Foundation / Corporation
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont nonprofit organizations to enhance and promote education in areas where the funding source has a business presence. First-time applicants must submit an inquiry prior to applying.
The mission of the bank's charitable Foundation is to strengthen and improve the quality of life in communities where Berkshire Bank or its affiliates have offices by supporting important programs that will enhance opportunities for children and adults. Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. provides support in the following geographic areas in cities and towns where Berkshire Bank or its affiliates have an office:
-Massachusetts: Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties
-New York: Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Columbia, Warren, Rensselaer, Fulton, Montgomery, Onondaga, Oneida, and Herkimer Counties
-Connecticut: Hartford and Tolland Counties
-Vermont: Bennington, Rutland, and Windsor Counties
-New Jersey: Mercer and Middlesex Counties
-Pennsylvania: Bucks and Montgomery Counties
The Foundation’s vision is that all individuals have access to resources to become college, career and job ready to contribute to the economic vitality of local communities.
1. All children read at grade-level by grade three
2. All individuals have a basic understanding of their finances and have the tools they need to overcome hardships and pursue their dreams
3. All individuals have access to post-secondary education opportunities, professional training, skills development programs and real-world experience to pursue a successful career
4. All at-risk students have access to quality after-school and summer programs that enhance educational opportunities
To achieve these desired outcomes, the Foundation seeks to support specific programs that address one or more of the following:
-Reading Success: Programs that help provide access, engage students and families and ultimately change behaviors that result in increases in reading proficiency by the third grade
-Financial Capabilities: Programs that empower individuals with tools, support and coaching to learn better money habits including the importance of building credit and understanding banking basics which will help lead to short and long-term economic success
-Job Readiness: Programs that provide soft and hard skill development coupled with opportunities for career exposure including service and community engagement opportunities, internships and apprenticeships
-Workforce Development: Programs that provide training or retraining, including support services for individuals facing challenges entering or reentering the work force. Support services include career counseling, interview skills, resume-building, etc.
-Student Support: Programs that connect youth to adult or peer mentors for structured soft and hard skill development or programs that provide additional tutoring/educational support after school or during the summer months
The Foundation looks to support requests that fall within one of its grant programs. In addition to achieving the desired outcomes associated with each program, the Foundation also gives priority to the following types of requests:
- Programs and projects that benefit more than 51% low-moderate income individuals
- Programs and projects that have Berkshire Bank employee and customer involvement
- Programs and projects that offer Berkshire Bank employees opportunities to be involved through volunteer efforts and board service.
- Programs and projects with a demonstrated, tangible records of success
GrantWatch ID#: 175974
To be considered for grant funding organizations must:
-Be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Organizations that are not 501(c)(3 )are not eligible.
-Be located in or primarily provide service in a community where Berkshire Bank or its affiliates are located.
Ineligible Organizations and Requests:
-Fraternal, labor and political organizations, including fraternal orders of police and firefighters
-Intermediary organizations that raise and distribute funds in their own name
-Annual memberships and annual appeals
-Underwriting support for conferences or seminars
-National health related organizations
-General operating support
-Staff Costs/Internship Salaries
-K-12 Public or Private Schools
-Public or Private Colleges & Universities
Organizations that have not previously applied to Berkshire Bank Foundation or have not received funding in the prior calendar year are required to submit an inquiry prior to applying.
The Foundation has three deadlines for grant applications. These requests are due by the dates listed below. The Foundation recommends submitting applications well in advance of the deadline so staff can reach out to discuss proposals further.
April 1: Due Date
April 2 - May 30: Review Period
June 1: Decision Date
July 1: Due Date
July 2 - August 30: Review Period
September 1: Decision Date
October 1: Due Date
October 2 - November 30: Review Period
December 1: Decision Date
For your convenience, Berkshire Bank Foundation is excited to offer an online request process. The first time an organization applies to Berkshire Bank Foundation for support using this system they will be required to create a user name and password.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Education Grant Application:
USA: Connecticut: Hartford and Tolland Counties; Massachusetts: Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties; New Jersey: Mercer and Middlesex Counties; New York: Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Columbia, Warren, Rensselaer, Fulton, Montgomery, Onondaga, Oneida, and Herkimer Counties; Pennsylvania: Bucks and Montgomery Counties; Vermont: Bennington, Rutland, and Windsor Counties