Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Awards $132K to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (CFHV) is pleased to announce that its Community Grants program has awarded $132,000 to nonprofits in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties. The program invests in local nonprofits with operating, program and capacity building support.

“Community Grants are funded by the community, for the benefit of the community,” said Sally Cross, President and CEO. “And when a community comes together for the greater good, even the smallest gift can have a lasting impact. Donor support of this program is truly an investment in the strength of this community. We are enormously grateful for the generosity that made this year’s grants possible.”

“Nonprofit partners across the region continue to build up our community in a variety of ways, regardless of challenges and increased demands,” said Cristin McPeake, Vice President of Programs.  “We are thrilled to have the support necessary to make awards that ensure the continuity of their critical work.”

Among the recipients of the 2021 CFHV Community Grants is the Putnam History Museum (PHM). Cassie Ward, Executive Director of the museum said: “Funding through the CFHV Community Grants programs has made a meaningful impact at the PHM by enabling us to enhance and expand the museum’s library historical research services and public history projects in recent years. By providing greater access to historical research and history-related projects, in-person and online, the CFHV grant funding significantly helps the PHM to better serve the community in relevant, modern ways.”

The Community Foundations’ staff and board of trustees are pleased to award Community Grants to the following organizations:

Grants in Dutchess: Common Ground Farm, Community Family Development, Inc., Community Matters 2 Inc., Dutchess County Historical Society, Dutchess County Pride Center, Exodus Transitional Community, Grace Smith House Inc., Howland Chamber Music Circle, Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Inc., NAMI Mid-Hudson, North East Community Center, RDC Loaves and Fishes Inc., Red Hook Responds, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Amenia Union NY, Unshattered, Willow Roots Inc.

Grants in Putnam: Camp Herrlich, Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, Desmond-Fish Public Library, Ecological Citizen’s Project, Land to Learn, Philipstown Aging At Home, Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub, Inc., Philipstown Depot Theatre Inc., Putnam History Museum, Second Chance Foods

Grants in Ulster: Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Land to Learn (Hudson Valley Seed), Library at the AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Center, People's Place, Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Inc., Pine Hill Community Center, Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, TMI Project, Underground Foundations, Voice Theatre, YWCA of Ulster County
About The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
For more than 50 years, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has been a driving force of philanthropy in the region. Administering more than $100 million in assets, we work with donors to provide grants and scholarships, establish endowment funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes, and collaborate with government, private foundations and local leaders to address current and emerging needs. Learn more at

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