Niskayuna Foundation offers extra funds in anniversary year

Since 2000, the organization has distributed more than $500K in awards, grants and scholarships
Contents of “Alpha Bags,” a Craig School program funded by the Niskayuna Community Foundation, are shown.
Contents of “Alpha Bags,” a Craig School program funded by the Niskayuna Community Foundation, are shown.

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To mark its 20th anniversary this year, the Niskayuna Community Foundation (NCF) will offer an additional $20,000 for a total of $50,000 in available grant funds for 2020.

The foundation invites local nonprofit organizations to apply for the 2020 grant cycle by visiting its website for guidelines and applications. The grant application deadline has been extended to April 30.

“There’s no better way to celebrate the Niskayuna Community Foundation’s 20 years of giving, than to give even more,” said NFC Board President Mike Breault. “Thanks to our generous donors over the years, we are able to offer additional grant support in 2020 for programs that make Niskayuna a better place for everyone.

“We are especially mindful of how the developing impact of COVID-19 on our community will likely increase the demands on nonprofits that serve our residents,” Breault added. “We encourage these organizations to apply for grant funding.”

Among the options:

  • Full grants — traditional single grants that range from $1,000 to $10,000 and are awarded in June.
  • Mini-grants — for organizations that need funding now, NCF offers mini-grants under $2,000 awarded on a more immediate basis.

Foundation grant funding is offered to organizations serving the residents of the Town of Niskayuna and-or the Niskayuna School District. Of the funds available, no single grant may exceed $10,000.

To be eligible for any funding, the applicant organization must:

  • Qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization according to IRS guidelines.
  • Operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Be sponsored by the Town of Niskayuna or the Niskayuna School District.

Foundation officials say the group places the highest priority on projects that address significant community issues. Grants are awarded in the following fields: Health and human services; arts and culture; community development; conservation; historic preservation and recreation.

Grants may also be made for capital projects including equipment purchases.

Interested groups are asked to visit NCF’s website at for guidelines and applications.

Grant applicants will be notified in June 2020 regarding the status of their application. People with questions can contact [email protected].

The NCF was founded on Dec. 31, 1999, to enhance the quality of life in Niskayuna by maximizing resources to the greatest benefit of the community.

Over the past 20 years, the NCF has provided more than 350 scholarships, awards, and grants, totaling more than $500,000 to Niskayuna students and teachers, and to organizations that improve life for town residents.

The foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. As an affiliate, the NCF maintains its own volunteer Board of Directors and endowed and operating funds, while at the same time utilizing the administrative and investment expertise of the Community Foundation.

If friends of NCF are interested in leaving legacy gifts to the organization, they are asked to contact Cindy Phillippe at 518-374-0326.

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