The Xeric Foundation seeks grant applications from local, qualified non-profit organizations. Applicants must be located in western Massachusetts and have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Established in 1992 by Peter Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Northampton-based foundation has awarded in excess of 2.8 million dollars since its first grant cycle. Grants are $5,000 and under.

There is no set focus, but proposals that support the arts, children, or literacy are of particular interest.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. More information is available at