OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region supports health, children and families, arts, education, environment, science, technology, medicine, and people with disabilities in a ten-county region around Albany, New York.
FUNDING AREAS: Health, children and families, arts, education, environment, science, technology, medicine, people with disabilities
IP TAKE: There are many different funds to get to know here, so contact the foundation for guidance about which one is most relevant to a nonprofit’s operations.
PROFILE: Established in 1968, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (CFGCR) is a community foundation based in Albany, New York. This funder has over 400 charitable funds and is governed by a board of directors and a team of local experts from diverse backgrounds. It also has community partnerships that include the Alliance for the Creative Economy and the Capital Region Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Partnership. It funds local efforts related to health, children and families, arts, education, environment, science, technology, medicine, and people with disabilities.
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has multiple funds that award grants through a competitive process. Each of these funds has its own eligibility requirements, deadlines, and guidelines. For example, Community Foundation Impact Grants prioritize people with disabilities, classical music, and programs that benefit the residents of Amsterdam, New York. Other funds have specific geographic requirements or focus on various aspects of health or education. A few of these funds include the Arnold Cogswell Health Care Fund, the Barry Alan Gold Memorial Fund, and the Bender Family Foundation.
Grants range between about $1,000 and $25,000, however each fund awards differently sized grants. In a recent year, CFGCR awarded over $5 million to more than 1,400 local nonprofits. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the CFGCR blog. Grantmaking focuses on the ten counties of the Greater Capital Region in New York, which are Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington counties. Past local grantees include the Albany County Department of Health, Albany Housing Coalition, and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The funder lists upcoming grant deadlines on its website, and many of these deadlines occur in the spring and fall seasons. CFGCR uses an online grants application to accept electronic applications. Direct general questions to the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-446-9638.
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