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Charles R. Wood Foundation Announces 2016 Grant Application Deadlines

The Charles R. Wood Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from IRS approved 501(c)3 organizations whose projects or programs assist children, healthcare or the arts in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Eligible applicants are invited to visit the website www.charlesrwoodfoundation.com to submit an online application by April 1, 2016 for consideration at the spring meeting of Trustees. The next subsequent deadline will be September 1, 2016 for consideration at the fall meeting.

Over the past five years the Foundation has awarded nearly $7.5 million dollars. “We are so pleased to be able to invest in such worthwhile projects. From the smallest soup kitchens to the larger capital projects, we are committed to investing in children, healthcare and the arts in our geographical focus area”, states Charlene Wood, Chairperson and Trustee.

Charles R. Wood established the Foundation that bears his name in 1978 to provide assistance in areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts. Mr. Wood, founder of Storytown USA, the present-day Great Escape Theme Park, the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp for critically ill children and numerous other endeavors and businesses in the area, died in September of 2004 leaving the majority of his estate to the Charles R. Wood Foundation.

The following grants to area nonprofit organizations totaling over $1.6 million were awarded in 2015:

  • $250,000 to the Adirondack Historical Association for the Adirondack Experience exhibit;
  • $150,000 to the Fort Hudson Nursing Center for the Facilities Reinvestment Plan;
  • $125,000 to Glens Falls Hospital as a challenge grant for The Cancer Center Pharmacy Relocation and Upgrade project;
  • $125,000 to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital as a challenge grant for the Investment in Healthcare Excellence Campaign;
  • $101,500 to Double H – Hole in the Woods Ranch, Inc. for various capital improvement projects;
  • $100,000 to the Charles R Wood Theater, Inc. as a matching grant for the NeighborWood Campaign;
  • $100,000 to the Dollywood Foundation for the Imagination Library Program in Essex, Clinton, Franklin and Hamilton counties;
  • $50,000 to the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation for the campaign to build the Lake Placid Health and Fitness Center;
  • $50,000 to the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center for the National Ballet of China program;
  • $50,000 to the Center for Disability Services toward replacement of HVAC units at the Prospect School in Queensbury;
  • $45,000 to the Warren Washington Association for Mental Health for a new roof for the East Side Center;
  • $30,000 to the Sunnyview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center Foundation for the purchase of wheelchairs for the Neuro-Rehab Institute;
  • $25,000 to the Wildwood Foundation for Camp Wildwood renovations;
  • $25,000 to Springfield Hospital for Childbirth Center ultrasound equipment;
  • $20,000 to Pendragon Theatre for replacement lighting;
  • $20,000 to the Adirondack Theatre Festival for the Children’s Dinner Theatre and Cabaret Stage;
  • $15,000 to the Silver Bay YMCA for scholarship needs;
  • $15,000 to VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region for the Pediatric High-Tech program;
  • $11,000 to the Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library for internet wiring;
  • $10,500 to Indian Lake Theater for Health and Safety related capital costs;
  • $10,020 to the Ticonderoga Central School District for the BackPack program;
  • $10,000 to Keene Valley Neighborhood Services for the elevator modernization project;
  • $10,000 to Parsons Child & Family Center for the NY Camp to Belong program;
  • $10,000 to Camp Bravehearts for the Women’s Oncology Camp;
  • $8,000 to Community Work and Independence for one ceiling lift system;
  • $7,500 to Special Olympics New York for the 2015 New York State Fall Games Competition;
  • $7,500 to World Awareness Children’s Museum for Phase 1 of the Basement Repair and Renovation;
  • $7,500 to Mercy Care for the Adirondacks for the Aging in Place program;
  • $7,500 to WMHT Educational Telecommunications for The Story of Charles Wood Documentary;
  • $7,500 to the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton & Franklin for the Community Action Angels’ BackPack program;
  • $7,000 to Comfort Food of Washington County toward the purchase of a van for the Mobile Food Pantry;
  • $6,000 to West Glens Falls Emergency Squad for four AED units;
  • $5,000 to The Salvation Army – Glens Falls Corps. for the Comprehensive Emergency Assistance program;
  • $5,000 for the Children’s Museum of Saratoga capital campaign;
  • $5,000 to the Lake George Opera Festival Association Inc. for the Young Artist Program;
  • $5,000 to the Vermont Foodbank for the Rutland Distribution Facility Refrigeration unit;
  • $5,000 to the Lake George Association for the Youth Watershed Education program;
  • $3,700 to NYSARC for the February Break Program and Sibling Support Group programs;
  • $3,500 to the Vermont Humanities Council for the Never Too Early program;
  • $3,000 to The Depot Theatre for the upgrade to the IT systems;
  • $2,935 to the Little Theater on the Farm for the 10th Anniversary Upgrade project;
  • $2,500 to Glens Falls Operetta Club for the Community Theatre 80th Anniversary Year program;
  • $2,500 to the Weston Playhouse Theatre for the 2015 School Matinee program;
  • $2,000 to the Agricultural Stewardship Association for the Farms, Food and Photography for Kids program;
  • $2,000 to Castleton Community Seniors for the SCAMP Summer Camp;
  • $2,000 to the Champlain Children’s Learning Center for Safety and Health upgrades;
  • $2,000 to the Hubbard Hall Projects toward the cost of one student participant in the Opera Theater;
  • $2,000 to Essex County Historical Society toward the conservation of the Arto Monaco collection;
  • $1,830 to the Under the Woods Foundation for the cost of camper busing;
  • $1,500 to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Co. to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator;
  • $1,500 to the Adirondack Center for Writing for the high school writing retreat, a
  • $1,500 for the Knights Arena Community Playground at Charlton Heights Elementary School.
  • In addition, $7,300 was granted in smaller denominations to benefit various other not-for-profit organizations.

The Charles R. Wood Foundation also recognizes the increased need for food supplies in the area’s food pantries. Grants amounting to $150,400 were given for the summer and holiday seasons of 2015 to pantries in the Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties of New York and Bennington, Rutland and Windsor counties of Vermont.

Information about grant applications can be obtained online at www.charlesrwoodfoundation.com, by calling 800.839.1821, or by writing to: Charles R. Wood Foundation, c/o Foundation Source, 55 Walls Drive, Suite 302, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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