Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $2.1 Million in Summer Grants Cycle, Including $455,444 in Scholarships (Berkshire)

Sheffield, Mass.—The Board of Directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2015. The foundation distributed a total of $266,234 in grants to individuals and nonprofits and $445,444 in scholarships to high school, college and graduate school students in the four-county region it serves. Grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation totaled $1.4 million.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Williamstown and the James and Robert Hardman Fund, two of Berkshire Taconic’s 11 area funds serving specific towns or regions; the New World Fund for newly arrived immigrants; and five education enrichment funds for area schools. In addition, a total of $257,175 in previously announced scholarships was awarded to graduating seniors and current college students.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and students in Berkshire County through education enrichment funds totaled $62,332. Forty-nine individual projects in five districts received funding from Eagle & Janet's Fund for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District; the Lenox Education Enrichment Foundation; the Richmond Education Enrichment Fund; Seven Towns' Education Partnership Fund for the Central Berkshire Regional School District; and the Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund.

Select grant recipients include: Mount Everett Regional School’s and Undermountain Elementary’s robotics programs; nutrition programs at Lenox’s Morris Elementary; programming partnerships between Flying Deer Nature Center and Richmond Consolidated School; two books programs at the Central Berkshire district; and nature, art and fitness programs at Williamstown Elementary.

Health and Human Services: Nonprofits providing social and human services across the county received a total of $57,220 in grants. In Williamstown, recipients include Village Ambulance Service, for CPR workshops, and the Williamstown Youth Center, for summer camp swimming lessons. Thirteen nonprofits in Adams and North Adams were awarded grants, including United Cerebral Palsy; Goodwill Industries, for the “Dress for Success” program; and Hoosac Harvest, for subsidized CSA shares. Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield and Volunteers in Medicine in Great Barrington also received grants.

Arts and Culture: The Fund for Williamstown made a $2,000 grant to support the new tourism website Destination Williamstown.

A full list of regional grants can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org/summergrants and a full list of regional scholarship recipients can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org/2015scholarships.






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