Northeast Dutchess Fund

Grant Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Nonprofits, municipalities, community organizations or civic entities in northeast Dutchess County.

GRANT INFORMATION

The Northeast Dutchess Fund was formed in 2002 to set in motion a community effort to build an endowment that would support nonprofit activities in Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic and Wingdale and their hamlets.

The Fund is positioned to serve as an ongoing resource that can look across town borders and combine resources to achieve maximum benefit for the residents of these towns. Under the guidance of a group of community advisors, it reviews and makes grants in response to applications it receives, provides technical assistance to nonprofits and initiates projects to provide services that do not exist.

ELIGIBILITY

Nonprofit organizations, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic and Wingdale are eligible to apply for grants. Requests will be considered for projects, programs, capital improvements and general operating support.

An organization may submit only one application per deadline. Projects that have received prior support from the Northeast Dutchess Fund may reapply.

Nonprofits, teachers, students or parents may apply for projects that enhance the educational experience for the children in the aforementioned towns. Projects may provide individual school or system-wide education and enrichment opportunities. All requests must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal or superintendent.

Public agencies may apply for projects that enrich the experience of their residents or offer additional opportunities for public improvements. Please note that grants are not intended to replace tax dollars.

The Northeast Dutchess Fund does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

Grants usually range between $500 and $3000, with requests up to $10,000 considered for exceptional projects. All grants will require a one-to-one match either in cash, services or in-kind donations. Berkshire Taconic reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis. An assessment of the project’s outcomes will be required once the program or service funded is completed and before any applications are submitted to the Northeast Dutchess Fund for further funding.

Emergency Grants
Emergency grants of up to $500 may be awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Northeast Dutchess Fund Committee. Please submit a one page letter of inquiry outlining the nature of the crisis and projected use of funds. Further information may be requested by Berkshire Taconic before a decision is made. 

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed by the Northeast Dutchess Fund Committee. This committee is comprised of residents of Northeast Dutchess who are active in community affairs. Recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s Board of Directors.

The selected recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors.

  • Quality: How worthy is the project? Is it the right time for this project? Does it involve qualified individuals or organizations? Is it well conceived? Does it fit well with other related activities and priorities? Is it cost effective?
  • Extent of Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service on the community? Does it engage the community? Does it address an unmet need in the community? Is it a critical program or initiative at this time?
  • Feasibility: Can the applicant complete the project? Does the organization or individual exhibit a demonstrated capacity to initiate and successfully execute similar projects? Are the appropriate staff members or volunteers involved? Is the staff/group capable and stable enough to perform the tasks necessary to complete the proposed project?