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Franklin County nonprofits get a slice of $1.2M

GREENFIELD — Twenty-nine Franklin County nonprofits have been awarded a slice of more than $1.2 million in grants from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The Community Foundation awards competitive grants each year with funds targeting projects addressing community needs inclusive of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Franklin County nonprofits received $250,000 of the total money for 99 organizations across the Pioneer Valley. Hampden County nonprofits received a total $774,800, while Hampshire County received $202,300.

Award recipients include Arms Library Association Inc., Brick House Community Resource Center Inc., Center for New Americans, Cooperative Fund of New England, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Inc., Franklin County Community Development Corp., Franklin County Community Meals Program Inc., the Academy at Charlemont and Montague Catholic Social Ministries Inc., among several others.

Over 60 of the projects funded were supported by trusts administered by Bank of America. The Community Foundation receives and reviews grant applications on behalf of BOA for four charitable trusts for which the bank serves as a trustee.

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