Eligibility

  • innovationgrantlogoInnovation Grants will be awarded to 501 (C)(3) public charities.
  • For applicants that do not have 501(c)(3) status, the CFWM accepts Innovation Grant applications that are supported by fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must have a proven, prior existing relationship with the applicant organization. Applicants must upload the following documents with their application:
    • The CFWM’s required Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement form – found at http://communityfoundation.org/nonprofits/grants/
    • A copy of the written agreement between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored organization documenting the relationship and the charitable nature of the undertaking.  The written agreement can be an employment contract, a contract or a grant agreement.
    • A copy of minutes of the meeting where the fiscal sponsor’s Board of Directors approved this contract or a copy of the Board resolution allowing the 501(c)(3) organization to act as the fiscal sponsor for the non 501 (c)(3) entity.
    • A copy of the fiscal sponsor’s most recent audit.
  • Coalitions and collaborative proposals are eligible to apply, but only one 501 (c)(3) organization may serve as the lead agency and receive the grant funding.
  • Grants must be used for projects located in or serving populations of the Pioneer Valley (Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden Counties).
  • Grants must be used for charitable purpose.
  • Prospective grantees may have current CFWM funding, except for current or prior Innovation grantees. If applicants have received funding in the past, previously funded projects must be complete, funds expended and grant reports submitted 30 days prior to submitting a new funding request for the Innovation Program.
  • The Innovation grants do not support expenditures/requests for:
    • Private education and religious organizations unless the Innovation is serving broad community needs
    • Fundraising events
    • Activities that seek to directly or indirectly influence legislation or election campaigns

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