Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (Columbia County)

Sheffield, Mass.—The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of the first round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $319,245 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $1.5 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Columbia County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Columbia County, Kinderhook Arts and Humanities Fund, Taconic Hills Arts and Humanities/Education Enrichment Fund, and Quailwood Fund. Grants from the Fund for Columbia County were awarded to collaborative projects involving two or more nonprofits.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and organizations with educational programs in Columbia County totaled $19,863. Select grants include: $2,500 for Columbia Opportunities, Inc. to provide a summer literacy program for at-risk youth; $2,125 for Hudson Area Library to launch an oral history archive, including processing oral histories for preservation and public access, and hosting community engagement events; and $1,850 for The Sylvia Center’s “Skills for Life” program for culinary students to become healthy food advocates.

Arts and Culture: Grants to arts programs in Columbia County totaled $25,684. Select grants include: $5,000 to paint and restore Red Rock Historical Society; $2,445 for Hudson Opera House to host hip-hop classes and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus workshops; and $1,695 for “Art and Memories,” a teaching collaboration between the Art School of Columbia County and Camphill Ghent. 

Health and Human Services: Grants to nonprofits providing social and human services totaled $13,420. Select grants include: $1,920 to support High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center’s therapy for children in foster care; $7,500 to support the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company; and $1,500 for Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene County’s programming for children who have been incarcerated. 

Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and programs in Berkshire County totaled $16,120. Select grants include: $11,120 for improvements to Columbia Land Conservancy’s Schor Public Conservation Area; $2,000 to support Hawthorne Valley Association’s “Children’s Day” program; and $1,500 for Behold! New Lebanon to establish a living museum of contemporary rural American life, including workshops on organic farming, homesteading, foraging and more.

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






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