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

FAMILY & YOUTH

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The NAACP-THINQubator Partnership Membership program provides a 6-month THINQubator Membership to current members of the NAACP. 

OVERVIEW: This level of membership provides access to the THINQubator, our dedicated children’s makerspace, which is equipped with educational STEAM supplies and resources, such as robotics kits and soldering stations. The space is designed to empower kids to think, tinker, collaborate, skill-build, design and make through hands-on activities.

The membership includes:

  • access for (at least) one adult to bring up to two children to the THINQubator for self-guided activities any time between 8 am and 8 pm Monday - Friday or 10 am to 8 am on Saturdays and Sundays
  • access to a book of project suggestions and instructions
  • use of all the equipment and supplies on the open shelves in the space

This type of memberships is intended for families with children ages 4-12. Parents/guardians are expected to remain with their children at all times. The main account holder must be 18+.  

ELIGIBILITY   Qualifying applicants must be current members of the NAACP.

APPLICATION PROCESS   Currently accepting applicants. Online application form required.  Applications should be completed by the parent/guardian (ages 18+) who will be designated as the main account holder. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and approved applicants may start their membership right away. PLEASE NOTE: The THINQubator is currently closed to members until NYS allows for closer proximity in event and tourism spaces. Memberships will not be considered active until the THINQubator is once again open.

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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 Troy, NY 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 Fall 2020 MIR program. Applications for next year's program will be available in the summer of 2021. 

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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.