ABC Capacity Building Program Training Project


Grant Guidelines


The grantmaking component of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Arts Build Community initiative supports the testing of new ideas to increase community engagement through the arts and creative process, especially among lower-income residents, communities of color, youth and immigrants. BTCF seeks to aid innovation among Berkshire County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and community organizations that present significant arts and cultural programming as they launch new projects, expand existing programs and collaborate with other organizations.


Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations participating in BTCF’s BTCF’s intensive yearlong Arts Build Community Capacity Building Program


Funding will be allocated to projects that further learning by the nonprofit organizations participating in the ABC Capacity Building Program.

The proposed project must have a goal of deepening the understanding of your organization around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency. It should be designed to build your capacity, strength and learning as an organization and therefore influence programming that impacts and engages youth, people of color, immigrants and low-income communities in the Berkshires.

The technical assistance grants may be used for any number of purposes. Some examples of potential projects may include:

  • Training with your organization’s board of directors and staff on identified areas where your organization could use additional support
  • Programmatic development with a professional that can provide additional knowledge and feedback on design


Applicants must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Be currently participating in Berkshire Taconic’s Arts Build Community Capacity Building Program.
  • Have operated with active arts and/or community engagement programming.
  • Be based in and serve residents of Berkshire County.  
  • Not include in its by-laws or practice discrimination against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.
  • Have as its mission a focus on arts and creativity or is an organization for which an arts and creativity program can further its core mission.  


The total amount available for all awards is $65,000 through a competitive process. Awards are expected to range from $7,500 to $10,000. Funding allocations will be determined based on the review criteria outlined below.


  • The deadline for applications is May 15, 2019.
  • Notification and payment of awards will be made no later than July 1, 2019.
  • Interim reports are due Dec. 1, 2019.
  • A final report is due April 1, 2020.  


Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposed project and the strength of the connection between the project and the lessons learned in the capacity building program and findings from the community-based participatory research
  • Readiness of the organization to implement and learn from the proposed program
  • Potential impact of the project on the organization and furthermore the residents with whom it engages
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability of the organization to adapt and implement change


$7,500 to $10,000 per organization


May 15

How to Apply

Please read these important instructions.


The application is open only to participants of BTCF’s Arts Build Community Capacity Building Program.