SHEFFIELD — The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has launched a second grant cycle in its Bridging Divides, Healing Communities initiative, which supports community-building efforts to bridge differences and drive positive change at the local level.

Applications are due Oct. 15 at

The foundation will award grants of up to $3,000 to support small-scale, community-based actions, such as virtual forums, service projects, and artistic and cultural activities. 

The Bridging Divides, Healing Communities initiative also includes a film challenge with $3,500 in cash prizes, now open to people ages 14 to 24, at, and a recent speaker series on topics of race, social cohesion, the media’s role in polarized times and promising local engagement efforts.

A first round of grants provided $50,000 to 21 local groups this year.