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Basic Needs


United Way of Pioneer Valley is committed to supporting and sustaining strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts through its Community Impact initiatives. The Basic Needs grant funds support programs that focus on emergency food, shelter, and fuel assistance.

If you have questions, please contact LaTonia Monroe Naylor at,, or 413-693-0215.

Request FOR FUNDING 2018-2020

Current (2018-2020) Request for Funds for Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Grants program funds emergency and short-term services provided by organizations located in and serving the people of Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts.  The organization’s grant-making programs are one of several ways that UWPV provides support for the communities and people in our region.



UWPV is seeking RFFs for its Basic Needs Grant ProgramThese grants will support programs and services that provide temporary and short-term food, shelter, and heating assistance to stabilize those individuals and families faced with an emergency due to loss of employment, housing, natural disaster, domestic violence, etc.


Grants will be awarded for a period of 24 months from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.  The purpose of the Basic Needs Grant Program is to support and sustain strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts. 


The program has three areas of focus to assist people in meeting emergency and basic needs:


Ø Shelter:  
Short-term housing for people who are: homeless, escaping domestic violence, and/or displaced due to a natural disaster, fire, etc.

Ø Food:     
Support short-term food assistance for people facing economic hardship and/or isolation (homebound), with the goal of moving them to food security.  This will include food pantries, meal services, and completing SNAP applications.

Ø Heating Assistance:     
Short-term heating assistance for individuals and families whose household incomes are 201%-350% of federal poverty levels and 60%-80% state median income levels, and therefore not eligible for public assistance, up to $500 per household per year.


Priority will be given for programs that serve seniors, veterans, residents living in communities with limited access to short-term (emergency) basic needs programs (e.g. rural communities), and residents ineligible for public assistance programs (e.g. fuel assistance) but in need of short-term (emergency) help to stabilize their situation.


Deadline and Key Dates


February 21, 2018                             Release Basic Needs RFF to public

March 9, 2018                                   Request for Funding due online by 4:30 p.m.

March 14 - April 14, 2018                  Grant Review Team will review RFF applications      

May 30, 2018                                    Notify Agencies of funding decisions



We will hold two information sessions, but you may select only one to attend, the first is on Wednesday, February 21, 3:00pm to 4:30 p.m. or Thursday, February 22, 10:00am to 11:30 a.m. at the Springfield Central Library.


We request that you register for an Information Session by sending an email to or Space is limited. 


RFF Flyer


How to Make a Request

Program Budget Template

Info Session Presentation

Current (2018-2020) Request for Funds for Basic Needs

Catholic Charities Agency
65 Elliot Street Springfield, MA 01105
Homecoming Heat and Fuel
Friends Of The Homeless Inc
755 Worthington Street Springfield, MA 01105
Basic Needs
Greater Westfield Emergency Food Pantry Inc
101 Meadow Street Westfield, MA 01085
Healthy Foods for All
Lorraines Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc
170 Pendexter Avenue Chicopee, MA 01013
Expansion on Emergency Food Program
Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc.
106 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109
Emergency Food Pantry
Open Pantry Community Service Inc.
287 State Street Springfield, MA 01105
Emergency Food Pantry
Our Community Food Pantry, Inc.
220 College Highway Southwick, MA 01077
Healthy Summers and Beyond
Springfield Rescue Mission Inc.
10 Mill Street PO Box 9045, Springfield, MA 01102
Emergency Service Programs
The Gray House Inc.
22 Sheldon Street Springfield, MA 01107

The Gray House Food Pantry

The Salvation Army Holyoke
271 Appleton Street Holyoke, MA 01040

Basic Need Food Assistance Program and Fuel Assistance

The Salvation Army Springfield
170 Pearl Street Springfield, MA 01105

Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program

Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
35 Mt. Carmel Avenue Chicopee, MA 01013

VOC Basic Needs Grant

Womanshelter Companeras Inc.
PO Box 1099 Holyoke, MA 01041

Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter

YWCA Of Western Massachusetts
1 Clough Street Springfield, MA 01118

YWCA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Services