GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Malta Foundation Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

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Travis Bullard, left, and Steven Groseclose of GLOBALFOUNDRIES hold a thank-you sign crated by students at Chango Elementary in Malta with representatives of the school’s Literacy Team Dec. 18, 2013. Photo by Faith Gimzek/The Ballston Journal.

MALTA – Representing the most money given to the greatest amount of recipients yet, the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Malta Foundation awarded 38 non-profit community groups a total of $164,000 in grants Wednesday.

The grants were awarded at a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the David R. Meager Malta Community Center, the third annual event held by the foundation.

David Meager, who served as supervisor of Malta for from 1971 until 2005, now serves on the foundation’s board of directors. Meager joined board members Travis Bullard, Karen Heggen and Steven Groseclose in awarding the grants.

Meager thanked the groups for their help in making the town a better place to live.

“Volunteers are important to the Malta community,” Meager said.

Groseclose, GLOBALFOUNDRIES representative, said in the early 2000s when the company first started working with Malta elected officials like Meager to develop plans to come to town, they promised to become part of the community.

“At that time, it was a very far-off vision,” Groseclose said. “But it has come. It has matured now. We’re all here in the room, as part of the community, just trying to do our best to help out.

The foundation was created as part of the development of the Fab 8 building at the Luther Forest Technology Campus. GLOBALFOUNDRIES contributed a total of $5 million to fund the creation of two charitable foundations – one in Malta and one in the Town of Stillwater.

Both charitable foundations are using the initial $2.5 million corporate contribution, and the annual income earned from the investment of this seed capital, to fund a wide variety of local organizations, programs and projects each year that provide tangible benefits of a public nature to diverse groups serving town residents.

These groups include non-profits and charitable organizations, community arts and theater groups, historical sites, special events, education programs, libraries and sports and recreation activities.

The amount of funding the foundation has contributed has increased nearly two-fold each year. In 2011, the first year of the foundation’s grant distributions, a total of $37,500 was donated to 13 local groups. In 2012, the foundation awarded $60,000 in grants to 23 groups.

Many of the groups that were awarded grants Wednesday have been recipients each year, but there were many new names on the list as well. The grants ranged in amount from $1,000 to $15,000.

One of the largest grant recipients as a single group was the Malta Ambulance Corps., which received $15,000 to fund a new state-of-the-art stretcher, which will make it easier and safer to load patients into the ambulance.

The Malta Veterans Committee also received a $15,000 grant, to help fund 25 guardians to accompany Malta veterans on honor flights to visit their appropriate memorial in Washington, D.C., and to support bands at this year’s Veterans Day parade.

Other notable contributions included $12,000 in total to robotics groups and Parent Teacher Associations in the Ballston Spa Central School District, $11,633 to help install new windows on the east side of the Round Lake Auditorium, and $7,000 to the Malta Sunrise Rotary Club to help fund the second annual Robot Rumble event at HVCC TEC-SMART.

Find a full list of the 2013 GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Malta Foundation grant recipients below.

Reporter Faith Gimzek covers the Town of Malta, Village of Round Lake and the Ballston Spa Central School District. To contact Faith, email [email protected] or via Twitter, @FaithGimzek.  To discuss, log in and comment below.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation grant recipients:

• Ballston Spa Central School District Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund: $6,000 to support robotics competition events.

 Ballston Spa High School PTSA: $2,000 to help fund the safe “After Prom” event in June.

• Chango Elementary Literacy Team: $3,000 to buy nonfiction and informational texts for the Book Room.

• 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.

• 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 to bring an artist or musician into the classrooms.

 Junior Achievement of Northeast NY: $4,200 to fund programs to prepare Ballston Spa Central School District students to succeed in a global economy.

• Luzerne Music Center: $5,000 to fund workshops for 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 to help fund 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.

• Town of Malta 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, D.C. and to support bands at the 2014 Veterans Day parade.

• 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 also received $14,000 in total to be accessed by the groups on an as-needed basis in the event of a crisis situation.

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