The Niskayuna Community Foundation (NCF) has announced the recipients of the 2019 grant process. NCF is one of the only philanthropic 501c3 organizations which exclusively serves the Niskayuna community. The mission is to enhance and improve the quality of life in the Niskayuna town and school district through organized philanthropy. The Niskayuna Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
Since its grassroots beginnings nineteen years ago, NCF has distributed over half a million dollars in grants and scholarships. Grants are made possible through donations from community individuals and families.
This year’s grant recipients are as follows:
Concerned for the Hungry – $1,800
To fund the cost of Thanksgiving food baskets for Niskayuna families.
Family and Child Services of Schenectady – $2,500
To provide services for new low-income Niskayuna residents in the Homemaker Program.
Niskayuna Central School District – $1,000
To provide support for the Community and Work Skills Program for students with disabilities.
Niskayuna Soccer Club – $1,000
To fund the purchase of new corner flags for all soccer fields for its annual Soccer Tournament hosted in June.
Niskayuna High School PTO – $1,000
To provide funds for rental of facility for Junior After Prom Party, keeping students in a safe environment.
Girls, Inc. – $2,500
To provide support for approximately 80 to 100 Niskayuna Middle School girls to attend a summit for STEM studies and careers in 2019 at the HVCC campus.
Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, Inc – $2,100
To sponsor Niskayuna children with serious illness for a week at summer camp in the Adirondacks.
Glencliff Elementary School – $2,000
To provide funds to create a Maker Space which is an area where students can gather to create, invent, explore and discover by using and working with tools and materials.
Schenectady Curling Club – $3,000
To provide support toward upgrading the refrigeration system which will help continue its programs serving local residents and youth and also drawing many out of town visitors each year.
Special Olympics New York – $2,500
To provide funds to support the expansion of local training programs for approximately 250 children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities who live in the Niskayuna community.
YWCA of Schenectady – $3,000
To fund programs and services provided to victims of domestic violence who are residents of the Town of Niskayuna
American Red Cross of NENY – $1,100
To support the Home Fire Preparedness Program which will partner with the Niskayuna Fire Department to install new smoke alarms in Niskayuna homes with focus on seniors, lower-income and disabled residents.
National Interscholastic Cycling Assoc. – $1,000
To provide support for the Niskayuna School Mountain Biking Club to get more students involved and better equipped and to offer additional training.
Bus Stop Club, Inc. – $2,000
To provide funding toward a new Bus Stop Club site in Niskayuna which will offer a support program for children who have a sibling with either special needs or a chronic illness.
NCF is pleased to offer grant funding for 501c3 organizations serving the residents of the town of Niskayuna and/or the Niskayuna School District. Applications for the next grant process are due April 14, 2020. We support creative learning opportunities for our students… access to activities for our neighbors with disabilities…families with physical, emotional, and monetary needs…athletics and recreational activities to keep our citizens healthy…the changing needs of our aging population…scholarships for our future leaders.
ABOUT THE NISKAYUNA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Niskayuna Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. As an affiliate, the Niskayuna Community Foundation enjoys the independence of its own volunteer Board of Directors and endowed and operating funds, while at the same time utilizing the administrative and investment expertise of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. For more information, visit their website at niskayunacf.org.