Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $769,000 in Fall Grants Cycle

12:26PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the third round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Gateway Fund and Pauline Young Music Fund, both of which support projects for students in the North Adams School District.

Arts and Culture: Grants to arts organizations and arts programs in North Adams totaled $17,324. Select grant recipients include: Drury High School ($2,500) to provide a free music camp to students in fifth through ninth grades; E3 Academy ($1,300) for a program that teaches students about the importance of active listening, cooperation and appropriate risk-taking through drumming lessons; Greylock Elementary School ($3,000) to incorporate Garage Band into music courses to teach students how to record and edit compositions; and Albany Berkshire Ballet ($3,024) for students of Colegrove Park Elementary School to attend an interactive performance of "The Nutcracker."

Health and Human Services: Grants to programs providing social and human services totaled $1,960. Grant recipients include: Drury High School ($1,000) for its annual senior citizen’s prom; and Brayton Elementary School ($960) for its empathy awareness workshop, which teaches students to respect people with disabilities and aging-related challenges.

Environment: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation received $350 for all kindergarten students in North Adams to visit Sheep Hill, a former dairy farm now used for environmental education programs and other outdoor activities.

A full list of regional grants can be found online.



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