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Grants available to help local nonprofits


The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is always trying to extend its reach.

A resource for all things nonprofit, the Community Foundation joined forces with the B'nai B'rith Gideon Foundation last year to offer grant funding to organizations that serve low-income seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents living in Capital Region rental properties.

The foundations are more than halfway through the 2017 competitive grant awards, but there are a number of grants with rolling application deadlines and several funds accepting applications over the summer and into the fall.

"Grants from the Community Foundation fund a wide-range of programs, from basic needs like shelter and food, to cutting-edge medical research and innovative cultural programs," said John G. Eberle, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region president and CEO. "We're always on the lookout for effective nonprofit organizations and programs that can make our region stronger, make people and families healthier, and make life better for residents and visitors."

So far, $300,000 in grant funding has been awarded, including $25,000 to the connectivity project at Daughters of Sarah.

Foundation extends its reach

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The senior community received funds to install Wi-Fi, which allowed it to move to an electronic medical record system, as well as buy and install large-screen televisions for digital communication with residents. The Albany campus also upgraded its existing sound system so hard-of-hearing residents can better hear announcements.

Potential awards range from $1,000 for mini-grants from the Standish Family Fund and the Niskayuna Community Foundation, to $30,000 from the Arnold Cogswell Health Care Fund.

Competitive funding opportunities are also available through the Times Union Hope Fund, the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Hospitality Fund, the Bender Family Foundation, the John D. Picotte Family Foundation and the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation.

Last year, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region awarded more than $4.2 million in grants to nonprofits and scholarships to local students.

Since its creation in 1968, the nonprofit has distributed more than $60 million in funding, which isn't limited to competitive grant applications.

The foundation manages nearly $70 million in assets through 400-plus separate charitable funds and works closely with fund holders and donors to determine how money should be allocated.

Additional grant opportunities are in the works, and the foundation is also building a web-based grant/scholarship application system, to provide grant seekers with a new and more user-friendly online experience next year.

"Many of our competitive grant funds were established by generous individuals and families who wanted to establish long-term, sustainable funding for the programs and services the region and its residents need to grow and thrive," Eberle said. "We're so pleased to be able to honor the intent and legacies of these generous people through our grant awards." @JenSPatterson 518-454-5340

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