Berkshire Fresh and Healthy Food Fund

Berkshire Fresh and Healthy Food Fund

Grant Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Food pantries and food distribution sites based in and serving Berkshire County.   

GRANT INFORMATION

Berkshire Taconic’s recent community assessment included a troubling statistic that in a region with a rich tradition of agriculture and food, one in eight residents face food insecurity, meaning they do not have easy and regular access to quality food and may frequently go hungry. With the generous support of anonymous donors, we seek to increase access to fresh and healthy food to lower-income Berkshire County residents.  

We invite applications from Berkshire County food pantries and other distribution sites to provide capital grants that build additional capacity to offer fresh produce and other healthy food more frequently and in higher volumes. Examples of eligible projects include acquisition of cold storage facilities, addition of electrical upgrades to increase cooler/refrigeration capacity, or acquisition of food transportation capacity.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be incorporated as a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, be a public agency (e.g. church or school district eligible to receive tax-exempt funds), or operate under fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Be based in and serve residents of Berkshire County. Fiscal sponsors may be located outside of the county. 

The foundation does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

Grants will range up to $10,000. The total amount available for all awards is $90,000. All applicants will be notified of grant allocations within six weeks of the deadline date.   

REVIEW CRITERIA

Potential for funding to increase:

  • Amount and frequency of fresh produce distribution
  • Numbers of individuals receiving fresh and healthy food
  • Evidence of additional support for the project including in-kind support
  • Ability of the applicant to reach a broad range of low-income residents including rural, elderly or residents with disabilities