The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is proud to continue our COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Program.
We would not be able to provide these grant awards without the generous support of our funders: Neil and Jane Golub, John and Beverly Petiet, Capital Region Chamber, Berkshire Bank, Citizens Bank, KeyBank, as well as other community organizations and municipalities.
With their support, we have been able to make awards to 18 businesses from across the Capital Region, representing a range of industries.
Here’s some of the grant recipients that you just have to meet!
Linda HinkleMicropolis Cooperative, Gloversville
Grant amount: $1,500 for operating expenses including rent. “Because of the grant that Micropolis Cooperative, Inc. received from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, we are able to cover rent, liability insurance and other expenses for the three months that the art gallery was closed. During the last week of June we were able to hang a new show of artwork in the gallery and on July 1 our artist volunteers returned to working in the gallery,” says Linda Hinkle, one of the founding members of Micropolis. The cooperative art gallery was founded in 2011 in space inside the Mohawk Valley Cooperative. Since then, Micropolis has held a “Meet the Artists Reception” every two months— debuting a show of new work by its member artists as well as featuring the artwork of an invited guest. Over the years the gallery also has hosted a variety of special community events including “The Recycled Paint-Out,” held with support from the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, “Soup-er Art” in conjunction with the Mohawk Harvest Soup Competition, and their Fifth Anniversary Juried Art Show open to all artists within a 100 mile radius of Gloversville.