Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Grants of up to $2,000 to Putnam County, New York nonprofits to build organizational capacity and support the local community. Funding may be requested to support specific programs and services, efforts to improve organizational stability, equipment purchase, and staff and board professional development activities.
The Foundation will focus its grant making on applications that address the following funding priorities that build the capacity of organizations and the community, including but not limited to:
-Support of programs and services; whether delivered independently or collaboratively
-Initiatives that support organizational sustainability; such as the development and implementation of programs, services and related educational materials that generate self-sustaining resources. Requests must be directly related to the organization’s mission
-Equipment to improve office operations and/or program delivery
-Professional development for staff and/or board members (excluding travel expenses)
Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
-Quality of Program/Project: Does the organization adequately describe the program/project and what it wants to accomplish? Does the organization present a clear and realistic plan for implementation, complete with specific activities and a timeline?
-Capacity and Stability of the Organization: Does the organization appear to have the capacity to carry out the proposed work? Do they have previous experience with this type of program/project or do they demonstrate previous organizational or leadership accomplishments? Does the organization appear to be functionally and financially stable?
-Budget and Additional Support: Is the program/project budget clear and realistic? If this is an ongoing program/project, is there a reasonable plan for future funding? Is there evidence of support from other funders, or in-kind support for projects that require significant financial support?
-Impact/ Results: How will this program/project make a difference to the target population and/or to the broader community? How significant is the program/project? Will the outcome be finite or of broad impact to the community? Will it provide a one-time benefit or a long-term impact? Is the program "change-oriented", addressing root causes rather than immediate needs?
-Reaction & Perceptions: Is there a sense of excitement or intrigue about this program/project? How important or timely is the issue the program/project addresses? What is the ripple effect of funding or not funding?
GrantWatch ID#: 174945
Grants made through this program will not exceed $2,000.
The following organizations are eligible to apply for grants:
1. Tax-exempt organizations located in Putnam County, New York
2. Tax-exempt organizations providing services to residents of Putnam County, New York (organizations must be able to clearly document the number of residents in Putnam County being served).
Please note that grants are not given to support:
-Underwriting of special events
-Capital project expenses such as design and labor. Material expenses may be considered.
-Travel and lodging expenses related to professional development/ training
-Shipping expenses related to the purchase of equipment
-Fundraising campaigns, such as endowment, capital or annual campaigns
-Projects related to partisan politics or elections
-Schools – However, grants may be made to support student/teacher community service programs targeted to assist community needs or for professional development opportunities at schools targeting disadvantaged populations
-Religious organizations. However, grants may be made to support non-religious programs provided through these institutions
-Expenses that have occurred prior to the expected announcement dates of the grant awards
One application cycle will be offered annually in the fall.
Applications must be submitted by October 1st. Awards will be announced in December.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs
In Dutchess & Putnam Counties
80 Washington Street, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
USA: New York: Putnam County