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Berkshire Bank Foundation Grant - Request For Proposals (RFP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple Northeast
States to Meet Basic Human Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Berkshire Bank Foundation

Deadline Date:

Ongoing - Applications are due by the first of the month.


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont nonprofit organizations to meet basic human needs in areas where the funding source has a business presence. First-time applicants must contact program staff 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

Basic Needs:

The Foundation’s vision is that all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and economic standing have access to food, shelter and basic health care.

Desired Outcomes:
1. Individuals have access to food are fed and no one goes hungry
2. Individuals have access to safe temporary or transitional housing
3. Individuals can address their basic health needs including mental health
4. Individuals facing addiction receive quality treatment

To achieve these desired outcomes, the Foundation seeks to support specific programs that address one or more of the following:

-Food Access: Programs that increase awareness and connect individuals facing food insecurity to available resources

-Feeding Programs: Programs that provide free, nutritious meals or food to individuals in need including local food banks, feeding programs, soup kitchens and nutrition programs

-Temporary Shelter: Programs that provide free short-term emergency shelter to those in need

-Transitional Housing: Programs that provide affordable housing that are not permanent and serve as a stepping stone to long-term options for vulnerable individuals

-Quality Healthcare: Programs that provide basic quality healthcare services to low-income or homeless individuals including mental health

-Addiction Treatment: Programs that provide counseling, supportive services and treatment to those battling addiction

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182144

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for this RFP will be up to a maximum of $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
-Lobbying groups
-Religious organizations
-Private foundations
-Intermediary organizations that raise and distribute funds in their own name
-Annual memberships and annual appeals
-Underwriting support for conferences or seminars
-Scholarship Programs/Funds
-National health related organizations
-General operating support
-Staff Costs/Internship Salaries
-Capital Campaigns
-K-12 Public or Private Schools
-Public or Private Colleges & Universities

Pre-Application Information:

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.

In 2017, the Foundation will accept grant requests are accepted on a rolling basis however decisions are made in accordance with the schedule below. These requests are due by the first of the month and decisions are made by Foundation staff with input from Regional Foundation Grant Committees the following month.

-Applications Received: January 1
-Review Period: January 2 - 30
-Decision Date: February 1

-Applications Received: February 1
-Review Period: February 2 - 27
-Decision Date: March 1

-Applications Received: March 1
-Review Period: March 2 - 30
-Decision Date: April 1

-Applications Received: April 1
-Review Period: April 2 - 30
-Decision Date: May 1

-Applications Received: May 1
-Review Period: May 2 - 30
-Decision Date: June 1

-Applications Received: June 1
-Review Period: June 2 - 30
-Decision Date: July 1

-Applications Received: July 1
-Review Period: July 2 - 30
-Decision Date: August 1

-Applications Received: August 1
-Review Period: August 2 - 30
-Decision Date: September 1

-Applications Received: September 1
-Review Period: September 2 - 30
-Decision Date: October 1

-Applications Received: October 1
-Review Period: October 2 - 30
-Decision Date: November 1

-Applications Received: November 1
-Review Period: November 2 - 30
-Decision Date: December 1

-Applications Received: November 2 – January 1
-Review Period: January 2 - 30
-Decision Date: February 1

Please note that any request submitted after November 1st will not receive a funding decision until the following year. In 2018, the Foundation will move to quarterly deadlines by grant program area. Information about those deadlines will be made available in late 2017.

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

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