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.  Grants are awarded based on eligible requests received. The deadline for submitting requests is January 15 every year.

To date, we have contributed over $2.5 million in support of our communities!

Charitable Foundation Board Members 2.5 Million Celebration

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

Catskill Commons — June 2023

Catskill Commons Charitable Organizations And-Hof Animal Sanctuary for Farm Animals, Athens Cultural Center, Athens Street Festival, Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill Educational Foundation, Catskill Glee Club, Catskill Local Development Corporation, Catskill Public Library, Catskill United Methodist Church, Columbia Greene Umpire Association, Common Ground Dispute Resolution, Community Action of Greene County Inc., Create Council on the Arts, Cultivate Catskill, The Fortnightly Club of Catskill, Friends of Beattie-Powers, Greene County Aging Services Foundation, Inc., Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, Hyer Ground Rescue, Kiskatom Volunteer Fire Department, and Thomas Cole Historic House

Coxsackie — August 2022

Coxsackie Charitable 2022 And-Hof Animals Sanctuary for Farm Animals, Catskill Elks Lodge #1341, D. R. Evarts Library District Inc., Earlton Fire Department, Friends of New Baltimore Recreation Inc., Greene County Historical Society Inc., Greene County Sheriff's Office, Greene Land Trust, Heermance Memorial Library, Hope Full Life Center, Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Association, Justice for Orphans, Medway-Grapeville Fire Company, Ravena Rescue Squad Inc., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District, STARS Intergen and the Village of Ravena.

Chatham — August 2022

Chatham Charitable 2022 Alan Devoe Bird Club Inc., Art School of Columbia County, Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Camphill Ghent, Canaan Historical Society, Canaan Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Chatham Animal Haven Inc., Chatham Fire Department, Chatham Kids Club, the Chatham Lions Club, Chatham Rescue Squad Inc., Chatham Rural Cemetery Association Inc., Church Street Preschool, Columbia County Agricultural Society, Columbia County Associates of Town Superintendents Inc., Columbia County Fire Advisory Board, Columbia County Fire Chiefs' Association Inc., Columbia County Recovery Kitchen, Columbia County Youth Theater Inc., Columbia Land Conservancy, Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, Family Resource Centers of Columbia County, Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Friends of the Tracy, Hawthorne Valley Association, High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Hudson Jazz Works Inc., Ichabod Crane Central School District, Lafayette Chemical Company/Valatie Volunteer Fire Department, The Lily Pond Animal Sanctuary and Gardens, Louis F. Payn  Foundation, Lucky Rehabilitation Center, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Mellenville Volunteer Fire Company, Morris Memorial Association, Neighbors of Northern Columbia County, North Chatham Free Library, Northern Columbia County Pop Warner, O.K. Kinds Inc., Our Community Cares, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Red Rock Historical Society, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company, Rolling Grocer 19, Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company #2, Town of Chatham, Tri-Village Fire Company, Valatie Community Theatre Inc., Valatie Free Library, Valatie Santa Clause Club, Valatie Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ghent Post #5933, Inc.

Greenville — August 2022

Greenville Charitable 2022 Organizations receiving grants at the Greenville branch were the Community Partners for Arts Around Greenville, Freehold Art Exchange, Friends of Conkling Hall Inc., Greene County Agricultural Society Inc (Greene County Youth Fair), Greenville Educational Foundation, Greenville Volunteer Fire Company Inc., Rensselaerville Library, Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department, Westerlo Public Library, and the Westerlo Hometown Heroes.

Copake — July 2022

Copake Charitable 2022
Copake Lake Conservation Society, Free Columbia, Friends of Copake Grange #935, Inc., Hillsdale Economic & Community Development Corp., Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, The Two of Us Productions/RARE, Inc., Taconic Hills Central School District, Taghkanic Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Town of Copake, Town of Gallatin, and the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society

See Grant History