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Fund for Columbia County - Grants for Community Impact

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Schools and Agencies
for Community Benefit Programs and Activities

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) - Fund for Columbia County

Deadline Date:

03/01/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, schools, public entities, and community groups in eligible locations for collaborative and innovative projects that benefit the local residents Funding may be used for projects that further youth development, economic equity, civic and community engagement, the arts, education, the environment, and health and social services that directly impact the people of Columbia County.

The Fund for Columbia County invites applications for innovative projects and services that have a deep, lasting and positive impact on the residents of Columbia County, with particular emphasis on low-income and/or underserved adults and children.

BTCF welcomes applications from a single organization or collaborative partnerships and believes that organizations can achieve more working together than they can alone, and that collaborations can save resources and make organizations more powerful in their collective focus. 

Review Criteria:

Decisions will be made based on where grants can have the largest impact and leverage. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below.

Community Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service? What needs does it address? Is it a critical program or initiative at this time? How does it engage the community? Does it foster trust and collaborative civic participation?

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.  We believe in projects that develop and maintain community connections and look for organizations that incorporate diverse cultures, philosophies and experiences across their programming.

Caliber: Is the proposal well conceived? Is it innovative and/or creative? Does it involve individuals or organizations with relevant experience? Is it cost effective?

Feasibility: Can the applicant demonstrate the capacity to initiate and successfully complete the project? Will there be appropriate staff members or volunteers involved?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158842

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for one year and range from $500 to $5,000. Requests for larger amounts up to $10,000, and multi-year grants will be considered for projects that show exceptional potential for impact.

Term of Contract:

One-year and two-year grants requests will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are considered from nonprofits, civic entities, schools, and community organizations serving the residents of Columbia County who meet the following criteria:

- In operation as a nonprofit organization for at least one year with 501(c)(3) status or in an established fiscal sponsorship arrangement with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
- Actively engaged in planning for the future
- Able to demonstrate financial resiliency

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.

This program will not fund:
- Annual funds, capital campaigns or endowments
- Expenses that have already been incurred
- Bricks and mortar
- Private operating foundations
- For-profit organizations
- Religious organizations (Please note grants may be made to support non-religious, community focused programs provided through faith-based organizations)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is March 1.

You will be notified by email if your organization received full or partial funding or in some cases, if funding has been denied. Decisions are typically made within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.

How to apply: https://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bReceivebNonprofitsIndividuals/AboutGrantsandScholarships/GrantsHowtoApply.aspx

FAQs: http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bReceivebNonprofitsIndividuals/AboutGrantsandScholarships/GrantsFAQs.aspx

Watch a Registration Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etScRJXC2bE

Watch an Application Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oPa0E3V7uU

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bReceivebNonprofitsIndividuals/SearchApplyforGrants/www.berkshiretaconic.org/nonprofitgrants

Maeve O'Dea, Program Director
Phone: 413.229.0370 x 111
Email: maeve@berkshiretaconic.org

Brandon Williams, Grants Coordinator
Phone: 413.229.0370 x 115
Email: bwilliams@berkshiretaconic.org

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
800 North Main Street
PO Box 400
Sheffield, MA 01257-0400
grants@berkshiretaconic.org

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