First Round of 'What If' Grants Awarded

The Foundation awarded four mini-grants to applicants in the first round of its “What If” grants process. The “What If” grant program is open to residents of Troy and Lansingburgh and supports small projects and programs to make neighborhoods a better place to live and work. Individuals and small grassroots nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding, and individual applicants must apply under a fiscal sponsor relationship with a Rensselaer County-based nonprofit organization.

Grant awards were made to the following projects/programs:

  • F.A.C.E. (For All Children Everywhere) – Grant recipient Jeffrey Moleaky Curry, Jr. (under the fiscal sponsorship of the Commission on Economic Opportunity) received $4,876 to support a basketball program for children ages 5-14 that will be held twice per week from 4-8 pm at the 7th Avenue Geneva Pompey Park in North Central Troy.
  • Generation Gap – Grant recipient Beverly Hickman (under the fiscal sponsorship of Oakwood Community Center) received $2,500 to create an intergenerational connections program between older adults and young adults in North Central Troy.
  • Let’s Feed Troy – Grant recipient Fortune Amase (under the fiscal sponsorship of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region) received $5,000 to create a program to respond to food insecurity in Troy by offering a community meal at the YWCA on weekends.
  • Christmas Stocking Giveaway – Grant recipient the Joy of Troy SDA Church received $3,392 in funding to support the distribution of Christmas stockings to lower income families in Lansingburgh.

The next round of “What If” grant awards will open in March 2024.

The Foundation awarded four mini-grants to applicants in the first round of its “What If” grants process. The “What If” grant program is open to residents of Troy and Lansingburgh and supports small projects and programs to make neighborhoods a better place to live and work. Individuals and small grassroots nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding, and individual applicants must apply under a fiscal sponsor relationship with a Rensselaer County-based nonprofit organization.

Grant awards were made to the following projects/programs:

·         F.A.C.E. (For All Children Everywhere) – Grant recipient Jeffrey Moleaky Curry, Jr. (under the fiscal sponsorship of the Commission on Economic Opportunity) received $4,876 to support a basketball program for children ages 5-14 that will be held twice per week from 4-8 pm at the 7th Avenue Geneva Pompey Park in North Central Troy.

·         Generation Gap – Grant recipient Beverly Hickman (under the fiscal sponsorship of Oakwood Community Center) received $2,500 to create an intergenerational connections program between older adults and young adults in North Central Troy.

·         Let’s Feed Troy – Grant recipient Fortune Amase (under the fiscal sponsorship of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region) received $5,000 to create a program to respond to food insecurity in Troy by offering a community meal at the YWCA on weekends.

·         Christmas Stocking Giveaway – Grant recipient the Joy of Troy SDA Church received $3,392 in funding to support the distribution of Christmas stockings to lower income families in Lansingburgh.

The next round of “What If” grant awards will open in March 2024.

 

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