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Northeast Dutchess Fund

Grant Guidelines


As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Northeast Dutchess Fund committee has decided to focus on organizations meeting the needs of our neighbors caused by the effects of the pandemic. The committee understands that trusted nonprofits need financial support now to sustain services, plan for future challenges and provide ongoing programs for all residents in our region. While the fund has traditionally supported projects and programs, this one-time opportunity will provide unrestricted general operating support to help established nonprofits continue to achieve their mission and impact and allow for planning and recovery. These grants are flexible and allow funds to support an organization's ongoing administrative and infrastructure costs and to maintain existing and effective programs.


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


The Northeast Dutchess Fund was formed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2002 to build a charitable endowment that would support nonprofit organizations in Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic and Wingdale.

The fund is an ongoing resource that works across town borders to support innovative projects and services for the maximum benefit of the residents of these towns, with particular emphasis on low income and/or underserved adults and children. 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.


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/gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief. We believe in projects that develop and maintain community connections and look for organizations that incorporate diverse cultures, philosophies and experiences across their programming.


Grants usually range up to $3,000, with requests up to $10,000 considered for exceptional projects. Capital 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 complete, and before any future applications are submitted to the Northeast Dutchess Fund for funding. Interim reports may be required for multi-year grants. The Northeast Dutchess Fund strives to ensure the most effective programs and services for the grants awarded.


Emergency grants of up to $1,000 may be awarded to organizations on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Northeast Dutchess Fund Committee. Please submit a one-page letter of inquiry to outlining the nature of the crisis and projected use of funds. Further information may be requested by Berkshire Taconic before a decision is made.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor provides emergency assistance for local residents who are in economic distress. Neighbor-to-Neighbor makes small grants (up to $1,000 during the response to COVID-19) to help those with overdue utilities, medical bills, short-term housing costs and transportation problems. Checks are written to the vendor (landlord, utility company, pharmacy or mechanic) on behalf of the community member in need. The funds are not intended for long-term or ongoing assistance, but for strategic intervention to help achieve a measure of stability and avert further crises. To apply for a N2N grant, contact social service agencies who can submit an application on your behalf.


Applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the Northeast Dutchess Fund Committee. This committee is comprised of residents of northeast Dutchess County who are active in community affairs. The selected recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below:

  • 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?
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Priority will be given to projects serving marginalized, underserved and under-resourced populations, including communities of color, low-income, geographically isolated, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, refugees and immigrants.


Up to $10,000


April 23

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