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Fund for Williamstown - Grants for Operational Relief

Grant Guidelines

INTRODUCTION

The Fund for Williamstown invites applications for a competitive grant cycle for nonprofits serving vulnerable residents and their families in Williamstown, Mass. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, vital organizations are facing threats to their existence, while the demands for their services are increasing. The committee has decided this year to focus on the organizations meeting the needs of our neighbors caused by the effects of the pandemic. We feel strongly that our trusted nonprofits need financial support now to sustain services, absorb future challenges and provide programs for all residents, from newborns to seniors.

While the fund has traditionally supported projects and programs, this one-time opportunity will provide unrestricted general operating support funding to help established nonprofits continue to achieve their mission and impact and allow for planning and recovery. These grants are flexible and allow funds to support an organization’s ongoing administrative and infrastructure costs and to maintain existing, effective programs. Services and programs include those that improve the quality of life in Williamstown, and especially those that address critical needs such as food/housing, health care (including mental health care) and child care.

WHO CAN APPLY

Nonprofits and community organizations serving the residents of Williamstown. Community groups may apply under the fiscal umbrella of a nonprofit organization.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be operating as a nonprofit organization for at least one year with 501(c)(3) status or an established fiscal sponsorship arrangement with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Actively engaged in planning for the future
  • Able to demonstrate financial resiliency

Neither the Fund for Williamstown nor Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation supports 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/gender identity socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

The fund has $43,000 available to award, with at least $5,000 available to alleviate food insecurity. Grants are expected to be generally in the $2,500 to $5,000 range.

This program will not fund:

  • Annual funds, capital campaigns or endowments
  • Expenses that have already been incurred
  • Bricks and mortar
  • Private operating foundations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Religious organizations (please note grants may be made to support non-religious, community-focused programs provided through faith-based organizations)

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the Fund for Williamstown advisory committee. Decisions will be made based on where grants can have the largest impact and leverage. The selected recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below.

  • Community Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service? What needs does it address? Is it a critical program or initiative at this time? How does it engage the community? Does it foster trust and collaborative civic participation?
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Priority will be given to projects serving marginalized, underserved and under-resourced populations, including communities of color, low-income, geographically isolated, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, refugees, and immigrants.  We believe in projects that develop and maintain community connections and look for organizations that incorporate diverse cultures, philosophies and experiences across their programming.
  • Caliber: Is the proposal well-conceived? Is it innovative and/or creative? Does it involve individuals or organizations with relevant experience? Is it cost effective?
  • Feasibility: Can the applicant demonstrate the capacity to initiate and successfully complete the project? Will there be appropriate staff members or volunteers involved?

REPORTING

An assessment of the project’s outcomes will be required once the program or service funded is completed and before any future applications are considered. The Fund for Williamstown’s goal is to insure the most effective programs and services for the grants and dollar amounts given.

Award

Up to $5,000


Deadlines

April 15


How to Apply

Please read these important instructions.

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