South Berkshire County Fund

South Berkshire County Fund  

Grant Guidelines

In alignment with Berkshire Taconic’s vision that all residents have opportunity for economic mobility and a high quality of life, the South County Fund invites applications for pilot projects in the strategic priority area of focus identified by Berkshire Taconic:

  • Educational Attainment
    • Increasing educational attainment across the age continuum, from early childhood through adult learning, as a pathway for economic mobility within one or more of these objectives:
      • Early literacy among young children improves;
      • More lower-income youth continue education beyond high school through certificate and degree program;
      • More adults complete degree and certificate programs that help them more fully participate in the economy.

Grants will range from $1,500 to $3,000 and a total of up to $20,000 will be awarded in this grant cycle.

ELIGIBILITY

Nonprofit organizations, public entities or community groups that provide services to residents of South Berkshire County (Alford, Great Barrington, Egremont, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, Otis, New Marlborough,  Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, West Stockbridge).  Community groups may apply using a nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor.

Applications are not restricted to education-focused nonprofits.

Neither the Fund for South Berkshire County Fund 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, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

WHAT WE FUND

We invite applications for projects whose goal is to increase educational attainment across the age continuum within one or more of these objectives:

  • Early literacy among young children improves;
  • More lower-income youth continue education beyond high school through certificate and degree program;
  • More adults complete degree and certificate programs that help them more fully participate in the economy.

Collaborative proposals across sectors and organizations are encouraged and we encourage projects that will build the capacity of organizations to carry out their work in this area.  

Applicants are invited to identify outcomes that are expected to result from the proposed project.  

AWARDS

Grants will generally range from $1,500 to $3,000 and a total of up to $20,000 will be awarded. Collaborative proposals will be considered in the $3,000 to $6,000 range.  Applicants should identify clear outcomes as part of the application process.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the South Berkshire County Fund advisory committee. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below.

  • Extent of Impact: What is the potential impact of the project (numbers served and depth of impact)?
  • Quality: Is the goal of the project clear?  Does the project meet the goal? Is it the right time for this project? Does it involve qualified individuals or organizations? Is it well conceived? Is it cost effective?
  • Feasibility: Does the applicant exhibit a demonstrated capacity to initiate and successfully execute this project? Are the appropriate staff members or volunteers involved?  

The advisory committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors.