Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Granting More Than $1.5 million to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is awarding more than $1.5 million through the Mission Standard grant program to local nonprofit organizations. Ninety-two Pioneer Valley projects will receive funding with awards ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. The Community Foundation awards competitive grants each year, with funds targeting projects addressing community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing, and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Over 60 of the projects funded were supported by trusts administered by Bank of America. The Community Foundation receives and reviews grant applications on behalf of Bank of America for four charitable trusts for which the Bank serves as a trustee.

Six awards were made as part of the Community Foundation’s new Challenge Program to support capital campaigns taking place in the Pioneer Valley region. These awards were $50,000 each and require a 1:1 match from donors who support the grant recipients’ campaigns. Challenge Program recipients include: Friends of the West Springfield Library, Inc.; Hitchcock Center, Inc.; Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc.; Northampton Community Arts Trust; Sisters of Providence Health Systems, Inc.; and Springfield Museums Corporation.

Examples of Mission Standard grant awards include:

  • $25,000 to the Albert and Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation to support the replacement of the leaking Amelia Park Arena roof.
  • Access 2 Technology was awarded $5,000 to assist the organization in building their capacity enabling them to provide more refurbished computers for those in need.
  • Riverside Industries, Inc. was awarded a $15,000 grant to develop a new training program to support individuals with disabilities as they transition to community based work arrangements.

“These grants are a tremendous investment in our community and in the nonprofits that do this important work. We are fortunate to have generous donors and committed volunteers to make this possible,” said Community Foundation Senior Program Officer Sheila Toto.

Funding for the Mission Standard grants process comes from distributions from 49 funds established by various individuals and groups committed to supporting local nonprofits. These donors rely on the Community Foundation’s volunteers and staff to focus their funds for effective use by nonprofit agencies in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin county communities.

Thirteen volunteer members of the Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee and 15 project reviewers carefully evaluated 101 applications for funding requests totaling over $2.3 million. They recommended the funds be distributed by county as follows:

Grant Award Totals by County  

Hampden                                    $983,700
Hampshire                                  $376,600
Franklin                                      _$161,300

Total                                           $1,521,600

During this grant cycle the Community Foundation awarded Mission Standard grants from the following funds:

  • Anonymous Memorial Fund
  • Lucy and Bob Atkinson Fund
  • Balder Sommer Fund for Children’s Health
  • B&E Youth Futures Fund
  • M. Constance Breck Memorial Fund
  • Brendler Family Charitable Fund
  • Cancer Fund
  • Raymond E. and Mildred G. Clark Foundation Fund Bank of America, Trustee
  • Community Grantmaking Fund
  • Credit Data Services, Inc. Fund
  • Delskey Family Fund
  • Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund administered by Bank of America, Trustee
  • Juliusz Feigenbaum Fund
  • Franklin Fund
  • Franklin Fund #2
  • Fund for Hampshire and Franklin Counties
  • T. Marc Futter Hampshire Arts Endowment Fund
  • Sally Gage Olmstead Unrestricted Grantmaking Fund
  • Margot L. Griggs Charitable Fund
  • Teresa A. Harris Fund
  • Nan and Matilda Heydt Fund administered by Bank of America, Trustee
  • Junior League of Holyoke Fund
  • Rockwell Keeney, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • Alie and Rem Lefferts Memorial Dixieland Jazz Fund
  • Edwin P. and Wilbur O. Lepper Fund
  • The Lochridge-Watkins Charitable Foundation administered by Bank of America, Trustee
  • Dr. John E. McNally Memorial Fund
  • Eleanor and Philip Singleton Endowment Fund
  • Albert Steiger Memorial Fund
  • Rachel O. Storrs Ware Youth Center, Inc. Fund
  • Ida and Abram Sudrann Memorial Fund
  • Roger G. and Jeannie Houston Turgeon Fund
  • Mary E. Tuttle Community Endowment Fund
  • Unrestricted Fund
  • The Valley Charitable Trust Fund administered by Bank of America, Trustee
  • Joan Walker Memorial Fund
  • James D. Watt Charitable Fund
  • William Wells Tapley Fund
  • Yale Genton Charitable Fund                                                                                                                                     

Listed below are organizations that received funds to support specific projects by county:

Franklin County

  • A Little Easier Recovery, Inc.
  • Academy at Charlemont
  • Access 2 Technology
  • Art Garden, Inc.
  • Arts Extension Institute, Inc.
  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters Association of Franklin County, Inc.
  • Center for EcoTechnology, Inc.
  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
  • Community Action of the Franklin Hampshire & North Quabbin Region
  • Community Enterprises, Inc.
  • Community Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
  • Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc.
  • Cooperative Fund of New England, Inc.
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Inc.
  • Franklin County Home Care Corporation
  • Leverett Craftsmen & Artists Incorporated
  • Link to Libraries, Inc.
  • Mohawk Trail Concerts, Inc.
  • NAMI Western Massachusetts, Inc.
  • New England Farmers Union Education Foundation
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
  • Songbird Sings, Inc.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Tapestry Health Systems, Inc.
  • United ARC of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, Inc.
  • Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Hampden County

  • A Little Easier Recovery, Inc.
  • Albert and Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation
  • Arts Extension Institute, Inc.
  • The Association for Community Living, Inc.
  • Best Buddies Massachusetts
  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Hampden County, Inc.
  • Blues to Green, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club Family Center, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
  • Center for EcoTechnology, Inc.
  • Chicopee Child Development Center, Inc.
  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
  • Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc.
  • Community Enterprises, Inc.
  • Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
  • Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc.
  • Cooperative Fund of New England, Inc.
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Inc.
  • DevelopSpringfield Corporation
  • Drama Studio, Inc.
  • Enchanted Circle, Inc.
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
  • Friends of the West Springfield Library, Inc.
  • Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
  • Gray House, Inc.
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.
  • HAP, Inc.
  • Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start, Inc.
  • Homework House, Inc.
  • Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc.
  • Kistner Foundation, Inc.
  • Link to Libraries, Inc.
  • Ludlow Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.
  • Mental Health Association, Inc.
  • NAMI Western Massachusetts, Inc.
  • New England Business Associates, Inc.
  • Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
  • Operation Outreach-USA, Inc.
  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities
  • Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, Inc.
  • Press Pass TV, Inc.
  • Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc.
  • RAR-MA, Inc.
  • Rebuilding Together Springfield, Inc.
  • Riverside Industries, Inc.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Inc.
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
  • Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.
  • Sisters of Providence Health Systems, Inc.
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
  • Springfield Museums Corporation
  • Springfield School Volunteers, Inc.
  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Suit Up Springfield Inc.
  • Tapestry Health Systems, Inc.
  • Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center Foundation, Inc.
  • Trustees of Noble Hospital, Inc.
  • uAspire
  • Westfield Museum, Inc.
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
  • Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Inc.
  • Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
  • Worcester State Foundation, Inc.

Hampshire County

  • A Little Easier Recovery, Inc.
  • Academy at Charlemont
  • Amherst Community Connections
  • Arts Extension Institute, Inc.
  • Center for EcoTechnology, Inc.
  • Center for Human Development, Inc.
  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
  • Community Action of the Franklin Hampshire & North Quabbin Region
  • Community Enterprises, Inc.
  • Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
  • Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc.
  • Cooperative Fund of New England, Inc.
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Inc.
  • Friends of Amherst Recreation, Inc.
  • Historic Northampton, Inc.
  • Hitchcock Center, Inc.
  • Lathrop Community, Inc.
  • Laurel Park Association
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.
  • NAMI Western Massachusetts, Inc.
  • New England Farmers Union Education Foundation
  • Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
  • Northampton Community Arts Trust
  • Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc.
  • Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
  • Riverside Industries, Inc.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Inc.
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
  • Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.
  • Songbird Sings, Inc.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Tapestry Health Systems, Inc.
  • The Association for Community Living, Inc.
  • Valley Light Opera, Inc.
  • Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts