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Berkshire Environmental Action Team recently received a $200,000 grant from the Cultural Facilities Fund to support its purchase and renovation of a Pittsfield property that will become BEAT’s new Environmental Leadership & Education Center.

Nine Berkshire County-based cultural venues have received 2022 grants from the state's Cultural Facilities Fund, which is administered by Mass. Development and the Mass. Cultural Council, and is slated for infrastructure improvements. 

In May 2018, the nonprofit Berkshire Carousel’s board, controlled by members and friends of the Shulman family, granted James and Jackie Shulman a $1.22 million mortgage on the site of the carousel, which James Shulman spearheaded. He says the couple sought the financial benefit to protect their personal investment in the attraction, and may give proceeds to a different public cause.