Grants – Competitive

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CFWM is focusing our competitive grantmaking on response efforts, and temporarily halting the following grantmaking programs:

COVID Grantmaking

The Community Foundation has distributed $6.3 million for emergency basic needs since March. As the pandemic has continued, and the economic fallout has become clearer, the Community Foundation is expanding our COVID grantmaking to respond to the vital needs of the nonprofit sector which is at risk.

Our area nonprofit organizations are essential to a thriving, equitable region. Yet COVID hasn’t spared it. Countless organizations across the sector have been rocked by drastic revenue drops, soaring demand, and unexpected new expenses such as expanded space to allow for social distancing.

For more information about our COVID Grantmaking, click here.

 Other Active Grant Programs

CFWM Grantmaking Approach

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is a regional foundation serving Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. Our grantmaking funds are provided through the generosity of donors in the Pioneer Valley. Our community grantmaking approach is supported by a strong core of volunteers who, through our Distribution Committee, set policy and make funding decisions on applications to our various grant programs and initiatives. Our Distribution Committee is further augmented by a strong corps of trained volunteer grant reviewers who, in collaboration with staff, assist CFWM with expertise in the grantmaking process.

About CFWM Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) grants over $8 million annually to nonprofits through a variety of funding and training opportunities. Some grants are awarded through a competitive grant application process, while others reflect an advised fund donor’s recommendation. These grants all have a single goal: improving the quality of life for residents of the three counties of the Pioneer Valley – Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire.

General Grant Information

Prior Grantees

Recent Award Recipients by Grant Program