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Request For Funding 2018-2020

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. 


For more info see our Basic Needs page.