Local Impact

The Fund for Williamstown was established in 2006 by a group of residents who wished to continue the town’s strong tradition of community improvement and make Williamstown a better, more vibrant place to live.

The fund supports proposals from nonprofit organizations and individuals that will strengthen, enliven and enhance Williamstown. It seeks to meet a wide range of needs and support all residents, awarding grants for health and human services, cultural and educational programs and environmental protection. It also offers the DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award for organizations, institutions, business or individuals who are passionate about solving community issues in the town.


Total amount of grantmaking since 2006


Total number of grants since 2006

Read about the fund's grantmaking guidelines and how to nominate someone for an innovation award.

In response to the ongoing effects of the pandemic on their neighbors, the advisory committee of the Fund for Williamstown chose to provide operating support grants to local nonprofits.

  • Berkshire Immigrant Center, $5,000
  • Berkshire Nursing Families, $2,500
  • Community Legal Aid, $5,000
  • Ecu-Health Care, $5,000
  • Images Cinema, $3,500
  • Louison House, $5,000
  • ROOTS Teen Center, $4,000
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, $3,000

“We anticipate seeing a continued increase in requests for services as residents struggle to overcome more than a year of lost wages and evictions. We will continue to provide legal services to keep their families healthy and safe.”

- Carrie Love, Community Legal Aid

Advisory Committee

Brian Drake

Van Ellet

Nancy McIntire

Win Stuebner

Donate to the Fund for Williamstown

Make a secure online gift to the Fund for Williamstown on our donate page.

Are you 70 ½ years old or older? A qualifying charitable distribution (QCD) allows you to donate up to $100,000 per year to the Fund for Williamstown (or any eligible charitable organization) directly from your IRA and exclude it from your income. Please email our Philanthropic Services team at PS@BerkshireTaconic.org to learn more.

Double the size of your gift! Many employers offer matching gift programs, allowing you to double the amount you give just by filling out a simple form. Check with your employer to learn more. Berkshire Taconic’s tax ID # is 06-125-4469.