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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation gives grants to 34 Columbia County non-profits

Jul 22, 2010 7:12 pm
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that 34 nonprofit organizations in Columbia County have been awarded grants from two of its area funds: the Fund for Columbia County and the Quailwood Fund. The Quailwood Fund provides grants for the Red Rock area and the Fund for Columbia County serves the entire county. The Fund for Columbia County awarded $35,595 to 30 organizations:
Animalkind, Inc.: $1,000 to subsidize the cost of pet care, including spaying/neutering, emergency care and vaccination.
Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties: $1,000 to support the Emergency Assistance Program, which helps individuals and families access emergency resources.
Chatham Synagogue: $1,000 to construct a handicapped-accessible pathway that provides all members with access to the synagogue’s outdoor space.
Clarion Concerts in Columbia County: $500 to build a website that educates the community about the organization and provides information about upcoming musicians & concerts.
Clausson Raught Community Rescue Squad: $1,000 for NFPA 1584 compliant equipment, which prepares medical staff to relieve injuries at fire scenes.
Columbia County Community Health Care: $1,250 for “Assuring Your Wishes,” an online Healthcare Proxy registry established by the Partnership in Palliative Care, which provides discussions about end-of-life issues.
Columbia Memorial Hospital: $1,000 for a renovation project which provides the Stephen Menkes Child Advocacy Program with adequate space to accommodate the program’s increase in children’s services.
Concerted Effort, Inc.: $2,000 for the Bringing Literacy to Life project, a long-term partnership between John L. Edwards Elementary School and the Hudson Opera House, which promotes learning through the arts.
Copake Fire Company No. 1: $950 to develop a Firefighter Assistance and Safety Team.
FASNY Museum of Firefighting: $1,000 to develop an educational component for the museum’s website, including a virtual tour.
Family Resource Centers of Columbia County: $670 to produce new program brochures.
Friends of Historic St. Peter’s Fund: $1,000 to fund restoration work on the St. Peter’s Church building.
Friends of the Chatham Public Library: $1,500 for archival supplies to preserve and organize the library’s local history collection.
Friends of the First Presbyterian Church: $1,000 to repair and restore three stone pilasters at the First Presbyterian Church.
Friends of Taconic State Park: $500 to develop a major donor campaign.
Girl Scouts Hudson Valley Council, Inc.: $1,400 for adult learning opportunities which enable volunteers to help local girls build skills, knowledge and confidence to meet challenges, attain goals, and advocate for change.
Hawthorne Valley Association, Inc.: $2,300 to develop food system and resource maps, which will strengthen collective understanding of the food systems in Columbia County.
Hudson Day Care Center, Inc.: $1,500 for quality curriculum and materials.
Hudson Opera House: $1,750 for Open Studio, a free weekly arts workshop serving at-risk children and teens.
Malden Bridge Community Center: $1,000 to insulate the Malden Bridge Community Center building.
Mental Health Association of Columbia: $875 to recruit and train new volunteers for a 24-hour hotline that provides services to survivors of interpersonal violence.
The Nature Institute, Inc.: $1,000 to provide the community with no-fee educational programs and events.
New Lebanon Library: $1,200 to support diverse, educational programs for all age groups, including programs exploring literature, nature, music and world cultures.
The Olana Partnership: $1,000 for an art exhibition about Frederic Church and the American Civil War.
Operation Unite NY: $1,000 for a series of visual, performing and craft workshops for youth.
Performance Spaces for the 21st Century: $1,000 for “Celebrating Our Town,” a performance program which celebrates small town life.
Philmont Public Library: $2,200 to assist in furnishing the library’s newly constructed Cultural Center.
Roeliff Jansen Community Library: $1,000 to facilitate a series of workshops for teens which explores the graphic novel genre and provides an opportunity to create original work.
Town of Austerlitz: $1,000 to hire a preservation consultant who will assist in preserving the town’s historic structures and resources.
Walking the Dog Theater: $2,000 to support theater events that inspire, entertain and build community.

The Quailwood Fund awarded $8,800 to four organizations:
Canaan Conservation Club: $2,000 to install energy-efficient vinyl siding.
Columbia Land Conservancy, Inc.: $2,500 to support public access improvements at the Schor Conservation Area, which provides the community with recreational opportunities through hiking trails, a fishing pond, and a picnic area.
Red Rock Historical Society: $2,300 to restore and paint three plaster walls inside the Red Rock Historical Society’s building.
Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company: $2,000 to assist in the purchase of high-band VHF communications equipment.

The Fund for Columbia County and Quailwood Fund are overseen by a committee of local residents who review grant applications and award grants based on excellence of the project or service, its impact on the organization or community and the ability of the organization to carry out the project. The next deadline for grant applications for the Fund for Columbia County and Quailwood Fund is April 1, 2011. Applications are available online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/grantseekers or by calling Berkshire Taconic at 413.528.8039. Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities and improves the quality of life for all residents of Berkshire County, MA; Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, CT. Berkshire Taconic connects donors with causes they care about by administering and investing their charitable funds. Thanks to its generous donors, in 2009 Berkshire Taconic distributed nearly $7 million in scholarships and grants for programs in the arts and education, health and human services, and environmental protection. Berkshire Taconic is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
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