Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Winter Grants Cycle (Columbia 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 Columbia County, the foundation awarded grants from the Chatham Education Foundation; Hudson Arts & Humanities Fund; Martha Boschen Porter Fund; New Lebanon Arts & Humanities Fund; and Taconic Hills Arts & Humanities/Education Enrichment Fund.
Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and organizations with educational programs in Columbia County totaled $20,000. Select grants include: $1,600 to Hudson Area Association Library to offer an after-school tutoring program for eighth-graders from Hudson Junior High School; $2,000 to Chatham High School for its robotics program; and $550 to New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School for a student-led literary magazine.
Arts and Culture: Grants to local artists, arts organizations and arts programs totaled $30,500. Select grants include: $1,600 to PS21 for a dance and drum workshop with Jamal Jackson Dance Company for fifth-graders at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School; $2,000 to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus to expand its acrobatics and aerial arts programming; and $5,000 to Jeffrey Mousseau of Ancram for a bilingual solo performance piece at Ancram Opera House.
Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and projects totaled $7,400. Select grants include: $1,500 to Chatham High School for a program about the history of the Hudson River; $1,825 to Flying Deer Nature Center to continue its partnership with Mary E. Dardess Elementary School to teach fourth-grade students about Native American history by building an Iroquois longhouse; and $1,500 to Taconic Hills Jr./Sr. High School for a field trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
A full list of regional grants can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org/wintergrants.