The Hamilton College Town-Gown Fund was created in 2001 by anonymous donors to foster goodwill and communication among the College and residents of the Town of Kirkland and the Village of Clinton. Since its founding, the endowed fund has received more than $1.3 million in gifts and distributed nearly $1.1 million in grants.

Each year, the income earned from investing those donations is used to make grants to organizations in the Town of Kirkland. As stipulated in the agreement that established the Fund, grants can only be made to organizations and agencies serving the Town of Kirkland and the Village of Clinton, with a primary focus on education.

Prior Grant Recipients

The Hamilton College Town-Gown Fund has awarded 177 grants totaling $1,269,244 since 2001. The prior recipients are:
  • Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps
  • Clark Mills Fire Department
  • Clark Mills Historical Society
  • Clinton A Better Chance
  • Clinton Central School District
  • Clinton Central School Foundation
  • Clinton Chamber of Commerce
  • Clinton Early Learning Center
  • Clinton Fire Department
  • Clinton Historical Society
  • Clinton Kirkland Improvement Corporation
  • Clinton United Methodist Church Preschool
  • Clinton Youth Foundation (Boynton Pool)
  • Country Pantry
  • Kirkland Art Center
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • Kirkland Senior Center
  • Kirkland Town Library
  • Kirkland Trails
  • Kirkland Ventures
  • St. James Preschool
  • St. Mary’s Preschool
  • Village of Clinton


Contact Name

Mike Debraggio

Executive Writer and Director of Community Relations

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