We work to achieve our mission through collaboration.

Together we tackle pressing problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. A segment of our work focuses on specific localities within our region.

Place-based Funds and Initiatives

  • Area Funds
  • Education Enrichment Funds in every public school district
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor emergency relief
  • County-based food security initiatives
  • Housing affordability in northwest Litchfield County
  • Partnerships with three local news organizations

Area Funds

PLACE-BASED PHILANTHROPY

Our regional network of Area Funds provides hands-on leadership for the foundation’s activities. These endowed funds support nonprofit operations and programs, invest in our impact areas and respond to emerging needs.

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Educational Enrichment Funds

PLACE-BASED PHILANTHROPY

We have partnered with hundreds of generous donors to launch and grow 33 Education Enrichment Funds (EEFs)—one for every public school district in our region.

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Scholarship Funds

PLACE-BASED PHILANTHROPY

Berkshire Taconic awards one-time and renewable scholarships to students attending trade schools, colleges and universities, and graduate programs through 75 scholarship funds.

How to Apply for Scholarships

Learn About Funding a Scholarship

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Funds

PLACE-BASED PHILANTHROPY

First established during the Great Recession and active throughout the pandemic, this network of funds provides emergency relief to individuals and families in crisis through grants to trusted social service partners, municipal offices or other community providers.

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Addressing Food Insecurity

PLACE-BASED PHILANTHROPY

We have partnered with donors, Massachusetts state agencies, and local organizations to develop several food security initiatives throughout the region.

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Housing Affordability

Berkshire Taconic is a funder of the Litchfield County Center for Housing Opportunity whose aim is to facilitate a regional response to address housing affordability by providing data, critical resources, and technical assistance to municipalities and nonprofit housing organizations.

In the fall of 2023, BTCF and Salisbury Forum co-presented a panel discussion on housing affordability and launched a new grant program with LC-CHO to support cross-sector projects, Create Housing Opportunity.

Local Journalism Support

Berkshire Taconic has partnered with three local news organizations—the Berkshire Eagle, the Lakeville Journal/Millerton News, and the Columbia Paper—to help ensure the future of local journalism and expand the critical reporting that fosters community connection and public engagement.

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