Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Announces First Round of 2017 Deadlines for Berkshire County

December 9, 2016

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017. Regional nonprofits, students and schools are invited to apply for funding during the winter grants cycle from January through March.

FOR NONPROFITS
The Crane Family Fund supports environmental organizations with innovative projects. Grants range from $1,000 - $2,000. Applications are due February 15.

Harvard Business School’s ‘Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management’ (SPNM) program is an intensive six-day program for nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors who are responsible for shaping the policies and major programs of their organizations. Applications are due March 1 for this July program.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures. Grants range from $1,000 - $3,000. Applications are due March 1. 

The James and Robert Hardman Fund for North Adams supports nonprofit groups, community organizations or public agencies that support the residents of North Adams and the neighboring communities of Florida and Clarksburg, Mass., and Stamford, Vermont. The fund prioritizes projects that support disadvantaged residents or enrich the cultural and natural environment. Grants range from $500 - $3,000. Applications are due March 1. 

The Fund for Williamstown supports projects and services that benefit the residents of Williamstown. Letters of intent describing projects and their purpose are due March 15. Grants range from $500 - $2,500. Full grant applications are due April 15.

FOR STUDENTS
The Michelle Gillett Creative Writing Award for Young Women awards $1,000 scholarships to female students of Monument Mountain Regional High School who are seniors during the 2016 - 17 school year. Applications are due January 15.

The Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund /Youth World Awareness Program provides grants to students ages 14 - 22 for international travel and service. Grants range from $500 - $1,500 for individual applicants; larger grants may be considered for groups. Applications are due February 1. 

The Simple Gifts Fund awards grants to young people ages 13 - 21 for participation in cultural or creative summer programs. Grants range from $200 - $800. Applications are due March 15.

FOR SCHOOLS
The James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund recognizes excellence in teaching with a $10,000 prize for study or travel. Nominations from school principals or chief administrators are due February 1. Contact programs@berkshiretaconic.org for more information.

The Lenox Education Enrichment Foundation supports projects that inspire and engage students and teachers in the Lenox public schools. Grants range from $100 - $1,000. Applications are due February 28.

The application process for all grants is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.
The application process for all scholarships is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchScholarships






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Middle Row: Susan Hillel, Katherine Martucci, Wendy Curtis, Palmer Irving, Beth Ledy
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Photo of Chatham Middle School by John Dolan.
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About Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly. Photo (c) Jack Shear
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About Construct Inc
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About Elders Services Meals on Wheels
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About Summer Sundays
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About Northeast Community Center
About Northeast Community Center
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About Teen Theatre
About Teen Theatre
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About UNITY
About UNITY
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About Great Barrington
About Great Barrington
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About Mary-Ellen
About Mary-Ellen
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