Foundation seeking charity applicants that help children for fall 2018 grants

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

Over the past five years the Foundation has awarded over $7.8 million. “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, chair 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 non-profit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts. 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 area nonprofit organizations totaling $1.4 million were awarded in 2017: $250,000 to the Adirondack Historical Association for the Adirondack Experience exhibit; $250,000 to the Albany Medical Center Hospital for the Pediatric Emergency Department; $150,000 to Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Inc. for the replacement of the gazebo stage; $125,000 to Double H – Hole in the Woods Ranch Inc. for various capital improvement projects; $100,000 to Glens Falls Hospital Inc. towards the Computerized Tomography Simulator for the C.R. Wood Cancer Center; $75,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady for the Quackenbush facility; $50,000 to The Hyde Collection Trust for the Transformation: The Feibes & Schmitt Project; $50,000 to Cafe Lena Inc. for renovations and repairs; $37,500 to Hudson River Music Hall Productions for the purchase of the concert sound system for The Strand Theater Revival; $30,000 to the Dollywood Foundation for the Imagination Library Program in the New York counties of Essex, Clinton, Franklin and Hamilton; $25,000 to the village of Lake George for the Shepard Park Amphitheater improvements; $20,770 to the Indian Lake Central School for the performance space updating; $20,000 to the Sunnyview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center Foundation for the purchase of a functional electrical leg and arm stimulation cycle; $15,220 to the Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps for the purchase of one Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation device; $15,000 to Silver Bay Association for Christian Conference and Training for the Open Pathways Summer Camp, youth scholarship, and after school programming; $13,725 to the Ticonderoga Central School District. Essex County, for the Ticonderoga area backpack program; $13,000 to the Ellis Hospital Foundation Inc.’s expansion and enhancement of mental health services for adolescents; $12,500 to Keene Valley Neighborhood Services Inc. for the purchase of a new transport van; $12,500 to North Country Ministry for their 25th anniversary campaign; $10,000 to Haynes House of Hope Inc. to create a four-season sunroom; $10,000 to X-Quest Inc. for shower and plumbing improvements for the Getting Clean Program; $8,200 to Glens Falls Area Youth Center Inc. for flooring replacement; $7,500 to Special Olympics New York for the summer state games; $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks for school-based mentoring; $7,500 to the Mentor Connector for the Foster Care Mentoring Program; $6,000 to Families First in Essex County Inc. for the 2017 Summer Camp at Southwoods; $5,000 to the Albany Jewish Community Center for Early Childhood Center security initiative; $5,000 to Bus Stop Club Inc. for Camp Week; $5,000 to Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association for the Lunch, Learn and Play program; $5,000 to Lake George Opera Festival Association Inc. for Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist program; $5,000 to Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council for the upgrade of the Lapham Gallery lighting system; $5,000 to the town of Johnsburg Library for solar panels on the library building roof; $5,000 to Camp Bravehearts — an Oncology Camp for Women; $5,000 to Parsons Child and Family Center for Camp to Belong-New York; $4,855 to Little Theater on the Farm for the barn restoration; $4,570 to Adirondack Folk School for refit and expansion; $4,272 to Caritas Inc. for the Volunteer Recruitment and Training-Public Outreach programs; $3,500 to Amorak Youth Home Inc. for Hudson Falls Heroes program; $3,260 to NYSARC Inc. for the Autism Expo and Art Exhibit and Sibshops programs; $3,000 to North Country Healthy Heart Network Inc. for bike helmets, education materials, and props for the Franklin County Safe Routes to School program; $2,800 to Glen Falls Operetta Club for the sponsorship of the fall presentation of “Oliver”; $2,743 to the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra for the purchase of stand lights; $2,500 to Champlain Children’s Learning Center for playground upgrades; $2,500 to the Adirondack Shakespeare Company for Co-Curricular Educational Tours: Academic Year 2017-2018; $2,500 to Adirondack Treks Inc. for the Johnsburg Youth Committee 2017-2018 school year field trips; $2,500 to Mercy Care for the Adirondacks Inc. for the Eldercare program; $2,300 to Adirondack Mountain Club for the snowshoes for three seasons at Heart Lake School outreach; $2,000 to Camp TLC for Camp Moki; $2,000 to Castleton Community Seniors Inc. for SCAMP Summer Camp for Children; $2,000 to the Pember Library and Museum for the children’s programs.

In addition, $15,235 was granted in smaller denominations to benefit various other regional 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 $155,800 were given for the summer and holiday seasons of 2017 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.