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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to
Address Food Insecurity in the Wake of the Coronavirus Crisis

CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Food Security Program - Berkshire County

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Deadline Date:

06/17/22

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to address food insecurity in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying and are asked to contact staff prior to submitting an LOI. Funding is intended to respond to the critical needs of income-eligible individuals and families experiencing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, food banks or pantries; food delivery and/or pickup programs; food suppliers and other food access programs; or other entities that serve the residents of Berkshire County.

The goal of the grant program is to help with capital expenses and projects aimed at expanding and/or improving the capacity of food provision programs to deliver services and address food security needs related to the impacts of the pandemic. Eligible projects include refrigerators, freezers, refrigerated trucks, forklifts, shelving, etc. 

Activities must meet applicable CDBG-CV requirements, which include that grantees use the funding to support a public service by either:  

  • Establishing a new service; or 
  • Expanding a program that results in a quantifiable increase in the level of service above that which has been provided as a result of COVID-19. This requirement is intended to prevent the substitution of CDBG funds from this grant program for other recent grants using local or state funds for public services provided by the grant recipient.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202541

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must conclude by March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified 501(c)(3) organizations working on food security in Berkshire County are eligible to apply for these grants.

In addition, qualified 501(c)(3) organizations applying must:
- Have a history of serving those experiencing food insecurity in Berkshire County
- Have a history of serving low-income and historically under-resourced communities
- Have a history of serving populations whose economic hardship has been exacerbated by COVID-19 -
- Have the ability to conduct outreach to identify individuals and households that qualify for assistance; and
- Have the ability to be part of a reimbursement grant program, or provide evidence of costs that will be incurred. For example, applicants may:
1. Complete the purchase of items and materials for their project and request reimbursement through this grant program, or
2. Provide invoices for items and materials that have not yet been purchased, and request funding through this grant program to pay those invoices.

Each project funded must be able to demonstrate that at least 51% of the persons being provided assistance qualify as having low or moderate-income (up to 80% of area median income).

Capital expenses may not be used for improvements to a property or building, also known as “bricks and mortar.”

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: June 17 for letters of intent and applications.

Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full application by June 17 and attend an informational session.

How to Apply: Prospective applicants are asked to email Emily Bronson prior to developing a letter of intent.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs to Emily Bronson at ebronson@berkshiretaconic.org.

Emily Bronson, Senior Community Engagement Officer
ebronson@berkshiretaconic.org
413.229.0370 x 109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Berkshire County

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