Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (Dutchess 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 Dutchess County, grants were awarded by the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program, Dover Education Enrichment Program, Oppenheimer Environmental Fund and Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund. 

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and students in Dutchess County totaled $8,787. Select grants include: $1,435 to incorporate Lego robotics into Dover Elementary School’s computer club curriculum; $1,000 for North East Community Center’s three-month reading and writing project for children in second and third grade; and $400 for Dover Middle School’s science challenge competition, which will engage 135 sixth- and seventh-grade students.

Health and Human Services:
Grants to nonprofits and individuals providing social and human services totaled $1,495. Grants include: $100 to support The Town of Dover Lions Club’s community service fair, which will connect 460 students to local nonprofit leaders; and $1,395 to Sophia Bucklin of Millbrook, who is building two cinder block houses for families in Masaya, Nicaragua. 

Arts and Culture:
A total of $1,725 was awarded to arts and cultural organizations in Dutchess County. Grants include: $1,225 for The Wassaic Project’s literacy program for kindergarten and first-grade students; $350 to support the Town of Dover Historical Society’s Exploring Historic Dover Club; and $150 for Dover Plains Library’s “Book a Trip around the World” program, which encourages youth to learn about different places across the globe. 

Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and programs in Dutchess County totaled $2,410. Grants include: $1,000 to Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a multi-year educational partnership with the Webutuck Central School District; and $1,410 for Hudson River HealthCare to establish a community garden at Dover Elementary School.

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







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