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Green Pastures Fund Grant

Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York Nonprofits
and Agencies to Support Local Agricultural Ventures

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) - Green Pastures Fund

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York nonprofit organizations and public agencies in eligible areas to preserve and encourage community-based agricultural ventures. Funding is intended for both new and ongoing projects. Eligible regions include northwest Litchfield County, Connecticut; Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties, New York; and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

The fund’s mission is to preserve and encourage small, community-based agricultural ventures which might include, but are not limited to: community-supported agriculture; local farmers’ markets; urban garden programs; agricultural scholarships; cooperative programming; internships; grantwriting; and marketing.

All applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Quality: How worthy is the project? Is it the right time for this project? Does it involve qualified individuals and organizations? Is it well conceived? Does it fit well with other related activities and regional priorities?
  • Impact: What is the potential of the project to serve as a catalyst for action? Does it engage the community? Will it make a meaningful difference in the quality of the region’s resources?
  • Ability: Can the applicant complete the project? Does the organization exhibit a demonstrated capacity to initiate and successfully execute similar projects? Are the appropriate staff members or volunteers involved? Is the staff/group capable and stable enough to perform the tasks necessary to complete the proposed project?
  • Grant Impact: If the proposed grant is not received, will this project either be severely curtailed or not provided at all?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178059

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

No project will be funded for more than 3 consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations or public entities within the Berkshire Taconic region that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures are eligible to apply.

- Proposals are considered for new or ongoing projects of non-profit organizations or public agencies. Community groups that are not incorporated may apply using another nonprofit as a fiscal agent.
- Preference will be given to projects that can show additional sources of funding or in-kind support.
- Grantees must wait twelve months before applying for another grant from the fund.

The Foundation does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

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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Please contact if you have questions.

For information about the foundation's overall grantmaking:

Maeve O’Dea
Program Director
413.229.0370 x 111

Amy Taylor
Community Engagement Officer for Education
413.229.0370 x 107

For questions about the application processes or how to claim your award:
Brandon Williams
Grants Coordinator
413.229.0370 x 115

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Northwest Litchfield County ;   Massachusetts: Berkshire County;   New York: Columbia and Northeast Dutchess Counties

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