Fund for Columbia County – Grants for Senior Services

Fund for Columbia County - Grants for Senior Services

Grant Guidelines


Nonprofit organizations, public entities or community groups that improve the quality of life for Columbia County residents.


To help strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for all residents in Columbia County, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation established the Fund for Columbia County in 1999. The fund serves as a permanent resource to help make life safer, healthier, fuller and more enjoyable for residents of the county.

Through its grants to nonprofits and civic entities, the fund supports projects in the arts, education, environment, preservation, health and social services that directly impact the population of Columbia County. The Fund for Columbia County invites applications from nonprofits working in the above categories.


Proposals are considered from organizations (nonprofits, municipalities, community organizations) serving the residents of Columbia County. Organizations providing services in Red Rock should apply to the Quailwood Fund. An organization may only submit one request to one of these funds in an annual grant cycle.

In 2019, there is a separate application process for grants for community impact.  An organization may apply to either or both grant processes.

Community groups may apply using a nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent.

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.


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 this year 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 goals 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.   


Grants of up to $5,000 are available to a limited number of applicants. Applications for projects spanning two years are eligible for funding up to $10,000. 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.

This program will not fund:

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


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.

  • 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?
  • Quality: Does the project meet the goal? Is it the right time for this project? Does it involve qualified individuals or organizations? Is it well conceived? Is it cost effective?
  • 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 the staff/group capable and stable enough to perform the tasks necessary to complete the proposed project?


Up to $5,000 for a limited number of applicants
Up to $10,000 for projects spanning two years


March 1

How to Apply

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