Berkshire First Five

May 20, 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 Justice's Second Chance Act grants fund reentry services and programs to strengthen education and employment outcomes for individuals returning to their communities after a period of incarceration.

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Media Projects grants support collaboration between media producers and scholars to develop content grounded in humanities scholarship.


State Grants

A reminder that full proposals to the Community One Stop for Growth grant programs are due on or before June 5, 2024.


Grant Office Hours

Operating Grants for Organizations Office Hours

Massachusetts Cultural Council

May 22 and 30, June 7 and 11, 2024.

Small group Q&A sessions about grants which provide multi-year, unrestricted operating grants to nonprofit organizations and cultural affiliates that enrich Massachusetts’ cultural life.

More Info Here



Increasing Psychological Safety in Funder and Nonprofit Relationships

Philanthropy Massachusetts

Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon online.

Psychological safety is the ability to speak openly about ideas, questions, and concerns without fear of negative repercussions. Attend to gain insights into its importance within organizations and teams - and between funders and grantees.

Register Here.


Grant & Equity Advocacy

If you missed the in-person listening session on the Massachusetts five-year strategic statewide housing plan at Berkshire Community College last week, there is a virtual listening session on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Register here to participate.

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