Grants to Support Capacity Building Initiatives

Berkshire Bank Foundation is excited to announce a grant opportunity to help non-profit organizations meet their evolving needs. Through our Capacity Building Grant RFP, Berkshire is inviting proposals that seek to build the capacity of non-profit organizations in communities served by Berkshire Bank. Proposals may seek funds for a variety of activities that will improve the organization’s performance and impact. If selected, the organization will be eligible for a grant of $5,000.
The Foundation views capacity building as what is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity. Capacity building is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today, but about the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission into the future. Examples of projects that will be considered through the grant opportunity include but are not limited to developing a communications strategy, improving program design, volunteer recruitment, enhancing corporate partnerships, upgrading technology, and accessing professional development opportunities, such as conference attendance.
To be eligible for support, organizations must be a 501c3 non-profit organization located in or directly providing services to communities served by Berkshire Bank. Organizations will have until April 30 at 11:59 pm to submit their online applications. Applying for this grant does not preclude an organization from other potential grant opportunities with Berkshire Bank Foundation.

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Review & Decisions
All submissions will be reviewed by a group of Berkshire Bank employee volunteers as part of their Xtraordinary Day of Service on June 5, 2019. Employee volunteers will evaluate each submission using an electronic scoring system. Each submission will be reviewed a minimum of three times, with the average of these scores serving as the final score. All organizations will receive notification of final decisions by June 30, with the winners receiving their funds shortly thereafter. Please note that all winning organizations will be required to submit a report at the end of the year detailing their progress and the impact of this grant on their organization.

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