Grants – Competitive

CFWM Grantmaking Approach

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is a regional foundation serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin 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 – Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin.

Overview of 2019 Grant Programs


2019 Grant Programs


Nonprofits and individuals can get information about specific competitive grant offerings by clicking on any of the programs below.

General Grant Information


Prior Grantees

Recent Award Recipients by Grant Program