Pioneer Valley Community Advised Fund

“We Are In This Together” (Funding cycle now closed)

Peace Development Fund is pleased to announce a new grantmaking initiative in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

The Pioneer Valley Community Advised Fund will support grassroots efforts of communities working towards social justice in the Valley (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties). In the spirit of elevating and advancing a movement moment, the Fund seeks to support groups that wish to collaborate with other local groups.


  • Groups looking to build the momentum in the movement towards justice by working collaboratively with another local group.
  • Groups building their infrastructure to support movement sustainability.
  • Groups demonstrating innovative ways to share resources with other local organizations.

The funds can be used to support a collaborative project, event and/or the opportunity to share resources. Funds from this grant can be spent on program and organization space; project salaries and/or stipends; program development and expenses; peer training; leadership development; skills development; and shared equipment. This may include computer software or hardware, capacity building trainings, skills development for emerging leaders, joint actions, etc.


Organizations led by the constituents most affected by the issues being addressed. Special attention will be given to organizations led by people of color.

Groups from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts.

Organizations with budgets less than $150,000.


As this is a new initiative, we anticipate grant size to be $500 to $3,000.


Applications were due January 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2018.

Before you start your application, please read the PVCAF Grant Guidelines 2018.

For more information, email or call Kathleen Sharkey at 413-256-8306 x106.