Fund for Columbia County – Grants for Senior Services

Fund for Columbia County - Grants for Aging with Dignity

Grant Guidelines


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation established the Fund for Columbia County in 1999 to help strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for everyone in Columbia County. The fund serves as an ongoing resource to help organizations inspire, create and implement programs that make life safer, healthier, more productive and equitable for residents of the county.

Recognizing the significant needs of seniors in our communities, the Fund for Columbia County established a separate program of Grants for Aging with Dignity in 2018.


Knowing that there is a growing senior population in Columbia County and that seniors with access to a coordinated network of health and social services, along with opportunities for community engagement and employment, are more likely to age with maximum health and dignity, we welcome applications that focus on building a healthy, fully engaged older citizenry that ultimately benefits all generations and the entire community. We seek to support projects that create or enhance a deep, lasting and positive impact on seniors in Columbia County, with particular emphasis on low-income seniors.  

Examples of eligible projects that this funding may support:

  • Providing access to the county’s most vulnerable seniors to essential services and benefits that meet their basic needs and promote their physical, mental and financial health and well-being.
  • Connecting and engaging seniors with each other, their neighborhoods and community resources.
  • Maintaining seniors’ independence and autonomy to avoid premature or unnecessary institutionalization.   

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Proposals are considered from organizations (nonprofits, civic entities, community organizations) serving the residents of Columbia County.

Organizations providing services to non-seniors should apply to the Fund for Columbia County's Grants for Community Impact.

Organizations providing services in Red Rock should apply to the Quailwood Fund.

Community groups may apply under the fiscal umbrella of a nonprofit organization.

Neither the Fund for Columbia County nor Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation supports 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.


Most grants are awarded for one year and range from $1,000 to $5,000. The fund will consider larger requests for multi-year grants.

This program will not fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Bricks and mortar
  • General operating expenses
  • Debt reduction
  • Expenses that have already been incurred
  • Programs with religious purposes


An assessment of the project’s outcomes will be required once the program or service funded is completed and before any future applications are considered. An interim report will be required  for multi-year grants.

The Fund for Columbia County’s goal is to insure the most effective programs and services for the grants and dollar amounts given.


Applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the Fund for Columbia County advisory committee. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below. Decisions will be made based on where the fund’s grants can have the largest impact and leverage.

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

  • Quality: Is it well conceived?  Is it the right time for this project?  Does it involve qualified individuals or organizations? Is it cost effective? Does the project meet the goal?
  • Extent of Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service on the community? How does this engage the community? Does it address a need in the community? Is it a critical program or initiative at this time?
  • Innovation: Is the project creative? Is it innovative?
  • Feasibility: Can the applicant complete the project? Does the applicant exhibit a demonstrated capacity to initiate and successfully execute this project? Are the appropriate staff members or volunteers involved?  Is there sufficient individual and organizational capacity to perform the tasks necessary to complete the proposed project?


$1,000 to $5,000

The fund will consider larger requests for multi-year grants


March 1

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