Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Announces First Round of 2018 Deadlines for Columbia County

January 11, 2018

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2018. Regional nonprofits, students, individuals and schools are invited to apply for funding during the winter grants cycle from January through March.

FOR NONPROFITS

Harvard Business School’s Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) program is designed for senior nonprofit leaders who are committed to implementing effective performance measurement and management in their organizations. For the first time, Berkshire Taconic is offering one scholarship for the four-day program, which runs from May 29 to June 1 on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Mass. The value of the program is $4,500. Applications are due Feb. 1.

The Fund for Columbia County invites applications for projects that involve two or more organizations working in collaboration to maximize services and increase their individual impact on Columbia County residents. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Applications are due Feb. 15.

The Quailwood Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities with programs that benefit the residents of Red Rock. Grants range from $500 to $10,000. Applications are due Feb. 15.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applications are due March 1.

FOR STUDENTS: SCHOLARSHIPS

The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female residents of the Berkshire Taconic region who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in natural or physical science or engineering. Applications are due March 15.

The Cha-Nel Scholarship Fund supports graduating seniors of Chatham and New Lebanon high schools who are entering their first year at a college or university, as well as prior Cha-Nel scholarship recipients. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded. Applications are due March 15.

The Closson-Raught American Legion Post 1160 Scholarship Fund supports students of Taconic Hills High School with a family member who is currently serving or has served honorably in the U.S. military. Awardees will receive $1,000 annually. Applications are due March 15.

The Dr. Luis A. Jacome Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating seniors of Ichabod Crane High School who are entering their first year at a college or university and have a passion for sports with an interest in health or science. Awardees will receive $2,000 or more annually. Applications are due March 15.

The Emma M. Kirchhofer Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are residents of Columbia County. Recipients may apply to renew their scholarships, up to a maximum of $4,000 over four years. Applications are due March 15.

The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at a conservatory or school of music to pursue a career in classical music. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded. Applications are due March 15.

The Moe England '53/England Scott Family Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 to graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Applications are due March 15.

The Quailwood Scholarship Fund supports residents of Red Rock who have been accepted at a college, university or professional program. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded. Applications are due March 15.

FOR STUDENTS AND INDIVIDUALS: TRAVEL, SUMMER SERVICE AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS

The Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund and Youth World Awareness Program provides grants to students ages 14 to 22 for international travel and service. Grants range from $500 to $1,500 for individual applicants; larger grants may be considered for groups. Applications are due Feb. 1.

 

The Moonlight Mile Scholarship Fund supports women who are seeking matching funds to support travel or equipment needs for study or athletic competition, professional training, or support for alternative healing. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and live in New York or Massachusetts. Grants range from $500 to $1,200. Applications are due March 15.

The Simple Gifts Fund awards grants to young people ages 13 to 19 for participation in cultural or creative summer programs. Grants range from $200 to $800. Applications are due March 15.

FOR SCHOOLS

The Kinderhook Central School District Arts and Humanities Fund supports projects that will enhance the experience of the arts and humanities for students and teachers in the Ichabod Crane Central School District. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded. Applications are due Jan. 15.

The Germantown Student Education Arts and Humanities Endowment Fund supports projects that will enhance the experience of the arts and humanities for students and teachers in the Germantown Central School District. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded. Applications are due Jan. 31.

The James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund honors excellence in teaching with a $10,000 prize for study or travel. Nominations from school principals or chief administrators are due Feb. 9. Nominees must complete their applications by March 30. Contact grants@berkshiretaconic.org to nominate an educator.

The application process for all grants is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.
The application process for all scholarships is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchScholarships.






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