United Bank Foundation Massachusetts Grants of $5,000 or more

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas for Community and Economic Development

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United Bank Foundation Massachusetts


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations where the Funding Source has a presence for community and economic development programs that benefit underserved individuals and families. Eligible areas include Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee, Feeding Hills, Longmeadow, Westfield, Huntington, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, Holyoke, and Indian Orchard.

Priority is given to:

- Organizations and programs whose mission benefits disadvantaged and/or low to moderate income individuals and families
- Organizations and programs that have United Bank employee or customer involvement

Special consideration will be given to programs in the areas of:

- Affordable Housing: Programs that provide access to housing for families and individuals by providing credit counseling/credit repair, financial literacy education.
- Community Service: Investments in health care, education, job training, work-force development, childcare, credit services or financial services.
- Economic Development: Programs that support or benefit small businesses, small farms and job creation efforts.
- Neighborhood Revitalization or stabilization: Programs which attract or retain business or individuals to low to moderate income geographies distressed or underserved areas (as designated by the federal, state, local or tribal governments) or disaster areas.

Additional areas of interest:

- Education: Initiatives at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels that raise the aspirations of students in the Community, support early literacy as well as initiatives that support the education process.
- Health and Human Services: Programs that are essential to the underlying medical care of the Community. Initiatives that focus on physical and mental wellness and provide access to the services needed for economic self-sufficiency.
- Youth Programs: Programs that assist in improving the quality of life for children in the Community or programs that foster education, learning, and leadership as well as build early literacy skills.
- Cultural Programs: Programs that assist in enriching the quality of life for residents of the Community by cultivating an appreciation of the art, music, museums, libraries, and other cultural resources.

The Foundation will consider supporting projects and initiatives that meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Are directly related to the Foundation’s priorities and areas of interest stated above
- Include a strategy for leveraging other resources and support from the region
- Produce cost-effective results that can be measured and evaluated
- Provide incentive and stimulation for the private and public sectors to work together in community problem solving
- Encourage coordination and collaboration with other efforts
- Advance innovative and long term strategies that will address recognized needs
- Demonstrate an ability to be sustainable or to obtain future funding if needed

Requests should be over $5,000.

- Applicants must be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non- profit or have “public charity” status or its equivalent.
- Applicants must be located in or provide service in a community served by United Bank. To find a location, see the link in Grant Coverage Areas below.
- The Foundation will generally consider request for support from organizations every other year.
- The Foundation will not consider multiple requests to support the same program from the same organization in consecutive years.
- Organizations should not make application to both the MA and CT Foundation.
- Organizations receiving funds from the United Bank sponsorship program are not eligible to apply for a grant from United Bank Foundation MA or United Bank Foundation CT in the same calendar year.

The Foundations do not support the following types of organizations and requests even if an applicant meets all other eligibility and grant-making criteria above:

- Fraternal, labor and political organizations or lobbying groups
- Individuals
- Staff costs/salaries/benefits or internship stipends
- National health organizations (MA only)
- Religious organizations (MA only)
- Requests made by city/state departments or quasi-government (city or state) agencies for capital projects. (MA only)

The Foundation boards meet quarterly in February, May, September, and December to review grant proposals of $5,000 or more. Applications for grants of $5,000 or more are due on or before the 15th of January, April, August, and November.

In some cases, site visits will be scheduled before funding decisions are made.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send the completed grant application form, attachments and supporting documentation to:

Dena M. Hall, President
United Bank Foundation MA/ United Bank Foundation CT
95 Elm Street, P.O. Box 9020
West Springfield, MA 01090-9020

Please contact the Foundation Office at 413-787-1237 with any questions, or email

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USA: Massachusetts: Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee, Feeding Hills, Longmeadow, Westfield, East Longmeadow, Huntington, Ludlow, Holyoke, and Indian Orchard

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