The Charles and Carole Bryant Generation Grants Program
The founders of Bryant Asset Protection, the late Charlie and Carole Bryant, raised their four children in Delmar, NY. The Bryant family has always been active in community affairs. Charlie and Carole made certain that their now-grown children understood the importance of gratitude, family, and community.
Jeffrey and Mark Bryant want to honor their parents’ principles by giving back to the local community through a series of quarterly grants, of up to $1,000 each, that result in community improvements.
Charles and Carole Bryant Generation Grants are available to fund worthwhile community projects in the local area. Ideas for funding can be submitted by local residents or civic groups and are selected on a quarterly basis for grants from Bryant Asset Protection. There are no restrictions on the nature of the awards so long as the ideas result in a positive benefit for the community. All are welcome to apply or to nominate an individual or a group conducting or planning a worthy civic project.
Since the 1st award in October of 2010, awards have gone to a variety of local community improvement organizations; each of which serve not only their local areas, but also others in the greater Capital area and beyond. They include:
- Victims of the First Street Rensselaer, NY Fire in April of 2018 - Five apartment units were destroyed along with the belongings of the residents. A check was mailed to each unit family. (Rensselaer, NY)
- Pine Hollow Arboretum - A nonprofit corporation and certified by the NYS Education Department, founded in 1966 by John W. Abbuhl, M.D., is a home to thousands of trees in their natural environment. (Slingerlands, NY)
- Grassroot Givers - A Nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and located in the heart of Albany holds an annual "A Day of Simple Giving" volunteer charity event to create and assemble care packages that go directly to low income individuals and families (Albany, NY)
- Friends of the Voorheesville Playground - The replacement of the current 25 year old playground, the new playground will be built in the Spring of 2018 entirely funded by donations. (Voorheesville, NY)
- YMCA - Bethlehem Branch - A charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. (Bethlehem, NY);
- Thacher Park Center - The center will showcare the spectacular nature setting and will include high-quality educational exhibits and an orientation station. (Voorheesville, NY);
- The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region - Children's Fund
- The Cue Theatre, Inc. - a not-for-profit Educational Lab Theatre with a mission to provide a safe space for students (ages 5 and up) to learn all facets of Theatre Arts (Delmar, NY);
- Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy - A nonprofit conservation organization working to preserve the distinct natural, scenic, agricultural and cultural landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys - for all to enjoy (Delmar, NY);
- Voorheesville Community & School Foundation - building a pavilion at the head of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail (Voorheesville, NY);
- Friends of Five Rivers - provides the public an opportunity to learn about and explore nature at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (Delmar, NY);
- Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) - Formed in 1924 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region. (Albany, NY)
- Northeast Kidney Foundation - Dedicated to preventing kidney disease and enhancing the lives of all affected, the foundation provides services to patients, family members, the general public and clinical and academic professionals throughout the Northeast (Albany, NY)
- Friend of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation - a collaborative partner with the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department, working to protect, enhance and expand its recreation activities and parks to improve the quality of life for all residents (Bethlehem, NY);
- Woman's Club of Albany - Through various fundraisers, the Club donates about $10,000 annually to local charities serving women and children (Albany, NY);
- Voorheesville Elementary School Spirit/Character Team - Pursues was of maintaining character education, bullying prevention, and an overall awareness of the importance of being a positive citizen within our local and global community (Voorheesville, NY);
- Bethlehem Youth Court - A unique volunteer opportunity for high school volunteers who are trained to conduct Youth Court hearings (Bethlehem, NY);
- Mission of Mercy - A week long event held through the NYS Dental Foundation to provide access to free dental care for individuals with little or no dental coverage (Troy, NY);
- Flashes of Hope - Helps children battling cancer feel better about their changing appearance and at the same time creates a lasting treasure for their family (Albany, NY chapter);
- Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless - Provides emergency shelter, services and advocacy for homeless people to maximize their self-sufficiency (Albany, NY);
- Things of My Very Own - Provides impoverished children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect with crisis intervention services (Glenville, NY);
- First United Methodist Church - Contribution to the Hurricane Relief Fund for local families in 2011 (Voorheesville, NY);
- Capital District YMCA - Contribution to the Reach Out for Youth 2013 Campaign (Albany, NY);
- Free Medical Clinic at Capital City Rescue Mission - Free on-site medical clinic to address episodic, primary care for the poor and uninsured (Albany, NY);
- To Life! - Women's health and advisory group (Delmar, NY);
- STARS Intergen - Community education and social support group (Ravena, NY);
- Peppertree Rescue - Dog rescue and adoption center (Albany, NY);
- Schoharie Recovery- Organization assisting local flood and storm victims (Schoharie, NY);
- Voorheesville After School Enrichment- Educational enrichment and exploration program (New Scotland, NY);
- Community Caregivers- Local group assisting in the coordination of volunteer services for the elderly and others (Guilderland, NY);
- American Red Cross- National program; funds provided for Hurricane Sandy destruction (National);
- Mendelsohn Club - Local men's choral and music education society (Albany, NY); and
- Friends of the Rail Trail- Local community environmental group which reclaims abandoned property for public recreation (Bethlehem, NY)
If you know of a worthwhile local community effort or if you represent a group or are an individual who would like to be considered for a grant, please see our nomination form below.
Please contact Bryant Asset Protection with any questions you may have at 439-1141, extension 114 or via our contact form.