Sheffield: REEF grant app deadline is April 8 

The Richmond Educational Enrichment Fund (REEF), a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, will be accepting grant applications through Monday, April 8. Applications are available online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/grantseekers.

REEF's purpose is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers at the Richmond Consolidated School.

Students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members of the Richmond Consolidated School are invited to apply for grants for projects that will fulfill the purposes of the Fund. Possible projects include, but are not limited to: independent study, extra-curricular activities, individual creative projects in or outside the classroom, visiting speakers, artists in residence, professional development for teachers, scientific, athletic, or technical equipment, library resources and class field trips.

Grants awarded will generally range from $100 to $1,000. Applications will be reviewed by the REEF Board comprised of community members, parents, teachers, students, the superintendent and the school community. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic's board of directors.

Information: (413) 229-0370, info@berkshiretaconic.org.

Berkshire County: New ag programs available

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has made available three business planning programs that contain annual grants.

Dependent upon funding each year, the programs are intended to help agricultural operations make farm improvements that enhance their economic viability and help to prevent environmental resource impacts.

The Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP) is for farms that have been in active agricultural use for three years and have at least 5 acres in production.

The APR Improvement Program (AIP) is for farms protected through the Agriculture Preservation Restriction (APR) program that have been in active agriculture use for at least three years. The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) program is for new and beginning farms.

Additional eligibility requirements and detailed program information are expected to be available here by the end of March. Applications are due in June.

For more information, contact Melissa Adams at (413) 268-8269, or at melissaadamsAIP@gmail.com.