Berkshire Taconic Announces Final Round of 2016 Grant Deadlines

10:09AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2016.

Covering the period from October 1 through Dec. 31, the fall cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.


For nonprofits

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy. The fund has up to $100,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Nov. 1.

The Central Berkshire Fund supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations serving the residents of Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor. The fund has up to $85,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Oct. 10.

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund and Central Berkshire Fund are two of 11 permanently endowed area funds administered by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Area funds are established by donors who have strong ties to a specific geographic area and want to enhance the quality of life for all residents there. Each area fund has an advisory committee of local residents who understand the needs of their community and guide the grantmaking to support programs and services in the arts, education, health and human services and the environment. To learn more about Berkshire Taconic’s area funds, visit


For nonprofits and individuals

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports projects that encourage learning about Judaism and dispel religious intolerance. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. Applications are due Nov. 1.


For schools

Four education enrichment funds will award grants between $100 and $3,000 to support extracurricular projects in specific schools and school districts in Berkshire County. Application deadlines for each fund are listed below:

· Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund for Williamstown Elementary School: Oct. 7

· Lee Fund for Educational Enrichment for the Lee-Tyringham School District: Oct. 30

·  Lanesborough Initiative for Excellence for the Lanesborough School District: Dec. 1


For individuals

The Tupelo Award Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to Berkshire County residents ages 16 to 36 to research a topic of demonstrated interest. Applications are due Oct. 15.

The application process for all grants is online.


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