General Organization Eligibility:
- Applying organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- Private education and religious organizations with projects that serve broad community needs.
- Must be serving residents of Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties in the Pioneer Valley.
- Must be current with all CFWM grant report requirements.
Specific eligibility criteria for programs benefiting schools:
Public Schools (Preschool through 12th grade):
-All applications must come from 501(c)(3) organizations for the benefit of public school systems, including charter schools.
-Requests for support for capital improvements, core staff salaries, or technology (hardware and software) will not be considered.
-Projects benefiting public schools (preschool through 12th grade) including charter schools, may include value-added special programming that could involve after-school and summer programs, community service projects, and extra-curricular programs.
Private Schools (Preschool through 12th grade) where 50% or more of income is generated from state, federal, or municipal funding sources:
-All applications for private school programming must come from 501(c)(3) entities.
-Requests for educational scholarships will not be considered.
-Requests may follow general grant guidelines.
For Private schools (preschool through 12th grade) where less than 50% of income is generated from state, federal or municipal funding sources:
-Projects must benefit the community beyond the school’s population.
Colleges or Universities (Public or Private):
- Requests will not be considered for operating expenses, projects, and activities, or equipment which are within the primary instructional and service responsibility of a college or university and are limited for the college, university or school faculty, staff and students.
-Requests for funding of projects and activities provided by colleges or universities must demonstrate benefit to the community; provide documentation of community involvement in the planning and the implementation of the project; and include letters of support from community organizations with their application.
Nonprofits seeking support to work directly with schools:
-Organizations must provide letters of collaboration or copies of signed agreement forms from the Principal or Superintendent of school(s) the organization will be working with during the project.
For all applicants:
Requests for educational scholarships, including higher education scholarships, will not be considered. http://communityfoundation.org/scholarships/
-General Operating Support Grants. Exceptions may be made for very small organizations that are limited in scope and only operate one program.
-Projects that were funded by CFWM less than one year prior to the new application.
-Retroactive funding for activities or expenses that have already occurred prior to the grant decision date.
-Fundraising events, the purchase of tickets for benefits, or courtesy advertising.
-Projects that seek to directly or indirectly influence legislation or election campaigns; activities related to influencing government policies, permitting or regulations will not be considered.
-Higher education scholarships. Note: CFWM offers scholarships and interest free education loans to which individuals may apply.
Only in rare circumstances and with prior approval would CFWM fund:
-Requests for academic or medical research
-Replacement of governmental or other public funding; exceptions may be made for grants bridging periods before anticipated funding;