Berkshire Cider Project Photo Credit by Makayla McGeeney

The Lee Bank Foundation awards $70,700 to 13 Berkshire organizations

Lee – The Lee Bank Foundation awarded $70,700 to thirteen Berkshire-area organizations for their second round of 2022 community funding. Recipients received grants ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 to support their local programming.

The following organizations have received funding from the Lee Bank Foundation: Berkshire Black Economic Council; South Berkshire Regional Community Center; Berkshire premium; community health programs; Construction; Elizabeth Freeman Center; Flying Cloud Institute; Goodwill from the Berkshires and southern Vermont; Link to libraries; Southern Community Pantry. In addition, Arts Access Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the Berkshire Theater Group, BODYSONNET and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

The deadline for the next 2022 Foundation funding round is September 1. The application and more information can be found on the Community impact section of the Lee Bank website (https://www.leebank.com/community-impact/donations-sponsorships.html) To be considered for grants, applicants must be a nonprofit (501)(c)(3) organization. Applicants are only eligible for funding once per 12 month period.

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WallaSauce and Conscientious Cloth open in North Adams

North Adams WallaSauce and conscientious fabric are celebrating their opening as the second and third businesses in the North Berkshire Pop-Up pilot program. On Friday, July 8 at 1 p.m., join them for a “Cheers to Downtown” at 77 Main Street, North Adams. Listen to the two business owners discuss and find out what their businesses will do in the future. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.

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Berkshire Economic Recovery Project launches training module

Berkshire County – Berkshire’s Economic Recovery Project is launching a module to boost certifications for women- and minority-owned businesses. This training module, which will be available in English and Spanish, provides an overview of what it means to be a certified business and how certification can help support small businesses in the Berkshires.

Interested businesses can also schedule a free intake consultation with 1Berkshire’s economic development team. 1Berkshire is a national organization focused on economic development.

Businesses and business owners are welcome to visit the W/MBE module page at https://bit.ly/3yff8zP for more information and to view the recordings.

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BFAIR Community Event Raised $31,000

North Adams – On June 11, BFAIR held a successful community event at its first annual summer kickoff festival that raised $31,000. 34 sponsors and 28 in-kind donations from local businesses enabled BFAIR to have a fun-filled day of music, food, games and activities. Over $3,000 in prizes and raffles, including BFAIR-Way Tournament winners were given away.

To learn more about BFAIR: www.bfair.org.

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Photo credit: Sylvie Rosokoff

The Famous Berkshire Cider Project

North Adams — The Berkshire Cider Project celebrates its second anniversary with the release of the second vintage of community-sourced wild and donated hard cider. Everyone who donated apples to the project will receive a complementary cider as a “thank you” for their commitment and enthusiasm. All are welcome to stop by the Berkshire Cider Project tasting room and bottle store to try a drink and pick up a bottle to share.

On July 14, the Berkshire Cider Project will host an upcoming cider house dinner at Hancock Shaker Village. This will celebrate the third vintage of hard cider produced from apples grown and fermented at the North Adams cider house.

For more information on the Berkshire Cider Project: https://www.berkshire-cider.com/

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Ciana Barnaba, BAV Project Manager (centre) with North Adams Farmers Market Managers Meghan Daly (left) and Jade Schnauber (right)

North Adams Farmer’s Market Receives $30,000 Grant

Greater Barrington— Berkshire Agricultural Ventures provided a $30,000 grant to the North Adams Farmers Marketone of nine”Market Match” grants totaling $100,000 to area markets.

Market Match Fund grants allow farmers’ markets to match Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits up to $30, giving SNAP recipients up to $60 to purchase fresh produce and local products, meat, dairy products and prepared foods. The grants will help alleviate food insecurity for low-income families while increasing sales for local farmers and food producers.

For more information on BAV’s low-interest loans, grants, and technical assistance, please contact us at [email protected] or (413) 645-3594.

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Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire receives $25,000 grant

Great Barrington – The South Berkshire Community Development Corporation announces that it has received two grants from local banks, totaling $25,000.

Berkshire Bank has approved a $20,000 grant to support the CDCSB in its work to create affordable housing and economic development opportunities. Salisbury Bank has also approved a contribution of $5,000.

The CDCSB has developed over 140 affordable housing units and over 40 additional units under construction with community garden and green space plans. CDCSB’s SBTA program has helped more than 43 companies launch, pivot or stabilize, and helped secure nearly $1 million in funding for these companies.

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