Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of 2018 Deadlines for Berkshire County

Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of 2018 Deadlines for Berkshire County

March 23, 2018

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in Berkshire County in 2018. Regional nonprofits, school communities, students and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

FOR NONPROFITS

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about Judaism that aim to dispel religious prejudice, bias and intolerance. Grants of $500 will be awarded. Applications are due April 1.

The Fund for Williamstown’s DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown, Mass. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

Harvard Business School’s Governing for Nonprofit Excellence is a four-day executive education program designed to enhance leadership and governance skills. Nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs in the region may apply for a scholarship to attend the program. The value of the program is $4,750. Applications are due May 1.

FOR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Education enrichment funds will award grants to benefit individual schools and school districts in Berkshire County this spring. Grants will support extracurricular projects to inspire and engage students:

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 2017-18 school year. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 10.

FOR INDIVIDUALS
The William J. & Margery S. Barrett Public Service Award for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy celebrates individuals who make a significant contribution to the well-being of these towns through paid or volunteer work. The selected nominee will designate a nonprofit organization to receive a cash award of $1,000 in his or her name. Nominations are due May 1.

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.

About Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Now in its 30th year, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities by inspiring charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. A nonprofit public charity with $150 million in assets, the foundation distributed a total of $6.5 million through grants and scholarships in 2017 to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services, and environmental protection. You can make a difference. We can help. www.berkshiretaconic.org

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