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Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces New Round of Hospitality Grant Recipients


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ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) announced today the recipients of their second round of Education Foundation Hospitality Grants, designed to support nonprofit organizations located in Albany County.

The grant fund, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, was established in October 2012 to promote Albany County as a tourism destination through the support of programs and charitable activities that will help build and sustain the county's tourism infrastructure, and promote Albany as a destination. Grant parameters encourage collaboration between nonprofit organizations, community groups, and hospitality businesses to best extend the economic impact of tourism and business. 

Grant Recipients

"Tourism is a vital engine to our region's economic prosperity," said Michele Vennard, President and CEO of the Albany County Convention and Visitor Bureau. "We are pleased to announce the second round of grant recipients, all of whom are dedicated to a collaborative approach to maximize resources and attract additional out-of-town visitors to Albany County."

The grants, ranging from $3,000 - $5,000, were approved by the Bureau's Board of Directors and were funded through the earned income of the Bureau. This is the second round of grants given by the Bureau in 2013. In April, the Bureau distributed more than $40,000 to local nonprofit agencies. Today's grants bring the total given to-date to $50,000.

"We are proud to be a part of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Foundation's vision to help Albany County thrive, and are pleased to assist in the facilitation of the Hospitality Grants programs which helps so many great programs in Albany County." said Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of the Community Fund for the Greater Capital Region.

The November 2013 Grant Recipients Are:

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI-NYS)
Education & Legislative Conferences
Grant funds will support the three statewide conferences NAMI-NYS organizes annually in Albany. Specifically, the funds will allow NAMI-NYS to award more full scholarships for people to attend their annual Educational Conference, to charter an additional bus to bring members from various parts of the state to our Legislative Conference, and to expand the "What's Great in Our State-A Celebration of Children's Mental Health" activities held at the New York State Museum.

African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc.
Art Exhibition: Opposites Attract
Grant funds will help the organization purchase exhibition panels for a professional art exhibit, Opposites Attract, which will be held November 1 through December 31, 2013. The exhibition will focus on increasing the awareness of African American culture. Grant funds will also supplement the cost of having the Center open from Thursday through Sunday for the duration of the exhibition.

Shaker Heritage Society
Quiet Revolutionaries: The Shakers in America
Grant funds will allow the organization to create promotional materials and advertising to spread the word about the first collaborative exhibition ever mounted at the New York State Museum, Quiet Revolutionaries. The exhibition focuses on the Capital Region as the birthplace of the Shaker movement in America and draws upon collections, archives and the historic sites of the New York State Museum, the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, the Shaker Heritage Society and the State Library and State Archives. Quiet Revolutionaries opens with a peek preview on August 6, 2014 to commemorate "landing day," with the full exhibit opening in November 2014. The 7,000 square foot exhibition will feature hundreds of objects, documents and multimedia elements that illuminate the lives of Shakers in their three earliest villages: Albany, Mount Lebanon and Hancock.

Albany Institute of History & Art
The Mystery of the Albany Mummies
Grant funds will supplement the promotional budget for the exhibition GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, to add marketing in target markets in drivable distance from Albany that could potentially stay overnight in Albany.

Palace Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Palace Theatre Presenting Program
Grant funding will support efforts to expand the Palace's calendar to include more event nights in the coming season. Partners at The Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Albany have been able to directly tie over 500 room nights to Palace events. More events would results in additional overnight stays.

Historic Cherry Hill
Website Re-Design
Grant funds will be used to retain outside website development expertise for a critically needed re-design of the website, www.historiccherryhill.org. A focus of the redesign will be to better highlight other historic entities in Albany, all of which have been partnering with Historic Cherry Hill on an initiative called "Partners for Albany Stories."


Foundation Hospitality Grants
Organizations interesting in finding additional information about the next round of grants can visit: http://www.albany.org/about/grant/


The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. The ACCVB Foundation was established in 1993 to provide educational opportunities and work with other organizations to secure grants and funding to advance regional travel and tourism projects. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.

Since 1968, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has provided an effective means for people who care about this community to be part of shaping its future. The Community Foundation offers donors a complete toolkit for charitable giving, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together.

The Community Foundation distributed nearly $4.5 million in 2012 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region and beyond. With assets of $58.5 million, the Foundation is comprised of more than 340 charitable funds created by a diverse group of individuals, families and corporations. In addition, two local independent foundations, the Bender Family Foundation and the John D. Picotte Family Foundation, contract with the Community Foundation for grantmaking assistance.

Through flexible donor services, strategic grant making and community leadership, the Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at www.cfgcr.org or call (518) 446-9638.

Related Document:   Grants_Presser_PR_112213-FINAL.pdf

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