SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants and scholarships in 2021. Schools, nonprofits and students are invited to apply for funding during the winter grants cycle. Apply online at BerkshireTaconic.org/Grants and BerkshireTaconic.org/Scholarships.

FOR SCHOOLS

The committees of Berkshire Taconic’s education enrichment funds are working closely with school communities during these uncertain times. The Chatham Education Foundation will award grants for projects that enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers of the Chatham Central School District, with an emphasis on proposals that support social emotional learning. Applications will be accepted from students, teachers, administrators, parents and members of the community.

FOR NONPROFITS

The Fund for Columbia County’s Grants for Community Impact and Grants for Aging with Dignity provide funding for projects and services that have a deep, lasting and positive impact on the residents and seniors of Columbia County, with particular emphasis on low-income and/or underserved residents. Most grants are for one year and range up to $5,000. Requests for up to $10,000 and multi-year grants will be considered for projects that show exceptional potential for impact. Applications for both grant cycles are due March 1.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applications are due March 1.

The Quailwood Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities with programs that benefit the residents of Red Rock. Grants range up to $10,000. Applications are due March 1.

FOR STUDENTS: SCHOLARSHIPS

The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female residents of the Berkshire Taconic region who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in math, chemistry, engineering or physical sciences. Applications are due March 15.

The Cha-Nel Scholarship Fund supports graduating seniors of Chatham and New Lebanon high schools who are entering their first year at a college or university, as well as prior Cha-Nel scholarship recipients. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded. Applications are due March 15.

The Closson-Raught American Legion Post 1160 Scholarship Fund supports students of Taconic Hills High School with a family member who is currently serving or has served honorably in the U.S. military. Awardees will receive $1,000 annually. Applications are due March 15.

The Dr. Luis A. Jacome Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating seniors of Ichabod Crane High School who are entering their first year at a college or university and have a passion for sports with an interest in health or science. Awardees will receive $2,000 or more annually. Applications are due March 15.

The Emma M. Kirchhofer Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are residents of Columbia County. Recipients may apply to renew their scholarships, up to a maximum of $4,000 over four years. Applications are due March 15.

The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at a conservatory or school of music to pursue a career in classical music. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded. Applications are due March 15.

The Quailwood Scholarship Fund supports residents of Red Rock who have been accepted at a college, university or professional program. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded. Applications are due March 15.

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