Mission Grants 2019

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. 

Program will open early January 2019. 

Applicant Eligibility 

  • To view overall eligibility guidelines for applicant organizations please click here. 
  • Additional Mission programmatic eligibility guidelines include: 
  • All outstanding final grant reports must be submitted by current grantees and approved, via email, by a CFWM program officer by January 15, 2019. 
  • All potential grant applicants must participate in a scheduled phone call or engage in a small group in-person session with the Mission Program Officer in order to be eligible for this grant competition.  The opportunity to sign-up for these opportunities will take place starting January 2, 2019 and will close on February 8, 2019.  Based on available resources a maximum of 100 pre-application phone and small-group slots will be made available for potential applicants.  Once the 100 slots are full we will take names for a waiting list.  The Foundation reserves the right to close this program prior to February 8, 2019 if we’ve reached capacity.   

Funding Criteria 

Mission programs or projects must include: 

  • A programmatic focus that further promotes the applicant organization’s mission. 
  • 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. 

 Funding Preference 

  • CFWM attempts to make grants in a variety of sectors (ie: arts and culture, education, environment, health, housing, and human services) and to organizations of varying budget sizes in order to attain a total award portfolio that is diverse. 

 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 2019. 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 Application Process 

  • All applicants must schedule a phone call discussion or attend a small group in-person session with the Mission Program Officer by February 8, 2019. 
  • Applications must be complete including all correct attachments at time of submission. 

 Important Dates 

  • Schedule a call or register for a small group in-person session with the Mission Program Officer.  The opportunity to sign-up for a session will take place starting January 2, 2019 and will close on February 8, 2019. 
  • Application opens: January 7, 2019 
  • Submission deadline: February 15, 2019 
  • Reviews/site visits: April – May, 2019 
  • Decision date: May 29,2019 
  • Notification to applicants: Mid-late June 2019 

 Application and Related Materials 


  • For grant FAQ’s, please click here. 

 Contact Info 

Sheila Toto at stoto@communityfoundation.org.