Capital Grants

Programmatic Intent

Capital grants provide support for capital projects or capital campaigns that address the diverse needs of residents of the Pioneer Valley.

Applicant Eligibility

  • To view overall eligibility guidelines for applicant organizations please click here.
  • Additional Capital programmatic eligibility guidelines include:
    • All potential Capital projects and Capital Campaign applicants must contact the Capital Program Officer prior to consideration for this funding opportunity.

Funding Criteria

  • Additional Capital programmatic criteria include:

Capital projects:

  • Small or large renovations/additions.
  • Construction or expansion projects.
  • Computer technology and/or equipment purchase with a useful life of at least 3 years.

Capital campaigns:

  • New building construction or renovations to an existing building the cost more than $1 million with a minimum campaign goal of $500,000
  • Large fundraising efforts with requests to foundations, businesses, individuals, and government funds/banks/bond financing
  • Must be in the “public phase” of the campaign where no more than 85% of the total campaign total has been raised at time of grant submission.
  • Preference for an overall award portfolio that represents the following sectors: arts and culture; education; environment, health, housing, and human services as well as organizations of various budget sizes.

Funding Preference

  • Preference for an overall award portfolio that represents the following sectors: arts and culture, education, environment, health, housing, and human services as well as organizations of various budget sizes.

Ineligible Activities

  • Please click here to view activities that are ineligible for funding from any of CFWM’s grant programs.

Available Funding

  • There is a minimum of $240,000 available for Capital Grants of which $100,000 is targeted for capital campaigns. Due to 2018 funding restrictions, CFWM’s priority is to only fund capital campaigns that benefit residents from Springfield and/or Hampden County.  No capital campaign funds are available for Hampshire and Franklin County projects in 2018.
  • Based on CFWM geographic fund restrictions we anticipate awarding grants that benefit residents as follows:
    • 60% of funding for Hampden County, with significant proportion of funds targeted to Springfield.
    • 20% of funding for Hampshire County.
    • 20% of funding for Franklin County.
  • Grant range: $2,500 to $25,000 for a capital project. Up to $30,000 for a capital campaign with no required match.
  • Duration of grants:
    • Capital projects: Up to 12 months from grant award date.
    • Capital Campaigns: No time frame for completion.

Grant Process

  • All applicants must schedule a discussion with the Capital Program Officer.
    • These phone conversations should be scheduled during the following timeframes:
      • Capital projects up to $25,000: June 18, 2018 to September 7, 2018.
      • Capital campaigns up to $30,000: June 18, 2018 to August 24, 2018.
  • Applications must be complete including all correct attachments at time of submission.

Important Dates

  • Application opening: Closed at this time
  • Submission deadline:

Application and Related Materials

FAQs

  • For grant FAQ’s, please click here.

Contact Info

Sheila Toto at stoto@communityfoundation.org.