In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has authorized additional funding for vital human service and youth development organizations in the Greater Capital Region. The Foundation will provide grants of up to $15,000 to qualifying organizations through its COVID-19 Rapid Response grant program.
To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to local organizations that serve individuals and families affected by the pandemic. Among the organizations that have received funding to date are the Hoosick Area Church Association. A COVID-19 Rapid Response grant from the Foundation supported building modifications to the Hoosick Area Food Pantry that allowed the organization to disinfect the food pick-up area more effectively. These changes help food pantry clients and volunteers feel safe using the pantry during the pandemic.
Support was also provided to the Ark, Inc. Summer Enrichment Camp. The Ark offered a much-needed summer camp for low-income families in Troy. The organization faced increased costs associated with cleaning, PPE, and staff training to reduce COVID risk and grant funding helped cover these costs.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany received funding to run several feeding programs in the Greater Capital Region, including large food pantries that serve Albany, the City of Rensselaer, downtown Troy, and the hill towns of Berne, Knox, and Westerlo. In addition, the organization runs a soup kitchen at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center in partnership with several other faith communities. Rapid response grant funding supported the food pantry and hot meals programs offered in Albany and the hill towns.
The Foundation still welcomes applications from organizations within Albany, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. Proposals should demonstrate how the pandemic has resulted in increased costs or lost revenue that threaten the continued program operation.
To apply for a grant, pleased email or call (518-720-0006) the Foundation office. Organizations that previously received funding through the COVID-19 Rapid Response grant program are eligible to apply again and should contact the Executive Director to discuss the funding need.