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An Overview of the Community Space Public
Wi-Fi Program

We are excited to offer an opportunity to apply for funds to assist in the goal of helping entities increase access to the internet by providing new or expanded Wi-Fi in spaces used by community members.  

This is a two-part process where applicants will first fill out a brief questionnaire about their current internet setup. After a site visit from a technology consultant, organizations that qualify will affirm that they are interested in receiving a grant of approximately $5,000 to add or expand their internet access. 

Because of this structure, we highly encourage organizations to fill out the questionnaire as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

This project is part of a greater effort toward digital equity and closing the digital divide for residents of our region and is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation with funding from the Alliance for Digital Equity and Baystate Health, as the recipient of a Massachusetts Broadband Institute (“MBI”) Regional Partnerships Program grant. 

Program Details

The Community Space Public Wi-Fi Program will provide funds to purchase wireless network hardware and install it to expand internet access in public spaces.  

Organizations or municipalities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties are eligible to apply and must specify the physical site where the installation will take place. Eligible locations include, but are not limited to, libraries, public housing common spaces, community centers, senior centers, educational facilities, workforce training centers, nonprofit organizations, and any other public space, including those that are municipality-owned, which serve the intended populations. Entities must be ready and able to expand public internet access.  

The overarching intent is to provide access to the internet for low-income or otherwise digitally disenfranchised people. Eligible organizations or municipalities must serve the following populations which includes people already enrolled in or eligible for: 

Eligible populations may also be determined by income level based on the following U.S. Treasury definitions: 


Applications were reviewed on a rolling basis through January 26, 2024 at 5:00PM.


The final grant amount will be determined based on the findings from the assessment of the proposed installation plan conducted by the Foundations. We anticipate grants will be approximately $5,000. 

Process & Timeline

This opportunity is to provide eligible organizations with funding to install new or expanded Wi-Fi capabilities onsite to benefit the communities they serve. The grant will cover the full amount of the estimated costs based on our technical assessment. Funds granted to the organization will pay for installation work to either a pre-assigned, vetted installer or the organization’s own vendor. 

Funding Requirements

Information Session Recording

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