The GlobalFoundries-Town of Malta Foundation on Wednesday handed out a record $164,000 to 38 community organizations, ranging from fire companies to school groups.
One of the largest awards, $15,000, will pay expenses for guardians to accompany aging World War II veterans from Malta on Honor Flights to their war memorial in Washington.
David Wallingford, chairman of the town’s Veterans Committee, said he knows of a dozen World War II veterans in the town interested in going when flights resume in May.
GlobalFoundries-Town of Malta Foundation grant recipients:
• Ballston Spa Central School District Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund: $6,000 to support robotics
• Ballston Spa High School PTSA: $2,000 to help fund the Safe After Prom event in June 2014
• Chango Elementary Literacy Team: $3,000 to buy nonfiction texts
• Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County: $5,244 to provide financial support for printing and distribution of material to increase awareness of domestic violence
• Dunning Street Rural Cemetery Association: $3,000 to help fund repair projects for fallen and tilting monuments and gravestones
• Eastline Romp & Play Dog Park: $1,500 to help fund an entrance sign for new dog park
• Fire Companies of Malta: $3,000 to help fund a new sign for the shared substation now being constructed in Parade Ground Village
• Gordon Creek Elementary School PTA: $2,000 to fund an artist in residency program
• Junior Achievement of Northeast NY: $4,200 to fund programs to prepare Ballston students to succeed in a global economy
• Luzerne Music Center: $5,000 to fund workshops for town of Malta music students
• Malta Ambulance Corps: $15,000 to fund a new stretcher that makes it easier and safer to load patients into an ambulance
• Malta Avenue School PTA: $2,000 to help fund PTA events
• Malta League of Arts: $2,000 for performing arts education
• Malta Ridge Cemetery Association: $3,000 to repair and reset fallen and tilting monuments and gravestones
• Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co.: $3,000 to purchase new rehabilitation equipment to treat heat stress at the scene of a fire
• Malta Seniors: $1,000 for a day trip to the Mac Hayden Theater
• Malta Sunrise Rotary Club: $7,000 to support the second annual Robot Rumble competition
• Malta West Ridge Cemetery Association: $3,000 to repair and reset fallen and tilting monuments and gravestones
• Rebuilding Together Saratoga County: $6,000 for home repairs for needy Malta residents who are elderly, low-income, disabled or a veteran
• Round Lake Auditorium: $11,633 to fund the repair and replacement of windows and improvements to doors
• Round Lake Hose Co.: $3,000 to help fund updates to computers and other equipment
• Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball League: $5,500 to add bleachers and replace equipment shed at the Round Lake Baseball Field
• Rugrunners Robotics Club: $6,000 to support the Shenendehowa High School FIRST Robotics team
• Saratoga Art: $1,500 for art scholarships
• Saratoga Bridges: $6,423 to support the creation of a podcast radio station, WSBR, the voice of Saratoga Bridges
• Saratoga County Historical Society: $4,500 to support Reaching Out to Malta, a free program about the town’s history
• St. Peter Lutheran Church: $3,000 to purchase food for the Malta Community Center for distribution to needy families
• The Children’s Museum of Saratoga: $1,500 to install a cubby system with new learning materials that relate to scientific principles
• Town of Malta Trails Committee: $5,000 to help fund maps of Malta trails and connections to the regional trail system
•Town of Malta in partnership with Round Lake Library: $1,000 to purchase 10 backpacks and nature discovery supplies
• Spotlighters Theater Troupe: $5,000 to help fund additional lighting equipment in the Malta Community Center
• Town of Malta Veterans Committee: $15,000 to help 25 guardians accompany Malta veterans on Honor Flights to Washington
• Town of Malta Youth Commission: $4,000 to help fund four free family activities
• The Angel Names Association, Camp Abilities Saratoga, Jake’s Help from Heaven, Taylor’s Heroes and the Tears Foundation received money to be used to assist local families if a crisis arises
One local veteran went to the World War II Memorial last October, “and he was like a little kid in a candy store,” Wallingford said.
The veterans fly free, he said, but guardians traveling with them to provide assistance must pay for their flights between Albany to Washington. The grant will cover their expenses.
The Partnership in Education Fund, which oversees seven robotics teams in the Ballston Spa Central School District, received a $6,000 grant to help with a regional robotics competition Ballston Spa is hosting in February and other expenses.
“It will absolutely make a difference,” said Diane Irwin, the district’s robotics team advisor. “The entire program is funded through corporate, foundation and private donations, outside of the school budget.”
The $164,000 the foundation awarded this year is the most it has given out in its three years of existence, as this was the first full year in which it had a $3 million endowment. It gave away $37,500 in 2011 and $60,000 last year.
The foundation uses $3 million in funding provided by GlobalFoundries under an agreement with the town. Going forward, it will distribute its investment income each year, expected to be about $150,000 a year, said foundation President Steve Groseclose.
The foundation is part of GlobalFoundries’ efforts to be part of the local community, said Groseclose, who oversees real estate and environmental compliance for the computer chip manufacturer. The foundation board includes two GlobalFoundries representatives, two town appointees and one person agreed to by both parties.
“It was set up to be an independent entity,” Groseclose said.
Former town Supervisor David R. Meager, another foundation board member, said the awards will do lots of good in the community.
“You can see a lot of lives being touched in a meaningful way,” he said.
The village of Round Lake will use an $11,633 grant, another of the bigger awards, to repair and replace windows on the east side of the historic Round Lake Auditorium.
The auditorium at the heart of the village, which opened in 1885, contains a unique Ferris tracker organ. Village officials are seeking to have the auditorium declared a National Historic Landmark, even as they continue to address age-related structural issues.
Round Lake Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks said the repairs being funded by the foundation will start as soon as possible, with the goal of finishing by spring.
“It’s hard enough to preserve an old building without the rain and snow getting in,” she said.
The Honor Flights program and the Malta Ambulance Corps received the largest grants, at $15,000 each. The ambulance corps will use the money to buy a state-of-the-art stretcher that will make it easier and safer to load patients into an ambulance.
Meager said the grant recipients were selected from among nearly 100 organizations that applied for money.
The grants are awarded once a year, in December.