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Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

The Bank of Greene County is proud to support local communities through grants and volunteer work.  In 1998, we created a Charitable Foundation, which coordinates funding for non-profit groups such as institutions, schools, and other community organizations.

To date, we have contributed more than $1.5 million in support of our neighbors! Grants are awarded based on eligible requests received.  Requests are accepted each year between December 1 and January 15.

March 2020

Donald Gibson, President & CEO of the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation stated:

“The impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on our community are far reaching and continuing to develop.  Local non-profit organizations often rely on public events such as Galas, Auctions, Dinners, and many other fundraising events…many of which have been either postponed or cancelled.  In response, we are providing $250,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations to help support their short and long term viability through this crisis. Funds will be released as early as next week to the local non-profits who had previously applied to the Foundation. Our goal is to have the entire $250,000 disbursed by the end of April.  We have deep roots in our community and are proud to assist during this challenging time.”

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Donald Gibson (President & CEO), Martha Keeler (VP Marketing Director), and Stephen Nelson (EVP, Chief Lending Officer)


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Foundation Board – total of $1.5 million in donations!

Applying for a Grant

The Foundation accepts formal grant requests between December 1 and January 15 each year. These grants support:

  • Education
  • Health and wellness
  • Social and civic services
  • Culture and the arts
  • Housing for low and moderate income individuals

To learn more about the grant request process, including required submission materials, view our guidelines below.

Guidelines for Grant Requests

Recent Grant Recipients

2020 Grant Recipients — March 2020

2020 Grant Recipients will be listed soon.

Catskill Commons — August 2019

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Charitable Foundation Recipients in Catskill Commons

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill Community Center, Catskill Educational Foundation, Catskill Elks Lodge #1341, Catskill Glee Club, Catskill Little League, Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation, Catskill United Methodist Church, Civil Air Patrol Vanguard Composite Squadron, Columbia Greene Umpire Association, Common Ground Dispute Resolution, Community Action of Greene County, Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, Cornell University Cooperative Ext. of Columbia & Greene Counties, Cultivate Catskill, Durham Center Museum, Freehold Vol Fire Co., Greene County Aging Services Foundation, Greene County Council on the Arts, Greene County Rural Health Network, Healthcare Consortium, JCL Memorial Scholarship, Kiskatom Volunteer Fire Department, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts, Matthew 25 Food Pantry, Northern Catskill Youth Association, Planet Arts, Saugerties Pro Musica, Second Baptist Church, Thomas Cole Historic House, Twin County Recovery Services, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Sullivan-Teator Post 770.  

Kingston — July 2019

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Charitable Foundation Recipients in Kingston

Accord Fire District, ARC of Ulster-Greene, Arts Society of Kingston, Benedictine Health Foundation, Boy Scouts of America - Rip Van Winkle Council, Breast Cancer Options, Cancer Assistance for Parents, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Circle of Friends for the Dying, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Cottekill Fire District, Denizen Theatre, Department of Regional Art Workers, East Kingston Vol. Fire Co., Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, Girls Inc. (YWCA of Ulster County), Good Work Institute, HealthAlliance Foundation (Kingston Hospital Foundation), Hurley Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Hudson Valley Seed, Hudson Valley Senior Residence, Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Kingston Land Trust, Kingston Library, Kingston YMCA Farm Project, Kiwanis Kingston Classic, Lomontville Fire District, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Northeast Kidney Foundation, O Positive Festival, People's Place, Phoenicia United Methodist Church, Saugerties Animal Welfare Fund, Sawkill Volunteer Fire Co., Spring Lake Fire Department, Sunrays, Inc., Take Me Home Pet Rescue, Town of Esopus Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Town of Hurley, Town of Ulster Public Library, Ulster County Community College Foundation, Ulster County Habitat for Humanity, Ulster County SPCA, and Volunteer Firemen's Hall & Museum of Kingston.

Copake — July 2019

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Charitable Foundation Recipients in Copake

Animalkind, Clauson Raught Community Rescue Squad, Copake Community Service, First United Methodist Church, Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Roving Actors' Repertory Ensemble, and Town of Ancram.

Tannersville — July 2019

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Charitable Foundation Recipients in Tannersville

Adaptive Sports Foundation, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Community of Windham Foundation, Hunter Foundation, Mountain Top Arboretum, Mountain Top Historical Society, Mountain Top Library, Palenville Fire Department, Palenville The Hamlet, Tannersville Area Health Committee, Village of Tannersville, Women's Expo at St. Theresa's, and Zadock Pratt Museum.  

See Grant History