Barrett Fund - Public Service Award Guidelines

William J. & Margery S. Barrett public service award for Adams Cheshire & Savoy

Grant Guidelines


Nominations for individuals who have a strong community commitment, a generous spirit and make a significant contribution to the towns of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy, MA through paid or volunteer work.


The Margery and William Barrett Public Service Award is a project of the Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy to acknowledge and support good citizenship among individuals in these communities. The Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy was established at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 1995 by Margery Barrett to support projects that enhance the quality of life for the residents in those communities.

The Margery and William Barrett Public Service Award was established in 2000 to commemorate the extraordinary generosity of Margery Barrett who gave over $3 million during and after her lifetime to benefit the communities of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.

The Barrett award is given annually to an individual who has given above and beyond the call of duty to the communities of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy through their paid or volunteer work.

About Margery Barrett 
Margery Barrett, who initiated the Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy, was born on July 11, 1910 and moved to Adams as a child. She graduated from the former Adams High School in 1927 and from the former North Adams Normal School (now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in 1929.

Mrs. Barrett was an integral part of the community she loved. She served as a teacher in both the Conway School System and former Howland Avenue School and later as a substitute teacher in Adams. She was a member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and of its guild, where she was president for six years, a member of its Altar Guild and a former Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the Adams’ Girls Club.

On June 30, 1934 she married William Barrett, with whom she shared her life in Adams until he died on February 4, 1969. She and William were both accomplished photographers. She was a member of the Photographic Society of America, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, past president of the Northern Berkshire Camera Club, and past vice president of the New England Camera Club. Margery Barrett died on April 3, 2000 at the age of 89.


Nominations are sought from individuals, members of the public, staff or board members of nonprofit organizations, community organizations or public agencies that provide services to the citizens of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy. Nominees should have made a significant contribution to the towns of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy by either breaking new ground or improving the economic, educational, civic, cultural or social fabric of the community. Nominees should be of generous spirit and evidence strong community commitment. Nominations may be made on behalf of self or another person.

Submit a brief (two pages max) narrative to, which includes a detailed description and documentation of the nominee’s achievements. Give evidence of the nominee’s leadership, perseverance, innovation and impact on the community. Let us know of any significant challenges that the nominee has overcome to achieve his or her goals.


The selected nominee will be asked to designate a nonprofit organization to receive a cash award of $1,000 in his or her name.


The committee will review nominations according to the following criteria:

  • Impact of the nominee’s work on the community
  • The nominee’s leadership, perseverance and innovation

Nominations will be reviewed by the Margery and William Barrett Award Committee, a committee of residents active in community affairs appointed annually by Berkshire Taconic. Their recommendations will be approved by the Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy Committee.




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Barrett Fund

In addition to the Public Service Award, the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies and community organizations that provide services to residents of these towns.