Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, community organizations or civic entities that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy, MA.


The William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy was initially created by Margery Barrett in 1995. Mrs. Barrett was born in North Adams on July 11, 1910 and moved to Adams as a child. She graduated from the former Adams High School in 1927 and from the former North Adams Normal School (now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in 1929. She was a teacher in the Conway School System and the former Howland Avenue School in Adams. She married William Barrett, with whom she shared her life in Adams until he died in 1969.

In 1995, Mrs. Barrett, with the help of her attorney, used Pfizer stock (inherited from her father and husband, both of whom had worked at Specialty Minerals) to establish the fund through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and to increase her income through a charitable remainder trust. The Fund awarded grants anonymously for several years, giving her the joy of seeing her generosity support organizations around her. Upon Mrs. Barrett’s death in 2000, the remainder of the trust was added to the Fund and, at her instruction, her name was publicly announced for the first time. Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is proud to serve as steward for the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy, seeking to improve the quality of life for the residents of those communities, today and in years to come.

The fund is an ongoing resource that works across town borders to support innovative projects and services for the maximum benefit of the residents of these towns, with particular emphasis on low income and/or underserved adults and children.


Projects that benefit the community in any of the following areas will be considered: arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and social services. Requests will be considered for projects, programs, capital improvements and general operating support. Projects that have received prior support from the Barrett Fund may reapply.

Nonprofits, teachers, students or parents may apply for projects that enhance the educational experience for the children of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy and that are not eligible for funding from the Adams Cheshire Educational (ACE) Partnership Fund. Requests must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal or superintendent.

Public agencies may apply for projects that enrich the experience of their communities or offer additional opportunities for public improvements. Please note that grants are not intended to replace tax dollars.

The Barrett Fund does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief. We believe in projects that develop and maintain community connections and look for organizations that incorporate diverse cultures, philosophies and experiences across their programming.


The number and size of grants awarded will depend on the amount of funding available from the Barrett Fund, as well as the number and quality of applications received. The Barrett Fund Committee may decide to award only a few large grants if a project is deemed to be of seminal importance to the Adams, Cheshire, Savoy community. All grants will require a one-to-one match either in cash, services or in-kind donations. Berkshire Taconic reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.


An assessment of the project’s outcomes will be required once the program or service funded is complete, and before any future applications are submitted to the Barrett Fund for funding. Interim reports may be required for multi-year grants. The Barrett Fund strives to ensure the most effective programs and services for the grants awarded.


Applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the Barrett Fund Committee. This committee is comprised of residents of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy who are active in community affairs. The selected recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors. Selections are based on the review criteria stated below:

  • Quality: How worthy is the project? Is it the right time for this project? Does it involve qualified individuals or organizations? Is it well conceived? Does it fit well with other related activities and priorities? Is it cost effective?
  • Extent of Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service on the community? Does it engage the community? Does it address an unmet need in the community? Is it a critical program or initiative at this time?
  • Feasibility: Can the applicant complete the project? Does the organization or individual exhibit a demonstrated capacity to initiate and successfully execute similar projects? Are the appropriate staff members or volunteers involved? Is the staff/group capable and stable enough to perform the tasks necessary to complete the proposed project?
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Priority will be given to projects serving marginalized, underserved and under-resourced populations, including communities of color, low-income, geographically isolated, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, refugees and immigrants.


Below is a list of the Barrett Fund application questions to help you prepare your application. When you are ready to apply, please click here to visit our online application system for organizations.


  • Project name
  • Brief summary of your proposal
  • Amount requested


  • Is your organization an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit? Yes or no? If Yes, attach your most recent IRS letter of determination
  • Is your organization a government entity (e.g. town, school)? Yes or no? If yes, what is your organization's tax ID number? If your application is approved, we must have a tax ID number on file before payment can be released.
  • If your organization is neither a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor a government entity, identify your fiscal agent. Then, upload a copy of the signed fiscal sponsorship agreement.
  • Organization's mission
  • Brief summary of organization's history, goals, and key achievements
  • Brief description of the constituents you serve regularly, including total number, age brackets, race, and income levels.
  • Total annual organization budget
  • Fiscal year end date
  • Certify that the practices of this organization conform to the policy of nondiscrimination


  • The period this grant will cover
  • Profile of request: Provide a full description of the project, including the community, regional or organizational needs it addresses and the proposed short and long-term impacts. Tell us how your request addresses the review criteria.
  • Implementation: What are the specific methods and timetables for meeting your stated objectives?
  • Precedents: Please give examples from your own past experience or cite evidence from other relevant work in the field that points to the likely success of this project.
  • Outcomes: List three expected measurable outputs of the proposed project (e.g. number of individuals expected to participate, resources shared, etc.)
  • Project Evaluation: How will the project’s effectiveness be evaluated and/or measured? Please provide specific examples, if possible.
  • Project Future: What are your intentions for this project's future, including sustainable funding, if applicable?
  • Decline Effect: If this grant is not awarded or if the request is reduced, what part of the project will be canceled or curtailed?


  • List all expenses related to this project or program
  • Total of all expenses
  • List any other funding sources applied to for this project or program. Include the amount and whether the funding has been received or is pending. Also list any other anticipated revenue sources and in-kind donations.
  • What is the size of your operational budget?


  • Board list (required)
  • Upload any additional materials to support your application
  • If this project is a collaboration, attach a letter signed by the leadership of the collaborating organizations that outlines each organization's support of the project and commitment to its implementation
  • If your organization is not a 501(c)(3), upload a copy of the signed fiscal sponsorship agreement

The William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy also offers a Public Service Award to celebrate individuals who make a significant contribution to the well-being of these towns through paid or volunteer work.



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