Community Foundation Awards Valley Organizations $2.3 Million in Flexible Funding

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts would like to announce the names of organizations that will receive unrestricted financial support from its Flexible Funding program. A total of $2,275,000 will be distributed to 96 applicant nonprofits to build capacity and strengthen their operations and programming.

Since 2021, the Community Foundation has used Flexible Funding to help nonprofit partners improve their organizational effectiveness and strengthen their impact. Unrestricted support allows organizations the essential freedom of discretionary spending.

“Organizations understand their work better than anyone else,” said Meredith Lewis, Director of Community Impact and Partnerships. “Giving general operating support gives organizations the flexibility to meet their current and evolving needs.

The Flexible Funding program provides nonprofits that substantially benefit Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties up to $30,000 in grant support. Up to 75% of applicants are doing work that aligns with the Community Foundation’s strategic priority areas of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating a strong start for all children, advancing affordability for post-secondary education, and supporting a vibrant local arts ecosystem.

“We received a record number of applications from arts organizations this year, and a large percentage of those organizations are new or had never applied to CFWM before,” said Nicole Bourdon, Senior Program Officer for the Foundation’s ValleyCreates program. “We’re so thrilled to see that, despite economic challenges, the arts are continuing to thrive in our region. We’re very much looking forward to being in partnership with, and learning from, all of these organizations over the next year.”

The recipient organizations are:

Academic Leadership Association LLC
Alianza DV Services, Inc
All Farmers, Inc.
Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc
Amherst Community Television, Inc.
Antenna Cloud Farm
Artspace Community Arts Center
Ashfield Community Preschool
Attack Bear Press
Available Potential Enterprises
Belchertown Community Alliance, Inc
Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity
Boys & Girls Club Family Center
Brick House Community Resource Center, Inc.
Center for Social Justice @ WNEU School of Law
Childrens Advocacy Center of Franklin and North Quabbin
Chinese Association of Western Massachusetts
CitySpace, Inc.
Common Capital, Inc.
Common Wealth Mural Collaborative
Connecticut River Valley Wildlife Sanctuaries – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Craig’s Doors, A Home Association, Inc.
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Inc.
Davenport Child Care, Inc.
Dream Up Events
Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
Empowerment Through the Arts
Empty Arms Bereavement Support, Inc.
Enchanted Circle, Inc.
Extreme Kid, Inc.
Families Against Violence
Families First Parenting Programs, Inc.
Fishing Friends, Inc.
Franklin County Pride
Friends of the Montague Common Hall
Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse, Inc.
Girls Inc. of the Valley
Give Music, Inc.
Happier Valley Comedy Inc
Hilltown Village, Inc. DBA It Takes A Village
Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Program, Inc.
Hispanic-American Library, Inc.
Holyoke Community Media, Inc.
Holyoke YMCA, Inc.
International Language Institute of MA, Inc.
LightHouse Holyoke
Local Access to Valley Arts
Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc.
Men of Color Health Awareness
Mountain River Taiko
National Conference for Community and Justice
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Northampton Community Music Center
Northampton Parents Center, Inc.
Northampton Survival Center, Inc.
Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts Chapter
Pa’Lante Transformative Justice, Inc.
Parent Villages
Pathlight, Inc.
Perugia Press, Inc.
Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares
Pioneer Valley Symphony Inc
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Inc.
Piti Theatre Company
Play Incubation Collective
Quaboag Hills Community Coalition
Resilient Community Arts
River East School-to-Career, Inc.
Riverside Industries Inc
Roca, Inc.
Self-Evident Education, Inc.
Shea Theater Arts Center, Inc.
Silverthorne Theater Company Inc
Springfield Cultural Partnerships
Springfield Day Nursery Corporation
Springfield No One Leaves
Springfield Operations ECS, Inc.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade
Springfield School Volunteers, Inc.
Straw Dog Writers Guild, Inc.
Survivor Theatre Project
Teach Western Mass
Tech Foundry, Inc
The Care Center
The Literacy Lab
The Literacy Project, Inc.
Translate Gender, Inc.
Valley Venture Mentors
Wellspring Cooperative Corporation
West County Arts
Workshop 13, Inc.
Yiddishkayt Western Mass
Young at Heart Chorus Incorporated
YWCA of Western Ma