The Equity Initiative Fund is dedicated to supporting BIPOC-owned, BIPOC-centering, or BIPOC-led organizations. Cultural Workers, leaders, artists and entrepreneurs may also apply as individuals for micro grants. This grant opportunity is one component of BTCF's Equity Initiative.


Nonprofits, community groups or coalitions with fiscal sponsorship, within the Berkshire Taconic region (Columbia and Northeast Dutchess Counties, N.Y., Berkshire County, MA, and the Northwest Corner of Litchfield County, Conn.,) may be eligible to receive funding on a case by case basis; Micro grants for cultural workers, leaders, artists, entrepreneurs will require a W9. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color-led initiatives for the Equity Fund; Leadership Development and Community Engagement programs should demonstrate inclusivity and potential for impact. 


Key areas of focus for the Equity Fund include:

  • Racial and Social Justice: Programs that address racial disparities and promote social justice.
  • Economic Empowerment: Initiatives that create economic opportunities and reduce income inequality.
  • Educational Equity: Projects that ensure equal access to quality education for all students.
  • Health Equity: Efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes for marginalized communities.
  • Leadership Development: Supporting emerging and new leaders and leveraging our collective brilliance to mentor each other.


    The average for BTCF Grants is $10K; Equity Fund Requests Exceeding $10K will be considered by the Leadership Advisory  Committee.


    Complete the application using this link or by using the button below. You will first need to create a profile. This fund's participatory grantmaking application process includes these components:

  • Rolling deadline. Decisions are made by community representatives; outcomes communicated within three months.
  • Minimal application requirements: Initial summary of proposed Equity Fund project with associated budget or cost of initiative followed by an in-person conversation in community with other applicants. Organizations seeking general operating support should submit an organizational budget.
  • Six-month Cycle: Applicants can resubmit after 6 months. Funded applicants must have completed their follow up. Applicants that did not receive funding should have a feedback session before reapplying for the same projects.


  • Alignment with the Equity Initiative's focus areas.
  • Demonstrated leadership or commitment in community and racial equity.
  • Sustainable impact, particularly in leadership development and community engagement.


    A basic summary of how funding was used, outcomes and lessons learned. A community celebratory event will take place to discuss progress, impact, and community feedback.

  • Access to pre-application workshops, Q&A sessions, and staff assistance.
  • Leadership development resources and mentorship opportunities.
  • Continuous Improvement: The Equity Initiative Fund is dedicated to evolving its approach based on community input, ensuring a responsive and inclusive grant making process. 
  • Commitment to non-discrimination and inclusivity in program delivery and organizational practices.

    These guidelines reflect the Equity Initiative's commitment to supporting BIPOC leadership, fostering emergent leadership in diverse communities, and engaging youth in a forward-thinking exchange of ideas.



Alÿcia Bacon
Community Engagement Officer, Equity & Inclusion


Columbia, Berkshire, Northeast Dutchess, Northwest Litchfield

Interest Area


Grant Amount

The Average for BTCF Grants is $10K; Requests Exceeding $10K will be considered by the Leadership Advisory Committee.



How To Apply