Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (Litchfield 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 Litchfield County, the foundation awarded grants from the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program, Madeleine B. Wildes Fund, Margaret Derwin “Blue Sky” Scholarship Fund, Northwest Corner Fund, and Salisbury Central School Educational Endowment Fund.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and students totaled $126,846. Grants include: $18,846 for SOAR, Inc.’s after-school programs and enrichment activities at Salisbury Central School; $3,000 for EXTRAS’ child care services for families in need in Salisbury and Lakeville; and $105,000 to Sara VanDeusen of East Canaan to use towards college expenses and a community service trip this summer. 

Health and Human Services: Grants to nonprofits and individuals providing social and human services totaled $51,883. Select grants include: $3,933 for Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s clinical counseling services; $2,700 for Chore Service’s at-home services for seniors and disabled residents; $1,500 to Ella Hampson of Cornwall Bridge, who is participating in a 10-day community service trip to Peru. 

Environment: Cristian Umana of Lakeville received $1,300 from the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program to study habitat loss and food access in Oslo, Norway. He will spend three weeks teaching local residents how to build community vegetable gardens and pollinator hotels in an effort to boost food security and environmental stability in the area.

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






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