Comm. Foundation of Western Massachusetts Grants $768K

August 12, 2017 — The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, based in Springfield, yesterday announced it awarded $768,500 to 45 organizations serving the Pioneer Valley relating to arts and culture, economic development, education, the environment, health, housing, and human services.

The awards, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 were decided by community volunteers who reviewed grant applications, according to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM).

“I never fail to be impressed by the types of projects we see, and the talent and commitment of the nonprofit organizations doing important work to enhance our community,” said Elizabeth Sillin, CFWM trustee vice chair and chair of the Distribution Committee. “It’s a pleasure to be part of the CFWM volunteer group that is determining how best to support the remarkable work happening around us. All of us at the Community Foundation are proud to help make such positive change in our region.”

Receiving the grants, averaging $17,000, were the following:
  • Art Garden, Shelburne Falls
  • Better Homes, Springfield
  • Center for Human Development - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Amherst
  • Blues to Green, Huntington
  • Boys & Girls Club Family Center, Springfield
  • Center for EcoTechnology, Pittsfield
  • Chester Theatre Company, Chester
  • Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton
  • Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Holyoke
  • Community Legal Aid, Worcester
  • Eggtooth Productions, Greenfield
  • Empty Arms Bereavement Support, Florence
  • Gateway Educational Foundation, Huntington
  • Girls on the Run Western MA, Northampton
  • Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, West Springfield
  • Grow Food Northampton, Northampton
  • Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst
  • Kistner Foundation, Ashfield
  • LifePath, Greenfield
  • Link to Libraries, East Longmeadow
  • Longmeadow Historical Society, Longmeadow
  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Boston
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Northampton
  • Mohawk Trail Concerts, Shelburne Falls
  • Center for Human Development - Not Bread Alone, Amherst
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council - Open Pantry Community Services, Springfield
  • Partners for a Healthier Community, Springfield
  • Pathlight, Springfield
  • Springfield Jewish Community Center - Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Springfield
  • Raising A Reader MA, Boston
  • Reach Out and Read, Boston
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation, Springfield
  • Rise Above Foundation, Northbridge
  • Safe Passage, Northampton
  • Springfield Museums Corporation, Springfield
  • Stand For Children Massachusetts, Boston
  • Stop It Now, Northampton
  • The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, Springfield
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Hatfield
  • The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
  • The Nolumbeka Project, Greenfield
  • The Performance Project, Springfield
  • UP Education Network, Boston
  • Valley Radio Reading Service, Springfield
  • Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America, Westfield
The Pioneer Valley spans 25 communities in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts, from Holland and Brimfield in the east to Tolland in the west, to Granby and Chester in the north.