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Nonprofits receive Community Foundation grants

  • Meals are served during a community meal by the Franklin County Community Meals Program at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. File photo



Staff Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Franklin County nonprofits have received a total of $108,800 in grants from The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which recently awarded $665,200 to 45 nonprofits in the region.

There were two types of grants awarded — capital grants and capacity grants.

Capital grants help local nonprofit organizations “expand their impact by funding” new and upgraded technology, equipment and facilities, according to a press release.

Capital grants were awarded to the following local programs and organizations: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Franklin County Community Meals Program, Franklin Land Trust, Friends of the Montague Common Hall and ServiceNet.

According to a press release, capacity grants support local nonprofit effectiveness by supporting activities that “advance organizational capacity.”

Capacity grants were awarded to the following programs and organizations: 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc., Brick House Community Resource Center, Double Edge Theatre Productions, Mary Lyon Education Fund and the North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy.

“CFWM’s grant making programs focus on improving and supporting the quality of life for people in Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties,” the agency said in its press release.

Grant awards range from $4,500 to $40,000 and address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing and human services.

About 25 of the projects funded were supported by trusts administered by Bank of America. CFWM receives and reviews grant applications on behalf of Bank of America for four charitable trusts for which the bank serves as a trustee.