GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING A REQUEST
All applications must be made online via Berkshire Bank’s website application form and according to the guidelines below.
Organizations may apply for sponsorships and submit the required information. (501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations seeking funding may apply for grants through the Berkshire Bank Foundation’s application, also found by clicking here)
Funding decisions are based on available resources and the degree to which proposals meet Berkshire Bank’s sponsorship priorities and funding criteria. Completed online applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. You will be notified via email of request approval or denial.
To be considered for funding organizations must:
- Be located in or primarily provide service in Berkshire Bank's service areas.
- Submit a completed online application and provide documentation as may be requested.
- Response date deadline must be 60 or more days from your sponsorship deadline, in order to ensure that we can maximize all marketing benefits.
Berkshire Bank gives greater consideration to organizations that:
Examples of recently sponsored programs and/or organizations include
- Offer assistance and/or collaborate with existing community resources that offer programs supporting diversity, inclusion and belonging
- Evaluate on measures that ensure mutually beneficial and equitable results
- Services/event occurs within and benefits communities located in the Berkshire Bank footprint. This includes Berkshire County, Pioneer Valley, Central and Eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, Capital District and Central New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
- Events supporting diversity, inclusion & belonging
- Regional events with proceeds being donated to charitable research nonprofits
- Financial literacy programs
- Mentoring programs for at-risk students and youth
- Cultural enrichment programs in schools and museums
- Early childhood development educational programs, library programs, professional skills programs.
Any organization that has received either a charitable grant OR bank sponsorship within the current calendar year is not eligible for another contribution until the following calendar year. This guideline is intended to help encourage and ensure that agencies and organizations remain entrepreneurial in their efforts to obtain funds from a variety of funding sources.
Berkshire Bank will consider no more than one application per year from any single organization.
Berkshire Bank does not generally support the following:
1. Organizations outside of our defined market area
2. Fraternal, labor and political organizations, including fraternal orders of police and firefighters
3. Lobbying groups
4. Religious organizations
5. Private foundations
6. Intermediary organizations that raise and distribute funds in their own name
7. Annual memberships and appeals
8. Pass through donations
9. Endowments/Capital campaigns
10. Underwriting support for conferences or seminars or travel expenses
12. Scholarship Programs
13. National health related organizations
14. Advertising, fundraising or incentive programs
16. Third party solicitations
17. Organizations with limited availability to general public
18. Adult clubs, teams and/or associations
SUBMITTING AN ONLINE SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION:
Berkshire Bank’s sponsorship application process can be completed entirely online at www.berkshirebank.com/giving, within the Berkshire Bank Community Sponsorships section. The online request form includes basic organizational and contact information.
If you need assistance or have questions with your application, please click here