Berkshire First Five

June 10, 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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks proposals for Composting and Food Waste Reduction pilot projects.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' create placemaking grants program that advances local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.


State Grants

The Massachusetts Building Electrification Accelerator offers seed grants to local teams advancing building retrofits in environmental justice communities.

Planning Assistance Grants support municipal efforts to plan, regulate (zone), and act to conserve and develop land consistent with Massachusetts' Sustainable Development Principles.



Assisting Small Businesses thru

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

Join USDA for a virtual training with the General Services Administration to obtain hands-on assistance with your questions and challenges.

Register Here



Legal Considerations for New Business Owners

Center for Women and Enterprise

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30 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

The U.S. Department of Transportation hosts an Equity in Roadway Safety Webinar Series. The next live webinar, Roadway Safety for People Experiencing Homelessness, will be held on September 4, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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