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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Announces Grant Deadlines

SHEFFIELD — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2016. Covering the period from April through June, the spring cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, students, schools, and community members.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports projects and programs that encourage people to learn about Judaism with an aim to dispel religious prejudice, bias, and intolerance. Grants of $500 will be awarded. Applications are due April 1.

The Fund for Williamstown’s DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes organizations, institutions, businesses, or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

Berkshire Taconic administers 30 individual scholarship funds for students in Berkshire County who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or graduate program. Scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $10,000 and support a variety of academic interests, including engineering, history, nursing, and more. Many scholarship funds offer annual grants to students throughout the course of their undergraduate or graduate careers, provided that the recipient continues to meet the fund’s requirements. All scholarship applications are due April 1, unless otherwise noted. To see a full list of Berkshire County scholarships, visit www.berkshiretaconic.org/berkshirescholarships.

Eight education enrichment funds will award grants to individual schools and school districts in Berkshire County this spring. Grants of up to $5,000 will support extracurricular projects to inspire and engage students: field trips, artists in residence, travel grants, robotics and nutrition programs, and more. Application deadlines are from April 1 to June 30. To see a full list of education enrichment funds and their deadlines, visit www.berkshiretaconic.org/berkshireeducationenrichment.

The William J. & Margery S. Barrett Public Service Award for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy celebrates individuals who make a significant contribution to the well-being of these towns through paid or volunteer work. Nominations are due May 1. The selected nominee will be allowed to designate a nonprofit organization to receive a cash award of $1,000 in his or her name.

For the grant-application process, visit www.berkshiretaconic.org/searchgrants. For the scholarship-application process, visit www.berkshiretaconic.org/searchscholarships.

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