Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $180,000 to Columbia County Nonprofits

The Fund for Columbia County, one of nine Area Funds of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has announced the 2024 recipients of its annual Grants for Community Impact program. The Fund awarded $180,425 in this cycle, funding 40 Columbia County nonprofits.

The grants will support projects that further youth development, services for the elderly, economic equity, civic and community engagement, arts and cultural programming that focuses on community engagement, education, the environment, and health and social services that directly impact the people of Columbia County.

The grantees are:

  • Ancram Center for the Arts (Formerly Ancram Opera House)
  • Ayni Herb Farm
  • Beautiful Racket
  • Bindlestiff Variety Arts
  • Center For Regenerative Ecological Education & Enterprise Development
  • Chatham Public Library
  • Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market
  • Claverack Free Library
  • Coarc
  • Columbia Childrens Center
  • Columbia County Habitat for Humanity
  • Columbia County Recovery Kitchen
  • Columbia County Sanctuary Movement
  • Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition
  • Columbia Pathways to Recovery
  • Common Ground Dispute Resolution
  • Family Resource Centers of Columbia County
  • FASNY Museum of Firefighting
  • Flying Deer Nature Center
  • Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood
  • Harmony Project Hudson
  • High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center
  • Hillsdale Safe at Home Committee
  • Hudson Area Association Library
  • Hudson City School District
  • Hudson Hall
  • Kinderhook Memorial Library
  • Kite's Nest
  • Literacy Connections
  • New York Folklore
  • North Chatham Free Library
  • Perfect Ten After School
  • Philmont Public Library
  • PS21/Center for Contemporary Performance
  • Reentry Task Force of Columbia County
  • Roeliff Jansen Community Library
  • Super Stories
  • The Canary Project
  • The Sylvia Center
  • Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

For the first time, the Fund for Columbia County granted requests for general operating support for previous grantees. Part of a trust-based philanthropy approach, grants for general operating support provide flexible funds for nonprofits to direct as they best see fit, which increases equity within the Fund’s grantmaking.

In addition, the Fund designated $40,000 for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor initiative, which provides one-time grants to residents in crisis, and $25,000 for Planning and Technical Assistance grants.

About the Fund for Columbia County

Berkshire Taconic established the Fund for Columbia County in 1999 to help strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for the residents of Columbia County, N.Y. The Fund serves as a permanent resource to help organizations create and implement programs that make life safer, healthier and more equitable.