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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 include:  A. B. Shaw Fire Company, Inc, Accord Fire District, Albany County Historical Association, Albany Medical Center Foundation, Altamont Fair, Alzheimer's Association - Hudson Valley Chapter, Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York, Animalkind, American Legion Mohican Post 983, American Legion Post 184, American Red Cross - Northeastern New York Region, ARC of Ulster-Greene, Art School of Columbia County, Arts Society of Kingston, Ashland Historical Association, Inc, Athens Cultural Center, Bard College, Basilica Hudson, Benedictine Health Foundation, Berne Fire District, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Greene County Region, Bridge Street Theatre, Cairo-Durham Central School District, Cairo Historical Society, Camphill Ghent, Cancer Assistance for Parents Inc, Capital District YMCA, Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Catskill Community Center, Catskill Educational Foundation, Catskill Elks Lodge #1341, Catskill Glee Club, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc, Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation, Catskill Public Library, Catskill Tri-County Historical Views, Catskill United Methodist Church, Catskill Wheelhouse, Chatham Animal Haven, Inc, Chatham Fire Department, Chatham Kids Club, Chatham Lions Club, Chatham Rescue Squad, Children's Museum of Science & Technology, Claverack Library, COARC, Columbia County Agricultural Society, Columbia County Chamber Foundation, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, Columbia County Mountain Bike Alliance, Columbia County Office for the Aging, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Columbia County Youth Theater Inc, Columbia Greene Umpire Association, Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation, Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Columbia Land Conservancy, Columbia Opportunities Inc, Common Ground Dispute Resolution Inc, Community Action of Greene County, Inc, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, Community of Windham Foundation, Community Partners of Greenville, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties, Cottekill Fire District, Cultivate Catskill, Denizen Theatre, Earlton Fire Department, East Kingston Vol. Fire Co., Inc., FarmOn! Foundation, FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Fortnightly Club of Catskill, Friends of Beattie-Powers, Friends of Clermont, Friends of Copake Grange #935, Inc, Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, Friends of Hudson Youth, Friends of Little Ones, Inc, Friends of the Cairo Public Library, Friends of the Tracy, Friends of the Woodstock Library, Gateway Community Industries, Inc., Germantown Central School District, Germantown Hose Company #1, Germantown Library, Germantown Lions Club, Ghent Volunteer Fire Company #1, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Good Cause Theater Company, Inc, Good Work Institute, Green Tech High Charter School, Greenbush Reformed Church, Greene County Aging Services Foundation, Inc, Greene County Council on the Arts, Greene County Historical Society, Greene County Women's League Cancer Patient Aid, Greene County Agricultural Society Youth Fair, Greene Land Trust, Greenport Fire District, Greenville Central School - Scott M. Ellis Elementary School, Greenville Educational Foundation, Greenville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc, Grow It Forward Greenhouse Project, Inc, Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, Inc, Harmony Project, Hawthorne Valley Association, Healing a Woman's Soul, Inc, HealthAlliance Foundation, Heermance Memorial Library, Hillsdale Economic & Community Development Corp, Historical Society of Woodstock, Hope Full Life Center, Hudson Area Library, Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, Hudson Business Coalition, Hudson Children's Book Festival, Hudson City School District - Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, Hudson Day Care Center, Hudson Dollars for Scholars, Hudson Festival Orchestra, Hudson Flag Day Parade, Inc, Hudson Hall, Hudson Jazzworks, Inc Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration, Hudson Valley Choral Society, Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, Hudson Valley Senior Residence, Hudson Valley Vengeance Baseball Team, Hunter Foundation, Hurley Heritage Society, The Hurley Library, Ichabod Crane Riders Marching Band, JCL Memorial Scholarship, Jewish Family Services of Ulster County, Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Kingston Land Trust, The Kingston Library, Kingston YMCA Farm Project, Kiskatom Volunteer Fire Department, Kiwanis Kingston Classic, Leeds Hose Company No. 1 Inc, Livingston Free Library, Livingston Pumper Company, No. 1, Inc, Lomontville Fire District, Louis F. Payn Foundation, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Matthew 25, Medway-Grapeville Fire Company, Mellenville Volunteer Fire Company, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene, The Middle Fort Pipe Band Inc. (Pipe and Drum of Greene), The Millay Colony for the Arts, Morris Memorial Association, The Mountain Top Arboretum, The Mountain Top Historical Society, Mountain Top Library, My Kingston Kids, Neighbors of Northern Columbia County, New Baltimore Antique Machinery & Agricultural Festival, New Lebanon Central School District, North Chatham Free Library, Northeast Regional Land Trust, Inc., Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion Association, Northern Catskill Youth Association, Northern Columbia County Pop Warner, Northern Columbia Little League, NY Havoc AAU Program, O Positive Festival, Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Inc,  Olana Partnership, Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, Our Community Cares, Palenville Fire Department, Inc, Palenville The Hamlet, People's Place, Philmont Public Library, Planet Arts, Playground Golf Foundation, Prattsville Art Center, Prattsville Hose Company, PS21, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, Ravena Rescue Squad Inc, Red Hook VFW Post 7765, Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, Rensselaerville Library, Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Round Top Volunteer Fire Co. Inc, Roving Actors' Repertory Ensemble, Inc, Sean's Run Firefighter 5K, Secret City, Senior Projects of Ravena, The Society of New Concord, South Cairo United Methodist Church, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, STARS Intergen, Stephen Petronio Company, Stockport Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Taghkanic Fire Company No. 1, Inc, Tannersville Area Health Committee, Thomas Cole Historic House, Town of Ancram, Town of Chatham, Town of Copake, Town of Esopus Library, Town of Gallatin, Town of Hurley, Town of Livingston, Town of New Baltimore, Town of Red Hook, Town of Stuyvesant, Town of Ulster Public Library, Town of Westerlo Public Library, TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc., Trinity United Methodist Church, Tri-Village Fire Company, Inc, Twin County Recovery Services, Inc, Ulster Community College Foundation, Ulster County Habitat for Humanity, Ulster County Italian American Foundation, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Valatie Free Library, Volunteer Firemen's Hall & Museum of Kingston, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, West Hurley Fire District, No. 1, West Hurley Public Library, Westerlo Hometown Heroes, Wizard's Wardrobe, Women's Expo at St. Theresa's, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock Farm Festival, Woodstock Museum, Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society, Inc, and Zadock Pratt Museum.

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.  

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