Berkshire First Five

June 17, 2024

The First Five from Berkshire Funding Focus includes a mix of content for nonprofits, municipalities, schools, and businesses.   See the BFF website for more - or contact


Federal Grants

Small Business Administration grant opportunities for nonprofits:


State Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a new Grant Central Community Grants Portal of available grants and how to apply.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs) support citizen involvement in the disposal site assessment and cleanup process.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Connecting Activities Grant supports regional career readiness for high schools and high school students.



Philanthropy Massachusetts: Get to Know Us!

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Join Philanthropy MA staff as they walk through the varied programs and services they provide as Massachusetts’ statewide philanthropy serving organization.

Register Here



Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - Rescheduled!

Center for Women and Enterprise

Wednesday, August 14, 2024, from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company. 

Register Here.


Grant & Equity Advocacy

Health Resources in Action, selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Environmental Justice Thriving Community Grantmaking Program for our region, seeks Governance Council members ( and Anchor Organizations. Please respond by July 1, 2024.

About Berkshire Funding Focus

Berkshire Funding Focus (BFF), a regional initiative housed at BRPC, supports Berkshire County towns, businesses, nonprofits, and schools seeking state and federal funds to aid with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Learn more here:


Have questions? Contact Recovery Grant Specialist Karen Pelto. We look forward to helping you find opportunities and resources that are right for you.

Berkshire Funding Focus