The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the recipients of the second round of grants for 2016. The foundation distributed $430,378 to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, $496,786 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and $1.1 million from donors’ funds.
In Dutchess County, the foundation awarded $87,375 from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, $4,036 from Pine Plains’ Sustaining Education Enrichment and Development (SEED), and $9,300 in scholarships for graduating seniors.
The Northeast Dutchess Fund and SEED Fund made education grants to Dutchess Community College, North East Community Center, Stanford Free Library, Clinton Community Library, Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement, Millbrook Early Childhood Development Center, Pine Plains Central School District and Webutuck Central School District.
Scholarships were awarded to Christopher Milano of Amenia, Jennifer Yang of Millerton, Camron Greer of Amenia, and Paul Thomas of Amenia .
The Northeast Dutchess Fund awarded seven grants to organizations that provide health and human services. Food of Life/Comida de Vida Food Pantry, Millerton Adopt-A-Family, Rebuilding Together’s home repair program, The Susie Reizod Foundation’s shoe donation program, Center of Compassion’s backpack program; First Presbyterian Church of Millerton’s free dinners and Millbrook Rotary Foundation’s New Year’s Eve celebration all received grants.
The Northeast Dutchess Fund and SEED Fund awarded grants to NorthEast-Millerton Library for a concert series; Town of Amenia for its dance program, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, for its acting residencies at Millbrook, the Wassaic Project for sound and lighting for its 2016 Summer Festival; Half Moon Theatre for a residency program for fifth-grade students, and Pine Plains School District for a visiting artist’s lecture series.
The Northeast Dutchess Fund awarded a grant to Wassaic Community Farm to support its low-income, accessible farm stand in Dover.