We are committed to grantmaking and non-monetary support that catalyze positive change throughout Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Our Approach

To fulfill our strategic vision of equity and opportunity for all, we will continue to provide resources broadly to meet wide-ranging and evolving needs. In the current climate, that includes support for communities and nonprofits that have been hard-hit by the social, economic and health crises of 2020.

In addition, we will prioritize support for issues on which we believe we can have significant impact:

  • effective nonprofits led by people of color;
  • a strong start for all children through high-quality early education and care;
  • more accessible and more affordable post-secondary education or training that provide pathways to completion and employment; and/or
  • a vibrant local arts and creativity ecosystem to support self-expression, economic vitality, and connection.

In keeping with our commitment to equity and opportunity for all, we will not knowingly support organizations whose programs, services, employment or volunteer opportunities do not comply with our Anti-Discrimination Policy.

Working Together

As your Community Foundation, we believe strongly in the power of collaboration to solve challenges. As we have since 1991, we continue to ground our decision-making in the direct involvement of community members—who generously give their time, knowledge, passion, and perspective to our work. We also believe that solutions to complex challenges require a strong allied non-profit ecosystem in which not-for-profit organizations actively partner with community groups, institutions of higher education, government entities, and the private sector to innovate and lead.  We’re not only funder, but also a thought-partner, capacity-builder, convener, and strategic partner to our grantees.

Our Programs

Free Legal Advice

The Foundation’s partnership with the Hampden County Bar Association connects you with a lawyer for free legal advice through the “Lawyer for a Day” program.

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Helping strengthen and connect the diverse community of arts and creativity nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley, and to provide new opportunities for collaboration.


Upcoming Opportunities

Each year, the Foundation launches a number of grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of our region’s local nonprofits.

Grant Calendar

The Community Foundation is no longer running the Capacity, Innovation or Mission grant programs. Our current focus is on COVID grantmaking and operationalizing our new strategic priorities. Please stay tuned as our programming evolves. If you’d like to stay updated about our grantmaking programs, please join our mailing list.

Recent Grantees

We are proud to support hundreds of nonprofits throughout the region through our competitive grantmaking programs as well as our donor designated and donor advised funds.

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Questions? Let Us Know.

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Lewis, Director of Community Impact.


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Trainings & Presentations

CFWM is committed to providing our region’s nonprofits with valuable tools and resources.

Trainings & Presentations

Event Sponsorships

Opportunities to celebrate and elevate a nonprofit’s impact, milestones, and mission.

Event Sponsorships

Funds for Nonprofits

Establish a nonprofit fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Funds for Nonprofits