2017 Summer Grants Awarded by Berkshire Taconic

This summer, Berkshire Taconic distributed a total of over $709,000 in competitive grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves. View the list of grant recipients below:

ARTS FUND FOR REGION ONE ($6,380)

The Arts Fund for Region One provides scholarships to students of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury or Sharon who are interested in arts-related programs

Emily Abbott
Jennifer Barillaro
Joseph Brennan
Eliana Calhoun
Vicki Cattelan
Amy Crodelle
Leslie Elias
Laurie Ellington
Anne Fitzgerald
Trevor Hampson
Abigail Hansell-Baumgarten
Elizabeth Howie
Leanne LaFond
Faith Maus 
Nina Money
Julie Saxton
Juliet Scimeca
Theresa Snyder Graney
Camila Titone
Daniel VanDeusen
Sara VanDeusen
Ariel Wang
Mary Wilbur

Eagle & Janet's Fund ($34,970)

The Eagle & Janet's Fund supports projects that sustain excellence in education in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.

Kari Giordano, Mt. Everett Regional School, Advanced Photography/Photojournalism/Video Opportunity
Gayle Tardif-Raser, Mass Audubon, An Ever Changing Landscape: Earth Science Residency with Mass Audubon
Will Conklin, Greenagers, Community Work Initiative and Crafting the Landscape
Marya Makuc, Mt. Everett Regional School, Eagle's Loft Update
Christine Singer, Your Personal Best: Workshops For Success, Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop
Bettina Montano, Berkshire Pulse Inc., Intro to Dance for High School Students
Ruth Dinerman, Flying Cloud Institute, It Takes a Village: Expanding Access to the MakerSpace
Andrew Rapport, Life Skills/ Language Lab Program, Life Skills Projects for 2017
Angela Spitia, Mt. Everett Regional School, Living and Learning in a Multicultural and Diverse World
Christopher Clark, Southern Berkshire Regional School District Vocal Music Department, Mt. Everett High School Choral Commissioning Project
Danielle Melino, Mt. Everett Regional School, National FFA Convention Trip 2017 
Sue Petrucci, Mt. Everett Regional School, Senior Citizen Lunch
Chris Thompson, Mt. Everett Regional School, VEX Competitive Robotics
Stephanie Graham, Mt. Everett Regional School, World Education Alliance: Rhythm and Rhyme Gala 2017

FARMINGTON RIVER INITIATIVE FOR REGIONAL EXCELLENCE (FIRE FUND) ($3,787)

The Farmington River Initiative for Regional Excellence supports projects that enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers in the Farmington River School District.

Thomas Nadolny, Differentiate the Math Curriculum program with Tom Schersten

GERMANTOWN STUDENT EDUCATION ARTS & HUMANITIES ENDOWMENT FUND ($7,705)

The Germantown Student Education Arts & Humanities Endowment Fund supports projects that enhance the arts and humanities programs for students and teachers in the Germantown Central School District. 

Nathan Bowles, Germantown Odyssey of the Mind (sponsored by the Germantown PTSA)
Jeanne Dolamore, Germantown Elementary School, Shakespeare's Clowns Artist-in Residency Program 
Karen Krager, Poetry and Prose Writing Across the Curriculum
Karyn Schassler, Film Columbia, After School Film Making Club

Fund for Williamstown ($11,850)

The Fund for Williamstown supports innovative projects and services that benefit the residents of Williamstown.

Berkshire Nursing Families, Lactation Support program
Community Access to the Arts, CATA at the Clark
Elder Services of the Berkshires, Elder Nutrition Program
Hoosac Harvest, Community Supported Agriculture
Community Images, Silent Images
United Cerebral Palsy, Northern Berkshire Children's Garden
Town of Williamstown, Williamstown Community Street Tree Restoration
Williamstown Conservation Commission, Margaret Lindley Park 50th Anniversary Celebration
Williamstown Youth Center, Personal Growth at Ramblewild
Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2017 Community Works

JAMES C. KAPTEYN PRIZE ($12,000)

The James C. Kapteyn Prize honors excellence in teaching with a $10,000 prize for study or travel, and a $2,000 to the chosen teacher's school. 

Linda Burlak, science instructor at Buxton School (Williamstown, Mass.)

JAMES AND ROBERT HARDMAN FUND ($39,400)

The James and Robert Hardman Fund supports nonprofit groups, community organizations or public agencies that support the residents of North Adams and the neighboring communities of Florida and Clarksburg, Mass., and Stamford, Vermont. The fund prioritizes projects that support disadvantaged residents or enrich the cultural and natural environment.

Berkshire Children and Families, Kids 4 Harmony 
Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, North Adams Summer Youth Works Program
Berkshire Family YMCA, Northern Berkshire Branch Roof Project
Berkshire Food Project, Free meals program
Berkshire Nursing Families, Lactation Support program
Child Care of The Berkshires, updating the Monument Square Kitchen 
City of North Adams Office of Community Events, North Adams Farmers Market SNAP program 
Community Access to the Arts, Workshops for people with disabilities in North Adams 
E3 Academy, North Adams Public Schools, Responding to Food Insecurity in our Community
Elder Services of Berkshire County, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program and Elder Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels & Congregate Meal Sites)
Elizabeth Freeman Center, Program support in North Adams office
Hoosac Harvest, Community Supported Agriculture
Louison House, PATCH (Providing for All Through Community Harvesting)
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, UNiTY Youth Leadership Program
Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, Friendship Center Food Pantry
ROOTS Teen Center, Volunteer & youth board support
Shakespeare & Company, Shakespeare in the Courts (SITC) 
Take and Eat, Weekend meals for homebound seniors

NEW WORLD FUND ($14,000)

The New World Fund supports nonprofit organizations that provide services to recent immigrants to Berkshire County.

Berkshire Immigrant Center
Elizabeth Freeman Center
Literacy Network of South Berkshire
Volunteers in Medicine 

NORTHEAST DUTCHESS FUND ($84,300)

The Northeast Dutchess Fund supports nonprofits, municipalities, community organizations or civic entities in northeast Dutchess County, NY.

Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, Pine Plains Citizen Science program
Center of Compassion, Backpack program
Clinton Community Library, Optimistic Aging Continues!
Dutchess Community College, child care and transportation for high school equivalency and ESL students
First Presbyterian Church of Millerton, Caring Community program
Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry, support for food pantry 
Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows, Healthy Latinos program
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Bringing Shakespeare to Life program for Millbrook 6th graders
Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center, scholarship assistance program
Millerton Adopt-A-Family, support for Christmas gift program
NEDCorps, funding for human services program 

North East Community Center, youth enrichment programs
NorthEast-Millerton Library, Music in the Annex 2017 concert series
Pine Plains Health Center, Reach Out and Read program
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, Safe and Healthy Homes program
Susie Reizod Foundation, new shoes donation program for children in need 
Town of Dover Lions Club, Expanded Screening Eyes Early (SEE) program
Wassaic Community Farm, Making Our Farm A Booster of Agricultural Education and Community Gardens program
The Wassaic Project, Support for summer events (sound technicians, staffing and equipment)

NORTHWEST CORNER FUND ($35,000)

The Northwest Corner Fund makes grants to improve the quality of life for the residents of northwest Litchfield County in Connecticut.

Year two of the Northwest Corner Prevention Network Collaborative

RICHMOND EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT FUND (REEF) ($4,147)

The Richmond Educational Enrichment Fund supports projects that enhance and enrich the educational experience in the Richmond Consolidated School.

Lucie Castaldo, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Learning Through Arts at Richmond Consolidated School
Rachel Kanz, Richmond Consolidated School, Spoken Word Poetry Unit, After-School Game Club and Mass Audubon and RCS Partnership
Jill Pompi, Richmond Consolidated School, Science and Literacy=Success!
Julia Sabourin, Richmond Consolidated School, Technology-Document Camera for Grade 4
Christine Singer, Your Personal Best: Workshops For Success, Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop
Elizabeth Smith, Richmond Consolidated School, Exploring Our State Capital: Boston

SEE FUND - SUSTAINING EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE ($15,583)

The SEE Fund makes grants to support educational improvements and innovations that strengthen the students’ learning experience at Mount Greylock High School.

Eileen Belastock, Google Certification Level 1 Bootcamp
Brian Gill, Dance and Aerobic Enrichment
Ellen Kaiser, MakerJam
Emily Lescarbeau, Post Graduation Study 
Daniel Louis, Mt Greylock Robotics Club
Peter Niemeyer, Robotics Program
Morgan Pannesco, Mt. Greylock Middle School Book Club 
Amy Turner, Mt. Greylock and UMASS Boston Dual-Enrollment Latin course partial tuition payments