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Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, through a volunteer driven process, supports a broad range of projects addressing community needs for the residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.

The deadline for Competitive GRants for 2014 haspassed . The awards for this cycle will be announced by early July 2014. While there is only one grant cycle for 2014 the total amount for grants to nonprofits for the year will not be reduced. Valley Gives 2014 will provide another opportunity for nonprofits to receive grants from the Foundation.

We decided to have only one grant cycle this year, so that we may use the time to develop a grantmaking plan for 2015 that will be in line with our strategic plan, developed last year, and that is shaped, in part, by the feedback we have been gathering from local nonprofits.

We engaged with the Center of Effective Philanthropy to undertake a survey of nonprofits about our grantmaking. Many thanks to those of you who participated. This data, along with the feedback we have received through our grantmaking and through Valley Gives will help inform a work group that is currently meeting to develop the plan for 2015. The work group is comprised of staff members and volunteers who represent our board of Trustees, Distribution Committee and Philanthropic Services Committee.

Next fall we anticipate announcing a plan for 2015 that will be more responsive to the needs of our local nonprofits, and that will have greater impact for our community.

As we work diligently this year toward shaping and strengthening our work and grantmaking for the future, we look forward to your continued input.





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Contact the Grants Staff

If you have questions about the competitive grants process, please contact Sheila Toto, Program Officer, or Nancy Reiche, Vice President for Programs at 413-732-2858 or