September 20, 2019
 
Comm. Foundation of Western Massachusetts Awards $1.3M

December 31, 2016 — The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, based in Springfield, this week announced it recently awarded $1,306,600 to dozens of nonprofits in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties to support projects that address arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing, and human services.

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts said individual grants ranged from $3,700 to $30,000.

One $30,000 matching grant, made as part of the foundation’s Challenge Program, will support a capital campaign undertaken by Berkshire Hills Music Academy. Other grants included:
  • $20,000 to the Center for New Americans to support the training of staff and volunteers who work annually with immigrants living in the Pioneer Valley on immigration legal issues.

  • $25,000 to Dakin Pioneer Valley Human Society, Inc. for masonry repairs to the exterior of the organization’s Springfield location.

  • $25,000 to Community Music School of Springfield for the children’s chorus music program.

  • $25,000 to Baystate Health Foundation for the new surgical center at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
“These grants are a tremendous investment in our community and in the nonprofits that under take this important work. We are fortunate to have generous donors and committed volunteers to make this investment possible,” said Community Foundation Senior Program Officer Sheila Toto.

A 13-member committee and 12 project reviewers evaluated 109 applications for funding requests totaling more than $2.1 million. A total of 77 organizations received funding as follows:

Franklin County: $189,100 awarded to:
  • Baystate Health Foundation
  • Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative
  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters Association of Franklin County
  • Center for New Americans
  • Charlemont Federated Church
  • Collaborative for Educational Services
  • Community Action of the Franklin Hampshire & North Quabbin Regions
  • Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Double Edge Theatre Productions
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Franklin County Community Development Corp.
  • Franklin County Community Meals Program
  • Franklin Land Trust
  • Friends of Children
  • May Institute
  • Northampton Center for the Arts
  • Northeast Center for Youth and Families
  • Quabbin Mediation
  • Team IMPACT
  • The Literacy Project
  • Trustees of Mount Holyoke College
  • Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
  • Young @ Heart Chorus
Hampden County: $850,400 awarded to:
  • Action Centered Tutoring Services
  • Amherst Cinema Arts Center
  • Bay
  • Path University
  • Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
  • Center for Human Development
  • Center for New Americans
  • Chicopee Boys and Girls Club
  • Collaborative for Educational Services
  • Commonwealth Corporation Foundation
  • Community Education Project
  • Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
  • Community Music School of Springfield
  • Community Roots Neighborhood Services
  • Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
  • DevelopSpringfield Corporation
  • Double Edge Theatre Productions
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Five Colleges, Incorporated
  • Franklin County Community Development Corp.
  • Friends of Children
  • Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts
  • Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
  • Hilltown Community Health Centers
  • Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra
  • Holyoke Health Center
  • Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts
  • JoinedForces
  • Kestrel Land Trust
  • Leadership Pioneer Valley
  • Ludlow Boys & Girls Club
  • May Institute
  • Milestone Ministries
  • National Conference for Community and Justice of CT & W. MA
  • New England Dairy and Food Council
  • New England Public Radio Foundation
  • Northampton Academy of Music
  • Northeast Center for Youth and Families
  • Operation Outreach-USA
  • Peace Development Fund
  • Press Pass TV
  • Quaboag Hills Community Coalition
  • Roca
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter
  • South End Community Center
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Springfield Day Nursery Corporation
  • Springfield Rescue Mission
  • Team IMPACT
  • Tech Foundry
  • The Shriners Hospital for Children - Springfield
  • Third Sector New England
  • Treehouse Foundation
  • Trustees of Mount Holyoke College
  • Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
  • Westfield Athenaeum
  • Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
  • Worcester State Foundation
  • Young @ Heart Chorus
Hampshire County: $267,100 awarded to:
  • All Out Adventures
  • Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative
  • Berkshire Hills Music Academy
  • Center for New Americans
  • Collaborative for Educational Services
  • Community Action of the Franklin Hampshire & North Quabbin Regions
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital Health Care Corp.
  • Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Double Edge Theatre Productions
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Franklin County Community Development Corp.
  • Friends of Children
  • Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals
  • Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River
  • Hampshire Community United Way
  • Hilltown Community Health Centers
  • Kestrel Land Trust
  • May Institute
  • National Conference for Community and Justice of CT & W. MA
  • Northampton Academy of Music
  • Northeast Center for Youth and Families
  • Quaboag Hills Community Coalition
  • ServiceNet
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Team IMPACT
  • The Literacy Project
  • Treehouse Foundation
  • Trustees of Mount Holyoke College
  • Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
  • Young @ Heart Chorus

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