Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Fall Grants Cycle (Berkshire County)

Sheffield, Mass.—The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of the third round of grantmaking for 2015. The foundation distributed a total of $101,948 in grants to individuals and nonprofits and grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation totaled $1.4 million. 

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership (ACE), the Gateway Fund, the Pauline Young Music Fund and the Martha Boschen Porter Fund.  

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools, school districts and students in Berkshire County totaled $29,898. Select grants include: $1,750 for “Track My Progress,” an online assessment that measures student learning against the Common Core; $2,000 to support Drury High School’s arts management course; and $2,000 to purchase iPads for the students and teachers of the North Adams public schools to create multi-media presentations.

Arts and Culture: Grants to artists in Berkshire County totaled $27,150. Select grant recipients include: Mary-Ellen Beattie of Clarksburg, who received $3,000 for an installation that reuses natural and manmade materials; Heather Fisch of Housatonic, who received $4,000 to direct a production “Tarot Show”; and Brendan Mathews of Lenox, who received $3,650 to draft his novel, “The World of Tomorrow.”

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




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About Hammertown
Hammertown Barn Event Committee
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Middle Row: Susan Hillel, Katherine Martucci, Wendy Curtis, Palmer Irving, Beth Ledy
Front row: Diana Hurley, Joan Osofsky, co-chair Sally Berg
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About Chatham
Photo of Chatham Middle School by John Dolan.
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About Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly. Photo (c) Jack Shear
About Construct Inc
About Construct Inc
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About Elders Services Meals on Wheels
About Elders Services Meals on Wheels
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About Summer Sundays
About Summer Sundays
Summer Sundays at Six Street Festival supported by the Fund for Williamstown.
About Northeast Community Center
About Northeast Community Center
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About Teen Theatre
About Teen Theatre
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About UNITY
About UNITY
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About Great Barrington
About Great Barrington
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About Mary-Ellen
About Mary-Ellen
Mary-Ellen’s artwork involves reusing and reconfiguring natural manmade materials. She was awarded BTCF’s Tupelo Award.