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Covid-19 Front Line Worker Fridge Filler Program

The goal of the Fridge Filler program is to provide fresh, healthy, locally sourced food products to frontline workers in a convenient, safe manner through pre-packaged bags of food products including fruits, vegetables, breads, and prepared foods such as soups and salad in approximately 25 servings per week, most of which is sourced from local purveyors.

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Lenox—Cultural District Application

The Town of Lenox requested assistance in preparing an application for designation of a Cultural District within their downtown. The application was submitted to the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) during FY19.

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Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Project

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), in partnership with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is conducting a planning and public outreach process to explore interest in a new partnership with State and Federal agencies for 21 towns in northwestern Massachusetts. The partnership could lead to a new designation by the State and U.S. Forest Service which could provide state and federal funds and technical assistance to expand forestry activities on privately owned land and to support tourism-based businesses. This potential designation would focus on forest-based economic development like recreational tourism, forest management, and research on new forest related manufacturing technologies.

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Monterey FY17 Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Project

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will serve as Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager, and provide Program Delivery, for the FY17 Monterey CDBG Grant. This program will rehabilitate up to 18 homes for low to moderate income homeowners.

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Sheffield-Great Barrington FY16 Community Development Block Grant

The Sheffield-Great Barrington Housing Rehabilitation Program has been designed to address one of the most pressing community development needs in the two communities, as established by their Community Development Strategies: the preservation of affordable housing through the rehabilitation of properties owned and occupied by low- and moderate-income people. This activity will undertake moderate levels of rehabilitation to existing substandard housing units to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing that meet the CDBG program inspection requirements. And continues with a FY16 grant with Sheffield.

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Small Business Relief Partnership

The Berkshire County Small Business Recovery Fund will provide small for-profit businesses in Berkshire County with emergency assistance in adherence with the parameters set forth by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office: addressing fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable, lost sales, lost opportunities, and other working capital expenses that could have been recognized had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred. The focus of this fund will be on fixed costs that cannot be avoided despite the applicants inability to operate as they did prior to regulations pertaining to non-essential business functions.

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