2016 fall GRANTS AWARDED BY BERKSHIRE TACONIC 

This fall, Berkshire Taconic distributed a total of $50,134 in competitive grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves. View the list of grant recipients below:

 

THE GATEWAY FUND & PAULINE YOUNG MUSIC FUND ($19,634)

Together, the Gateway Fund and Pauline Young Music Fund support projects that inspire and engage students of the North Adams School District. 

Albany Berkshire Ballet (Pittsfield, Mass.), 
for students of Colegrove Park Elementary School to attend an interactive performance of The Nutcracker.
Brayton Elementary School (North Adams, Mass.), for its empathy awareness workshop, which teaches students to respect people with disabilities and aging-related challenges  
Drury High School (North Adams, Mass.), for its annual senior citizen’s prom; to provide a free music camp to students in fifth through ninth grades; to purchase new equipment for drama productions and service learning projects; to support a photography course that prepares students for college and the workforce; to purchase new studio recording equipment; and for Drury Stage Company, a program that fosters students' interest in performing arts
E3 Academy (North Adams, Mass.), for a program that teaches students about the importance of active listening, cooperation and appropriate risk-taking through drumming lessons
Greylock Elementary School (North Adams, Mass.), to incorporate Garage Band into music courses to teach students how to record and edit compositions
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Mass.), for a two-week artist residency serving fourth grade students from Brayton Elementary School, Colegrove Park Elementary School and Greylock Elementary School
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (Williamstown, Mass.), for all kindergarten students in North Adams to visit Sheep Hill, a former dairy farm now used for environmental education programs and other outdoor activities

tabor foundation fund ($30,500)

The Tabor Foundation Fund supports residents of northwest Litchfield County, Conn., and northeast Dutchess County, NY, who plan to undertake education or training in a field of health care and seek employment in their community afterwards 

Sierra Agard
 (Kent, Conn.), to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut State University
Sabina Busby (Cornwall, Conn.), to earn her doctorate in physical therapy at Quinnipiac University
Siena Chevalier (Sharon, Conn.), to become an advanced practicing nurse practitioner 
Mary Lee Clark (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.), to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing at Northwestern Connecticut Community College 
Melissa Green (Poughquag, NY), to pursue a bachelor’s in diagnostic medical sonography from Adventist University of Health Sciences
Lorna Kessler (Amenia, NY), to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing at Columbia-Greene Community College 
Abigail Merrill (Lakeville, Conn.), to study physical therapy and clinical health at Ithaca College
Johanna Walton (Sharon, Conn.), to become a registered nurse