Previous Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients

  • Niskayuna High School PTO  – $1,000 to cover Proctor’s rental costs for a safe after prom party.
  • Niskayuna Central School District – Weekend Back Pack Program – $1,000 to provide funding for children and families who on an emergency basis, for various reasons, are unable to provide food and nourishment to their children and/or family.
  • Niskayuna Soccer Club – $1,000 to provide funding for the purchase of equipment for the Niskayuna Soccer Program.
  • Craig Elementary School – $3,300 to provide funding for the School’s blacktop play space, including paint/application of blacktop play space games, and installation of new games (including an adjustable basketball hoop system).
  • Concerned for the Hungry – $2,000 to fund the cost of Thanksgiving food baskets for Niskayuna families.
  • Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP) – $2,500 to assist in funding costs associated with conducting study of the mental health needs of the residents of the Town and the Niskayuna School District; the motivation for implementing this study as the result of multiple suicides occurring among the Niskayuna adult community in recent times.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension (Roots and Wisdom) – $1,000 to provide funding to sponsor two Niskayuna youth to work for six weeks during the summer as part of the Roots and Wisdom Summer Growing Program.
  • MiSci – $5,000 to provide partial funding to defray the cost of Challenger Learning Center missions for twelve sections of sixth grade students attending Niskayuna Middle Schools.
  • Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region – $1,000 to provide funding for a one-day forum for over 100 Niskayuna girls to attend a STEM program.
  • Niskayuna Boosters Club – $1,000 to partially fund the purchase of new fitness equipment for the Niskayuna Fitness Center located at the Niskayuna High School.
  • Van Antwerp Middle School – $1,900 to partially fund the cost of purchasing a heavy duty floor covering for the gym floor for use during assemblies and non-athletic school events.
  • Best Buddies – $500 to provide funding to help match students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers in Niskayuna Schools.
  • Niskayuna Town Playground Camp – $1,000 to provide partial funding to offset the additional staff costs needed to serve special needs children in Town summer playground camps.
  • Niskayuna High School Work and Life Skills Program – $500 to provide funds to help defray the costs of certain program activities and supplies.  The program serves students at the Niskayuna High School and is run by teachers who provide job coaching and life skills training.
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra – $750 to provide funds to a featured musician and former Niskayuna High School graduate to perform at a Schenectady Symphony Orchestra concert to be attended by Niskayuna High School students and families.
  • Family and Child Services of Schenectady, Inc. – $2,500 to provide funds to help pay for in-home services for seniors and other individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
  • Niskayuna High School Rocketry Club – $1,000 to provide funds for materials to participate in a national competition known as Team America Rocketry Challenge.
  • Niskayuna Central School District Office of Student Support Services – $500 to be used to provide emergency holiday assistance to Niskayuna School District families in need; funds to be used for winter outerwear for children and food assistance.
  • NCSD 2015 Holiday Family Support – $500 to assist in providing funds to Niskayuna families who for various reasons are unable to financially provide adequate food and clothing for their family needs.

2014 Grant Recipients

  • Niskayuna High School – $1,000 to the Robotics Club to pay for robot kit parts and software upgrades.
  • Music Mobile, Inc. – $1,000 to support free and accessible “Learning Through Music” sessions featuring group singing, hands-on educational activities, and community building experiences for low and moderate income children
  • Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum – $1,000 to improve the Museum’s traveling exhibits through repair, replacement and enhancement of artifacts and other interactive resources.
  • Girls on the Run Capital Region, Inc. – $2,000 to support two seasons of Girls on the Run programs at two Niskayuna schools.
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra – $1,500 to support Niskayuna High School’s music studio with two of Albany Symphony’s season-long composers in residence.
  • Girls Incorporated of the Capital Region – $1,500 to provide Niskayuna middle school girls the opportunity to participate in the Girls’ Summit, an all-day STEM (science, technology, math and engineering)-based forum for and about girls.
  • Niskayuna Baseball – $1,000 to support the hosting of two local tournaments.

2013 Grant Recipients

  • Class of 2014 After Prom
: $750 to cover Proctor’s rental costs for a safe after prom party.
  • Iroquois Middle School: 
$750 to help pay for 30 laptop computers for interdisciplinary writing projects.
  • Niskayuna Baseball LTD: $300 to support Niskayuna Baseball’s hosting the Mid Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament.
  • Things of My Very Own
: $2,700 to help provide children in crisis, living in Niskayuna, with items necessary for a successful transition to safety.
  • Best Buddies: $1,500 to help support a program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the middle schools.
  • Friends of Niskayuna Rowing: $850 to help pay for radios or flotation devices to support safety standards.
  • Birchwood PTO: $2,500 to help pay for the restoration of the Birchwood Nature Park
  • Glencliff PTO: $2,500 to support the restoration of the nature trails and help create an area for environmental studies.
  • Special Olympics: $1,000 to help support training to enable Niskayuna residents to participate in the NY Special Olympics.
  • Young Musicians Forum: $1,000 to help pay for concerts which bring in young artists from Juilliard to perform for the Niskayuna community.
  • NHS Engineering: $2,300 to help grow and sustain the work of the high school students in the Robotics Club and enable them to mentor middle school students.
  • Haven: $1,650 to help provide bereavement support services to Niskayuna residents.
  • Hillside PTO: $1000 to purchase picnic tables for the Hillside playground, which is also used extensively by the community and by the Town summer camp program.

2012 Grant Recipients

  • Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: $2,000 to help pay for food distribution to low-income Niskayuna residents
  • Concerned for the Hungry, Inc.: $1,000 to help pay for Thanksgiving food baskets in Niskayuna
  • Niskayuna Community Action Program, Inc.: $1,250 to help pay for community substance abuse prevention initiatives
  • Schenectady Museum Association: $1,500 to help pay for informal science education programs in Niskayuna Central School District
  • Town of Niskayuna: $1,000 to help pay for children with special needs to attend Niskayuna Playground Camp in the summer of 2012
  • Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, Inc.: $1,250 to help pay for program material and curriculum to provide the Junior Achievement elementary school programs in the Niskayuna School District
  • Best Buddies New York: $2,000 to help strengthen and sustain the BBNY Niskayuna Area Project
  • Schenectady Theater for Children, Inc.: $900 to help fund the Great Minds Series for Niskayuna students
  • American Red Cross of Northeastern New York:  $1,000 to help fund “Be Red Cross Ready” emergency preparedness training to Niskayuna seniors
  • Niskayuna High School Engineering Technology Department: $1,600 to purchase a VEX Robotics kit
  • St. Helen’s After School Program: $1,000 to help fund the After School literacy enrichment program

2012 Mini-Grant Recipients

  • Bethesda House: $1000 to assist the food pantry to serve hungry and homeless Niskayuna residents affected by the economic downturn
  • Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.: $500 to help subsidize enrollment of low-income Niskayuna seniors
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.: $500 to encourage music appreciation by funding Niskayuna High School student attendance at a concert featuring Anthony Bellino, a Niskayuna High School graduate
  • Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc.: $500 to provide the KidSight™ vision screening program in Niskayuna
  • Niskayuna Baseball League: $300 to support hosting the League Allstar Tournament in the Town of Niskayuna
  • Niskayuna High School Class of 2013: $975 for a rental fee to help fund a safe, substance-free after-prom party

2011 Grant Recipients

  • Concerned for the Hungry: $1,750 for Thanksgiving food baskets for 94 Niskayuna families
  • Environmental Clearinghouse: $1,000 for signs for a nature walk at Niskayuna Library
  • Town of Niskayuna: $1000 for counselors for children with special needs at summer camps
  • Ellis Hospital Foundation: $1,500 for bi-monthly educational programs for seniors
  • Umbrella of the Capital District: $1000 for home repair services for the frail, elderly, and those with disabilities
  • Niskayuna High School: $3000 to build an outdoor science classroom applying conceptual learning to hands-on experiences
  • Town of Niskayuna Recreation Department: $1000 to help provide a healthy activity for over 300 residents of all ages by supporting the Fall Fun Run

2011 Mini-Grant Recipients

  • B’nai Brith: $500 for an exercise program for seniors
  • Roots and Wisdom: $870 to sponsor students to grow food in community garden for low-income residents
  • Wildwood Programs: $300 for landscaping for the Niskayuna Wildwood residence.
  • Niskayuna High School Class of 2012: $800 for the rental of facility for a healthy, safe after-prom party
  • Schenectady Symphony: $750 for tickets for Niskayuna students to attend a special concert

2010 Grant Recipients

  • Hillside Elementary School: $500 to provide funding for the purchase of books for the Leveled Book Library program
  • Town of Niskayuna: $2500 to help defray the costs associated with holding the Niskayuna Fun Run
  • Haven of Schenectady: $1000 to provide financial support to Haven’s ongoing children’s programs, both at Haven and in the Niskayuna schools
  • Best Buddies of New York: $2000 to help match students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers in Niskayuna schools
  • American Red Cross: $1000 to train senior citizens in the Town of Niskayuna in basic emergency preparedness skills
  • Concerned for the Hungry: $1200 to support food programs in Schenectady County for Niskayuna residents
  • Rosendale Elementary School: $1500 to help purchase stage curtains to continue the school’s efforts to bring quality cultural arts to the school community
  • Ellis Hospital: $2000 to deliver a “Lunch and Learn” series to Niskayuna senior citizens to empower them to control health issues
  • Niskayuna Lacrosse Club: $750 to enable the club to purchase needed training equipment
  • Cailin’s Memories: $500 to help fund the program of supporting families who have experienced infant loss
  • Things of My Very Own, Inc.: $500 to help in the purchase of clothing, care items and transportation for clients
  • Schenectady Theater for Children, Inc.: $1800 to bring the Great Minds Series historical presentations to Niskayuna schools
  • Niskayuna High School Junior Class of 2011: $600 to help create a safe environment for after-prom events
  • Young Musician’s Series: $1000 to fund two concerts at the public library
  • Iroquois Middle School: $650 to purchase a new stage lighting controller
  • Jewish Community Center: $1000 to fund a new program for after-school tutoring and mentoring

2009 Grant Recipients

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra, Inc.: $1,500 to provide partial funding to cover the cost of the musician’s school visits for the Niskayuna Adopt A School Program
  • Friends of Niskayuna Rowing: $3,000 to provide partial funding to assist in the purchase of a “coxed-quad” rowing shell for the Community Rowing Program
  • Arts Center & Theatre of Schenectady (d/b/a Proctors Theatre): $1,000 to provide partial funding for the Stories that Dance Project at Hillside Elementary School
  • Concerned for the Hungry, Inc.: $2,000 to provide funding for the purchase of food for the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program
  • Schenectady Theater for Children, Inc.: $1,800 to fund the Great Minds Series performances in the Niskayuna schools
  • Niskayuna High School: $1,000 to provide partial funding for the construction of a memorial courtyard
  • Center for Community Justice: $500 to provide partial funding to expand services in Niskayuna
  • Schenectady Museum Association: $500 to provide partial funding to support the delivery of science education
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.: $500 to provide partial funding to underwrite the classical concert featuring Wei-Jen Yuan
  • Hillside Elementary School: $500 to provide funding for purchase of books for school’s leveled-book library
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Inc.: $500 to provide funding to allow Niskayuna Girl Scouts to attend the STEM Program
  • Town of Niskayuna: $500 to provide partial funding to purchase an Automatic External Defibrilator (AED)
  • Niskayuna 2010 After Prom Party Committee: $600 to fund the rental location for the Junior Class After Prom Party located the GE Theatre and Wright Atrium

2008 Grant Recipients

  • Concerned for the Hungry, Inc.: $1,000 to support the Thanksgiving Food Basket drive.
  • LIVESTRONG DAY 2008: $500 to provide funding for LIVESTRONG DAY 2008
  • The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Inc.: $1,000 to provide partial funding towards the costs of a visitor’s guide to the Center for the Forest Preserve
  • Rosendale Elementary School: $500 to purchase books for the school-level book library.
  • Special Olympics New York, Inc.: $2,000 to send Special Olympics athletes from Niskayuna to Capital Region and state competitions
  • Schenectady Theater for Children, Inc.: $1,800 to provide partial funding for the presentation of the Great Minds Series in the Niskayuna schools or other venues in the town of Niskayuna
  • Schenectady Museum Association: $2,000 for partial funding to develop a new interactive solar and wind power exhibit
  • Niskayuna Co-Op Nursery: $600 for installation of a handicapped ramp and decking for the playground
  • Catholic Charities of Schenectady County: $2,500 to provide assistance with transporting elderly residents of Niskayuna to medical appointments and congregate meal sites
  • Niskayuna Senior Center: $1,500 to purchase the Wii Gaming System and a large-screen television
  • Jewish Community Center of Schenectady, Inc.: $495 to purchase 3 home microscopes to enhance the science program of the JCC summer camp
  • Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.: $ 1,500 to offer subsidies and comprehensive home inspections to low income elderly and disabled homeowners living in the town of Niskayuna
  • Family and Child Service of Schenectady, Inc.: $900 to provide funding for an exercise program for senior citizens at the B’nai Brith House.
  • The Salvation Army: $500 to provide partial funding for the purchase of a 15-passenger bus
  • Friends of the Class of 2009: $650 for location rental for the After-Prom Party
  • Craig Elementary School: $1800 to be used toward the purchase and installation of a climbing wall

2007 Grant Recipients

  • United Way of the Greater Capital Region: $2500 to fund a collaborative project with the Schenectady County Public Library to stimulate early learning and literacy
  • Van Antwerp Middle School: $2500 to support an anti-bullying program in response to teacher concerns
  • Volunteer Physicians Project of Schenectady (Schenectady Free Health Clinic): $2000 to fund necessary, non-narcotic drugs for needy Niskayuna residents
  • Birchwood Elementary PTO: $1900 to provide a basketball system that will serve the physical education needs of K-2 and special needs students
  • Umbrella of the Capital District: $1500 to complete home inspections for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in Niskayuna
  • Glencliff Elementary School: $1500 to help replace the school sound system for use for presentations for students and outside community groups such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Town of Niskayuna Recreation Department: $1000 for furniture for the Senior Center
  • Schenectady Theatre for Children: $1000 to offer the Great Minds Series historical performance in Niskayuna Schools
  • Jewish Community Center: $1000 to be added to donations needed to fund a performance-quality Grand Piano for community programs
  • Niskayuna High School English Department: $1000 for a writer-in-residence program benefiting students from learning-disabled to gifted
  • Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady: $1000 to assist with renovation of the historic Niskayuna Grange Building and former one-room schoolhouse
  • Northeastern Association of the Blind: $880 to offer eye screenings to children in Niskayuna Day Care facilities
  • Niskayuna High School Class of 2008: $600 to rent a facility for a healthy alternative after-prom activity
  • Rosendale Elementary PTO: $500 to support an after-school Spanish enrichment program for 1st and 2nd graders
  • Niskayuna DARE: $500 to sponsor a summer running program encouraging health and fitness in young people
  • Van Antwerp Middle School Drama Club: $500 for a sound system to be used for productions, as well as for other clubs and community groups

2006 Grant Recipients

  • Niskayuna Friends of Music: $1,050 to present a workshop and performances to middle and high school student by South African musician Francois Le Roux
  • Schenectady Theater for Children, Inc.: $1,500 to underwrite the performances of the Great Minds program in the Niskayuna School District.
  • Friends of the Class of 2007: $600 to help fund a healthy alternative after-prom activity.
  • Van Antwerp Middle School: $475 to fund the middle school project to help critically ill children at the Double H Ranch
  • High School English Department: $1,500 to continue the Writer in Residence program
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.: $3,000 to provide in-school mentoring and shared stands concert between the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and the Niskayuna High School orchestra
  • Catholic Charities of Schenectady County: $1,000 for the Family Counseling Program to provide clinical counseling to residents of the Niskayuna community
  • Craig Elementary School PTO: $3,000 to install and create an outdoor learning and event area in the school court yard
  • Volunteer Physicians Project of Schenectady, Inc. (D/b/a Schenectady Free Health Clinic): $2,500 for necessary, non-narcotic drugs for Niskayuna residents
  • Challenger Learning Center of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.: $1,050 to help off-set the capital costs of acquiring and installing custom-built state of art space simulators and mission control equipment
  • Rosendale Elementary School PTO: $1,200 to expand the Leveled Book Library and provide more students with access to more reading materials that will meet each student’s need and interests
  • Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.: $1,000 to provide subsidies and comprehensive home inspection to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners living in the Niskayuna town and school district
  • Hillside Elementary School PTO: $1,000 to fund safer, updated playground equipment at Hillside School
  • Niskayuna Safe Routes Committee: $500 to purchase tee shirts for participation in the Ride to School Day
  • Caitlin’s Memories, Inc.: $655 to fund the Caitlin’s Memories Project at the Bellevue Woman’s Hospital
  • Van Antwerp Middle School: $475 to fund the middle school project to help critically ill children at the Double H Ranch
  • Friends of the Class of 2007: $600 to fund a safe, healthy alternative for the junior class post-prom celebration.

2005 Grant Recipients

  • Jewish Community Center: $3,000 tor the early childhood playground facilitating outdoor activity and exercise for increasing numbers of young daycare and after school children
  • Birchwood PTO: $1,030 to purchase and install Adaptive Swing Set for handicapped children
  • Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks: $3,800 to purchase computers and video equipment for historic preservation
  • Niskayuna Lacrosse Club Inc.: $3,000 to assist in the purchase of safe equipment for an expanding community-based program
  • Niskayuna Drama Club: $1,000 to be used toward the purchase of a light system at the Little Theatre in the Niskayuna High School
  • Town of Niskayuna Recreation Department: $1,000 to purchase handicapped equipment at the town pool
  • Niskayuna High School PTO: $2,100 to purchase one display case to recognize and encourage academic achievements
  • Niskayuna Day Care: $2,000 to purchase equipment and to assist with the ongoing needs for expansion and improvement of the facility
  • Niskayuna English Department: $1,500 to support the High School “writer-in-residency” program
  • Bellevue Hospital: $897 to assist with a nine-week educational program

2004 Grant Recipients

  • Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, Inc.: $3,500 to purchase a PowerPoint system to facilitate informational and educational presentations to schools and community groups
  • WIRO-Iroquois Middle School: $3,000 to purchase new equipment to help keep this student-run television station operating
  • Niskayuna Friends of Forensics: $1,100 for a second year of a speech and debate program at both Niskayuna middle schools
  • Niskayuna Youth Court: $500 for program offering a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for first-time offenders where they are tried and judged by their peers
  • Glencliff School PTO: $3,200 to replace cross county ski equipment used for gym classes, the after school program, and Cub Scout troops
  • Schenectady Theatre for Children, Inc.: $1,600 to help underwrite the Great Minds program at the Niskayuna Library with live actors portraying such characters as Mozart, Einstein and Beethoven
  • Young Musicians Forum: $1,600 to provide funding for two concerts, offering an opportunity for young professional musicians to perform in public as well as providing concerts for Niskayuna residents
  • SAFE Inc.: $1,000 to help create an Educational and Recreational Center for homeless, runaway and/or throwaway youth, providing an alternative to street life
  • Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM): $1,000 to provide emergency groceries through the food pantry to Schenectady County families and individuals in need
  • Proctors Theatre: $1,000 to fund a dance residency program at Rosendale School
  • Class of 2006: $600 to fund a safe, healthy alternative for the junior class post prom celebration.
  • Van Antwerp Middle School: $400 to underwrite a program for Niskayuna youth to help the Double “H” Hole in the Woods Camp
  • Niskayuna Youth Basketball: $500 to assist in the purchase of basketball equipment
  • Jewish Community Center: $1,000 to be used for the early childhood playground

2003 Grant Recipients

  • Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, Inc.: $2,500 to be used for the construction of a new educational nature trail along the Mohawk River
  • Friends of Niskayuna Crew Club: $3,500 to be used toward the costs to replace the existing docks at the Aqueduct Park
  • WIRO-Iroquois Middle School: $3,840 to be used to purchase new television equipment including a new camera, VCR and title maker for the Iroquois student-run television station
  • Niskayuna Friends of Forensics: $1,100 to be used for the creation of a new after-school speech and debate program for both Iroquois and Van Antwerp middle schools
  • Niskayuna Community Action Program (NCAP): $1,600 to be used for operating expenses for the President’s Student Service Challenge Program, a national program which encourages and recognizes community service by youth and adults
  • Niskayuna Soccer Club: $1,200 to be used for field improvements to provide for safer facilities
  • Niskayuna Youth Court: $3,800 to be used for operating expenses and training for this program offering a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for first time offenders where they are tried and judged by their peers
  • Niskayuna Friends of Music: $1,200 to be used for a new music appreciation program for elementary-age school children
  • Niskayuna Branch of the Schenectady County Public Library: $1,200 to be used for the funding of an adult and family program series