Please note: We have regrettably exhausted our funding assistance for the year 2022 year, but we strongly encourage those who did not receive funding this year to re-apply in the next cycle.
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In the Berkshires, conflicts with bears are a serious and frequent problem. Thanks to a grant from the Nion Robert Thieriot Foundation, the MSPCA is able to provide FUNDING ASSISTANCE in the acquisition and installation of BEAR-PROOF TRASH, RECYCLING, AND COMPOST RECEPTACLES in Berkshire County.
Who can apply? Any individual or entity in Berkshire County.
What are the criteria? A willingness to resolve problems non-lethally, a site that is conducive to bear-proof receptacle usage, and permission of property owner to install to receptacle. Some financial investment may be asked of the grant recipient, depending on the circumstances.
How do I apply? Please email or mail a completed application to email@example.com or MSPCA, Attn: Elizabeth Magner, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130. For any questions, call 617-541-5104.
How much funding assistance will I receive? The amount of funding offered will depend on the number of requests and quantity of remaining funds. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received, but financial need and the significance of the problem may play a role when funding is limited.
When is the application due? Requests will be accepted throughout 2022 until funding is exhausted.
What if I have questions? Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Magner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-541-5104.
Note: If you are experiencing bear conflicts in another part of the state (outside of Berkshire County), please contact us for help and information: email@example.com.