Mission Grants 2018

Programmatic Intent

Mission grants provide support for a wide range of programs and projects, administered by nonprofit organizations 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 Mission programmatic eligibility guidelines include:
    • All potential grant applicants must schedule a phone call with the Mission Program Officer by February 9, 2018 in order to be eligible for this grant competition.
    • All outstanding final grant reports must be submitted by current grantees and approved, via email, by a CFWM program officer by January 18, 2018.

Funding Criteria

Mission programs or projects must include:

  • A set of activities that are conducted during a specific period of time.
  • Clearly stated results.
  • Include a realistic project budget.
  • Financial information that demonstrate the organization’s overall financial health.
  • A programmatic focus that further promotes the applicant organization’s mission.

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 $700,000 available for Mission grants 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.
  • Duration of grants: Up to1 year from grant award date; project timeframe defined by applicant.

Grant Process (See alert at the top of page)

  • All applicants must schedule a discussion with the Mission Program Officer by February 9, 2018.
  • Applications must be complete including all correct attachments at time of submission.

Important Dates

  • Application opening: January 5, 2018
  • Schedule call with Mission Program Officer: Prior to February 9, 2018.
  • Submission deadline: February 16, 2018
  • Reviews/site visits: April – May, 2018
  • Decision date: May 31, 2018
  • Notification to applicants: Mid-late June 2018

Application and Related Materials


  • For grant FAQ’s, please click here.

Contact Info

Sheila Toto at stoto@communityfoundation.org.