Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $3 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (Columbia County)

April 25, 2017

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of its first round of grantmaking for 2017. The foundation distributed nearly $380,000 in grants to individuals, school communities and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and over $2.7 million in grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Columbia County, the foundation awarded grants from the Artist’s Resource Trust Fund; Fund for Columbia County; Kinderhook Central School District Arts & Humanities Fund; and Quailwood Fund.

Education and Enrichment:
Grants to regional schools, school districts, teachers and organizations with educational programs in Columbia County totaled $9,000. Select grants include: $5,000 to Kite’s Nest for its social justice leadership academy; $2,150 for Claverack Free Library’s bilingual storytelling program; and $1,100 for professional storyteller Tom Lee to present oral folktales at Ichabod Primary School.

Arts and Culture:
Grants to local artists, arts organizations and arts programs totaled $19,000. Select grants include: $5,000 for Hudson Opera House to expand its hip-hop dance program with the Hudson Department of Youth; $2,600 for Art School of Columbia County to offer eight free art programs to members of Coarc and Camphill Ghent; and $1,500 to Ichabod Primary School for a ceramics program. 

Health and Human Services:
Grants to nonprofits and programs providing social and human services totaled $22,000. Select grants include: $7,000 to Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company for equipment upgrades; $5,000 to Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood to support children with incarcerated family members; and $2,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to provide food for underprivileged children.

Environment:
Grants to environmental organizations and projects totaled $17,750. Grants include: $10,000 to Columbia Land Conservancy for site improvements at Schor Public Conservation Area; $2,750 to Canaan Conservation Club for service upgrades; and $5,000 to Columbia Opportunities for a four-week nature camp in partnership with Hudson Family Literacy.

Nonprofit Capacity Building:
Six area funds and anonymous Columbia County donors contributed a total of $70,000 for eight nonprofit organizations to participate in Berkshire Taconic’s Nonprofit Learning Program, an intensive training course for executives and board leaders to learn best practices in governance, management and fund development. Led by internationally recognized nonprofit management consultant Simone Joyaux, this team-based program is comprehensive in scope, with five group training sessions, 12 hours of private consultation and a $2,000 implementation grant. High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center in Ghent, N.Y., is participating.

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






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