FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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The Hardship Membership program offers up to six months of fully subsidized membership to individuals who have experienced significant revenue reduction since March, 2020.

OVERVIEW: This program offers up to six months of fully subsidized membership for the following membership levels: THINQubator, Super Maker, Maker. 

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteer hours are required. All members participating in this program must complete 1 regular weekly 4-hour volunteer shift. Volunteer positions vary, but options include operating the front desk/check-in station, basic organizational tasks, etc. Program members will work with the Volunteer Coordinator and TVCOG staff to determine which volunteer position best suits them.

ELIGIBILITY: Qualifying applicants will have either lost 25% or more of your income since March, 2020 or make below current Troy AMI ($39,526). No residential restrictions. All TVCOG members must be 18+.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Currently closed. Check back soon. Application form required; form is available both online and at the TVCOG offices. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by our Executive Director upon receipt; applicants will be contacted regarding application status within 5-7 business days of submission. Approved applicants start the program on the 1st of the next month. 

 

  

 

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The Pay-What-You-Can Program offers up to one year of partially subsidized membership to individuals with demonstrated financial need.

OVERVIEW: This program offers a 25% reduction, a 50% reduction, and a 75% reduction in membership dues for a period of up to 12 months for the following levels of membership: THINQubator, Super Maker, Maker, Co-Worker.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteer hours are required. Each program participant must complete one 4-hour shift per month for each 25% reduction in membership cost, e.g a 50% reduction in membership would have an 8-hour per month volunteer requirement, whereas a 75% reduction would have a 12-hour per month volunteer requirement. Volunteer positions vary, but options include operating the front desk/check-in station, basic organizational tasks, etc. Program members will work with the Volunteer Coordinator and TVCOG staff to determine which volunteer position best suits them.

ELIGIBILITY: Qualifying applicants must make below current Troy AMI ($39,526). No residential restrictions. All TVCOG members must be 18+.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Currently closed. Check back soon. Application form required; form is available both online and at the TVCOG offices. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by our Executive Director upon receipt; applicants will be contacted regarding application status within 5-7 business days of submission. Approved applicants start the program on the 1st of the next month. 

 

 

 

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Our general volunteer program supplies monthly membership credits to member volunteers per 4 hour shift worked.

OVERVIEW: This program offers current TVCOG members in good standing a $10 credit towards next month's membership dues for every 4-hour volunteer shift completed. We are currently seeking volunteers to do a regular weekly shift at the front desk, handling member check-ins and temperature checks.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must complete a volunteer training before beginning their shifts, and are expected to abide by the Volunteer Code of Conduct and all COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.

ELIGIBILITY: Qualifying applicants are current TVCOG members in good standing who have been members for at least three months. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Currently accepting applications. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.

 

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

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Our annual Maker-in-Residence Program offers a Troy-based maker the chance to pursue a project of their choice at TVCOG with dedicated space and resources.

OVERVIEW: The program offers a Troy-based maker the chance to pursue a project of their choice at TVCOG with dedicated space and resources, including a complimentary Super Maker Membership, a storage space, free access to the prototyping center equipment, and a stipend of $500. The program runs every fall. 

REQUIREMENTS: The MIR is expected to fulfill a number of duties, including being an active presence on social media to represent TVCOG, and fulfilling a volunteer requirement. Learn more about the program details and requirements on the Maker-in-Residence page here.

ELIGIBILITY Qualifying applicants must be Capital Region residents whose annual income is at or below current Troy AMI ($39,526).  All TVCOG members must be 18+.

APPLICATION PROCESS  We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020-2021 MIR program. Applications for next year's program will be available later this year.

 

 

 

 

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The Educator Opportunity program offers up to six months of fully subsidized membership to qualified educators for grades K-12.

OVERVIEW: We are looking to grow our pool of instructors and volunteers for the THINQubator, our children’s makerspace. The THINQubator’s mission is to cultivate a community that focuses on mitigating barriers to creativity by providing affordable and accessible STEM programming to the youth of our community. The Educator Opportunity program is designed to provide resources to local educators in the hopes of helping them pursue that mission, both here in the THINQubator and in their own classroom.

The program offers up to six months of fully subsidized membership at the Super Maker level for educators working with students in grades K-12. Approved applicants will have access to the THINQuabtor, our children’s makerspace, for their own curriculum development purposes, as well as access to the general makerspace and coworking area for their own personal use. Approved applicants will also be added to our list of THINQubator instructors, and will be contacted about both potential paid instruction/curriculum development possibilities and educational volunteer opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS:  Volunteer hours are required. Program members will be asked to spend their volunteer time developing curriculum for our children’s makerspace. Curriculum topics will be decided in concert with staff members, based on instructor’s preference. The curriculum developed will be used in a number of our children’s programs, and should be designed to be easy for other instructors to follow; the instructor writing the curriculum will always be given first right of refusal for instruction of that particular class. Other volunteer opportunities may arise when we return to in-person events as well, e.g assisting at STEAM-Powered Saturdays, our free monthly STEAM education event, volunteering with our First Lego Robotics League etc. Volunteer hours are expected to be between 10-15 hours per month.

ELIGIBILITY Qualifying applicants will have significant teaching experience for any grades within the K-12 range in STEM or a STEM-related field. Preference will be given to applicants who currently hold a teaching certificate or CDA. Preference will also be given to instructors who have experienced significant revenue reduction since March, 2020.

Applicants should be community-driven and enthusiastic about expanding the minds of young learners. Those interested who are not STEM instructors are encouraged to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss potential opportunities. Those who are not currently certified but are pursuing a teaching certification, or a degree in related fields are welcome to apply as well.

APPLICATION PROCESS  Currently closed. Please check back soon.  Application form required; form is available both online and at the TVCOG offices. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by our Executive Director upon receipt; applicants will be contacted regarding application status within 5-7 business days of submission. Approved applicants start the program on the 1st of the next month. Those who choose to do instruction hours for TVCOG will be asked to complete a background check first.

GENERAL COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM POLICIES

CODE OF CONDUCT: All program participants are expected to abide by our Member Code of Conduct, and to follow the guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures listed here.

RIGHT OF REFUSAL: TVCOG reserves the right to dismiss any application to any program if the applicant is deemed ineligible. TVCOG also reserves the right to offer applicants entry into a different program than the one denoted as preferred on their application. 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION: TVCOG reserves the right to request additional proof of income upon application receipt. 

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN/HARDSHIP MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS: Final decisions on program offers (including program type, program length and membership level) are determined by our staff based on available program funds and the applicant’s demonstrated need. While individual preferences are taken into consideration, the final program offer may not reflect the preferences denoted in the application process. Program offers are included in notification of program acceptance, and are non-negotiable. We encourage applicants to provide a detailed statement of need on their application in order to increase the chances of being accepted into their preferred program.