The Future Fund

Woman with dandelions

Westfield Bank established THE FUTURE FUND in 2002 as a response to overwhelming community needs and the shrinking sources of corporate philanthropy. The year of the fund’s inception is significant in that 2002 marked our 150th year of continuous service to the community. Our hometown of Westfield and the communities of Greater Springfield and Northern Connecticut have been good to us. THE FUTURE FUND is one of the many ways we pay tribute to our customers and contribute to important community-based initiatives. 

Our Philosophy 

Although we are willing to consider all projects that positively impact the communities we serve, our primary funding priority is to fund projects that affect children. Educational, recreational, cultural and social service programs and projects have all received grant funding from THE FUTURE FUND. Children will continue to be our primary, though not exclusive, focus.


THE FUTURE FUND considers projects and initiatives that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Impacts priorities stated above
  • Includes a strategy for leveraging other resources
  • Produces measurable results
  • Provides opportunities for collaboration with other entities in the community
  • Addresses critical community needs
  • Are viable and sustainable


  • Grant recipients must have 501c3 status
  • Grant recipients must serve the market area served by Westfield Bank
  • We do not consider multiple requests from the same organization in one calendar year
  • We will not respond to verbal requests. A letter of intent is required for consideration.


THE FUTURE FUND directors meet annually to determine grant funding for the year. The deadline to submit 2019 grant applications was March 29, 2019. All 2019 grant recipients will be notified no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.

The deadline to submit grant applications for 2020 is Friday, March 27, 2020. 


Application Process

To apply for a grant, download the grant application form and submit it along with the grant request narrative (see the grant application form for details) to: 

Cathy Jocelyn
Vice President, Director of Marketing
Westfield Bank
141 Elm Street
Westfield, MA 01085