Columbia County Emergency Response Fund


Berkshire Taconic launched the Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with individuals and families who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

The fund is prioritizing human services and community-based organizations with experience helping individuals and families in Columbia County stabilize their lives in times of crisis and will help meet the following emergency needs:

  • Access to food for children, youth and seniors
  • Demand for early child care, especially among health care professionals, first-responders and lower-income residents who need to work
  • Mobilizing volunteers to provide services and supports
  • Internet access to ensure students can access online instruction
  • Support for the homeless population
  • Increased demand for medical services for uninsured or undocumented individuals
  • Support for residents unable to pay rent due to job loss or cutback in hours

All donations will go directly to organizations providing services.



As of mid-June, the fund has paused its grantmaking in order for us to assess the longer-term needs related to the pandemic in partnership with other funders. We will continue to monitor emerging needs from our partners throughout Columbia County. As our community continues to navigate the outbreak and response, we must turn to recovery. While we cannot predict exactly when that will be, we are focusing on building stability for vulnerable residents and the nonprofits that serve them beyond this initial crisis.

Grantee List 

Award amounts vary based on organizational capacity, scope of services provided, community needs and total resources available. As of August 12, we have awarded approximately $303,000 in grants. 

Abode Farm: $5,500 to increase the number of subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for low-income children, families and seniors in New Lebanon, in partnership with schools and nonprofits

Camphill Ghent: $5,000 to purchase non-perishable food for an onsite pantry for its 70+ elderly residents and staff

Coarc, the Columbia County Chapter of the Arc New York: $15,000 for food and nutritional supplements for the 400 individuals with disabilities and their families the organization serves countywide

Columbia Children’s Center: $10,000 for operating support to provide child care and three meals a day for the children of essential workers

Second grant: $15,000 to purchase outdoor equipment for use in providing child care in summer months

Columbia County Recovery Kitchen: $15,000 to purchase healthy ingredients for 500 weekly meals over 12 weeks prepared by volunteer restaurant chefs and delivered to families experiencing food insecurity

Second grant: $5,000 to help produce 950 meals per week for food-insecure residents for six weeks 

Columbia County Sanctuary Movement: $15,000 to provide financial support for immigrant communities to meet basic needs, including medicine, housing, and food, as well as delivery of supplies

Second grant: $15,000 to continue the support described above

Columbia-Greene Community Foundation at Columbia-Greene Community College: $15,000 to provide financial support for students for costs such as tuition, housing, child care and food  

Common Ground Dispute Resolution: $1,080 to purchase Zoom accounts for remote counseling and mediation to families in crisis as a result of sheltering in place, loss of jobs and possible evictions

Friends of Hudson Youth: $12,000 for twice-weekly grocery deliveries to vulnerable families at four public housing sites in Hudson

Second grant: $11,880 for an ambassador program in parks and public places to keep kids without access to structured summer programs safe this summer

Future Hudson: $3,500 to create and implement Hudson Safe, a public health campaign to encourage mutual care and safe behavior in public spaces

The Healthcare Consortium: $15,000 to support its rural transportation service as it adapts to support individuals requiring dialysis and COVID-19 testing, and to deliver food to homebound residents

Hudson Day Care Center - $9,039 to cover salaries and the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing supplies during a period of reduced enrollment 

Ichabod Crane Central School District: $9,000 to provide weekend meals during summer months for approximately 80 families

Kite’s Nest: $13,800 to keep Hudson's only community garden safely open to serve fresh and healthy food to an estimated 200-plus low-income immigrants

The Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties: $10,000 to seed a rent fund and purchase food and grocery gift cards for low-income individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Second grant: $5,000 to provide rent support for low-income individuals and families with lost income.

Third grant: $10,000 for equipment to provide outdoor individual and small group meetings, as well as technology support for virtual meetings

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Columbia County: $5,000 for videoconferencing fees and technical support for its website to promote services for individuals and families

New Lebanon Farmers Market: $7,000 for the Market Match program to double the spending power of families and seniors who are eligible for federal food and nutrition benefits

Second grant: $7,500 to purchase produce and dairy and provide staffing for the distribution of weekly food packages for eight weeks

Perfect Ten: $7,500 to support a six-week summer program with a range of engaging activities for girls aged 8 to 18 in Hudson

ReEntry Columbia: $6,946 to provide food and hygiene products, rental assistance and clothing to parolees, newly released or otherwise justice-involved residents who lack support systems 

Second grant: $14,873 to provide transportation, food and hygiene products, rental assistance and clothing to parolees, newly released or otherwise justice-involved residents who lack support systems

Roe Jan Food Pantry: $3,000 to supply food and toiletries to growing numbers of clients who have lost jobs and are not yet receiving government assistance    

Taconic Hills Central School District: $15,360 to provide one-on-one tuturing through a summer learning program for English as a New Language students 

Rolling Grocer 19: $5,000 to increase its outreach and food distribution to vulnerable populations including children and youth from low-income households and seniors

The Salvation Army of Hudson, NY: $5,000 to provide boxed lunches and delivered meals, as well as diapers and baby formula, to families and seniors 

Time and Space Limited: $5,000 to provide affordable prepared dinners three times a week while its arts programming is halted 

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood: $15,000 to continue providing no-cost or sliding scale health care to its predominantly young, low-income and Medicaid-insured patients through telemedicine and safely delivered in-person services

Second grant: $15,000 to support sliding scale cost structure and telehealth care for patients at the Hudson Health Center 


Our fund has been supported by over 80 generous individual donors, corporations and foundations. Together, they have raised nearly $330,000 for the fund. Contributors of $1,000 or more are listed below. 

BTCF Funds and Donors:
The Community Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
The Fund for Columbia County
Andy Humphrey and Lois Dickson
The Corbin Edsall Fund
Darla Skiermont
Gretchen Stearns and Richard Weininger
Lael Locke/City Child Fund
Laurel Durst
Linda Gatter/Max Dannis Fund
The Mack-Schaefer Charitable Fund
Martha McMaster and Sheldon Evans
Mundy/Coan Charitable Fund 
Peter Frank
Pierce Sioussat/Bioforce USA
Raymond and Judith McGuire Family Fund
Sara and Tony Muoser-Cashen
Shoshana Malfatto
Susan and David Rockefeller
Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger/The Spark of Hudson
Suzette and Seth Masters

Foundations and Business:
Berkshire Bank 
The Dyson Foundation
The Ettinger Foundation
Eugene M. Lang Foundation
The Galvan Foundation
Greylock Federal Credit Union
The Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation
MetzWood Insurance
Price Chopper's Golub Foundation