman Center for its violence prevention program; and $6,000 to Porchlight VNA/Home Care for its “Move in Time” program for senior citizens. 

Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and projects totaled $42,000. Select grants include: $5,000 to Adams Agricultural Fair to build a stage and platform for entertainment acts; $1,900 to Mass Audubon for biodiversity and classification education for sixth-graders at Monument Valley Regional Middle School; and $2,500 to Hoosic River Revival to partner with artist David Buckley Borden on an awareness-building installation along the river. 

A full list of regional grants can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org/wintergrants







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