Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, an Endowment with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Application Deadline: March 18, 2019 Grants will be awarded May 17, 2019
Application Process for Mini-Grants
The Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, is providing mini-grants. The grants generally range from $250 to $1,000, for a specific, one-time program/project that aspires to promote social justice. Established in 2010, this fund seeks to address the basic causes of injustice and promote self-help and empowerment. The purpose of the mini-grants is to enable efforts addressing poverty and oppression. The mini-grants are directed to those residents of the greater Hampden County area who are marginalized by our society.
All those who wish to apply for a grant must complete the online application below. The grant application must identify the objective and scope of the program/project including mission, target constituency, specific objectives, overall budget cost and the number of people impacted.
- The project should not duplicate an existing service in the community.
- Preference will be given to new and innovative initiatives.
Grant applications must be accompanied by either proof of tax-exempt status or a completed fiscal sponsor form. Grants for salaries and/or for general funds are not funded.
Grant awardees are expected to submit a brief follow-up report on the funded programs/projects within a year of the completion of the project. NO NEW GRANTS WILL BE AWARDED TO AN APPLICANT IF THIS BRIEF FOLLOW-UP REPORT IS NOT SUBMITTED. The form is available on this website or
Criteria for selection
To qualify for funding, the one-page grant application must give evidence that the effort will:
• Benefit residents of the greater Hampden County.
• Address the basic causes of injustice that exist in the targeted community and foster beneficial change.
• Promote self-help and empowerment.
• Respond to the unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized.
March18, 2019 Grants will be awarded May 17, 2019
Applications deadline, March 18, 2019, has passed.