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Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Fund

Grants to Worcester County, Massachusetts
Nonprofits for Youth-Led Community Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) - Youth for Community Improvement (YCI)

Deadline Date:

11/12/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Worcester County, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to support youth-led projects that positively impact the local community. Program areas include youth achievement, youth mental health and wellness, and support for immigrant and refugee youth and families.

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), an advisory committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation comprised of area high school students, requests proposals from Worcester County nonprofit organizations.

Applications must speak to “youth voice” in their proposal. Youth voice means that there is opportunity for young people to have a stake in the program beyond being participants. Examples include a program created and/or led by young people, a youth board seat, a process where youth are asked for input, established leadership roles, external roles for young people or you can speak to how young people have a demonstrated and articulated impact on their community.

Areas of Interest

Youth Achievement:
-Organizations focused on the post-secondary education (college access/success, financial literacy, career development, first generation college students)
-Organizations promoting youth leadership (priority for programs focused on environment or the arts)

Mental Health & Wellness for Young People:
-Organizations focused on peer to peer social supports
-Organizations providing sexual health education and/or healthy relationship education

Support for Refugee & Immigrant Families and Young People:
-Organizations providing education and support for immigrant and refugee families (citizenship courses, “Know Your Rights training”, social supports programs)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154985

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to $4,000. Total project budgets may not exceed $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are requested from Worcester County nonprofit organizations.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation grants are made only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Monday, November 12
Notification: by Tuesday, December 11
The application form is online.

Contact a Program Officer:
The foundation would like to hear from you in advance of your proposal, especially if you have never applied before or if there is something new to discuss.

After You Apply:
Once your application has been completed and moved forward for consideration, you will be assigned a program officer, who will contact you to develop an understanding of your organization and its distinctive strengths, challenges and aspirations. Every completed application will be considered by a Foundation committee. Every applicant will be notified of the status, either approved or declined

Grant Application Process:

Instructions and Forms:

More information about the Greater Worcester Community Foundation may be found here:

More information about Foundation deadlines and grant opportunities may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

To speak with a Program Officer, call 508-755-0980.

Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer
508-755-0980, ext. 109

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Worcester County