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 Projects and Investments

Why. We built the Common Good system to end poverty and war, mitigate climate change, and create a better world for everyone. Our whole strategy hinges on the hope and faith that we will make more caring decisions as communities and regions than we do as states and countries.

This faith has been borne out by the results of our first two years of community-level funding decisions. After months of discussion, late in 2016 Common Good Greenfield decided to offer $10,000 in funding for projects in sustainability, social justice, the arts, food systems, and small business development.

Results. Local nonprofits, businesses, and individuals submitted 25 proposals, that Common Good members then rated on a variety of criteria. Eight projects were chosen and received funding early in 2017, at no cost to anyone.

By the next year, the Community Fund had doubled in size (to $100,000) and members chose to fund twice as much as the year before, using $20,000 to fund 14 great projects.

Here are the projects chosen for funding those first two years: as investments, grants, and loans.

Investments, Grants, and Loans 2018

14 projects, $20,000 total funding

Just Roots

Monthly food clinic

Greenfield Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments for early opioid recovery

Community Action

Developing leadership in Hunger Task Force

Seeds of Solidarity

"Craft Your Own Life" youth internships

The Literacy Project

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)/GED scholarships

Musica Franklin

Monthly musical community meal
Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution


Municipal socialism and leadership conference

Pleasant Street Community Garden

Co-operative gardening and tool-sharing
New England Learning Center for Women in Transition


Support for those impacted by domestic and/or sexual violence
Franklin County Solid Waste Management District


District-wide composting program

Root Yoga Studio

Yoga-based mentorship for girls

Compost Co-op

Worker-owned cooperative empowering former prison-inmates

Nutwood Farm

Sustainable agriculture

Eggtooth Productions

Radical Interconnectedness Festival

Investments, Grants, and Loans 2017

8 projects, $10,000 total funding

Art Garden

Intergenerational art-making as public service

Compost Co-op

Worker-owned cooperative empowering former prison-inmates

Stone Soup Café

Pay-what-you-can café equipment upgrades

Co-op Power

Community-shared solar

Wendell Energy Committee

Edible permaculture garden commons

Just Roots

Low-income farm-shares

Ashfield Lake House

Rooftop solar

Shea Theater

Performing arts center revitalization
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