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Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Fund

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

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Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

11/15/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in the Greater Worcester County region for youth-led projects that positively impact the local community. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of academic enrichment, basic needs, and space beautification.

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.

Proposals must speak to “youth voice” to be considered. 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

Basic Needs (Hunger & Homelessness)

  • Organizations supporting those who are housing insecure
  • Organizations engaged in work on affordable housing
  • Organizations providing basic needs, especially clothing, household items, toiletries, food and supplies for babies (formula, diapers etc…)

Space Beautification

  • Organizations focused on urban sustainability, protecting natural resources, and maintaining vibrant community spaces
  • Organizations with projects revolving around improving neighborhoods 
  • Organizations looking to support projects on beautifying their physical building spaces

Academic Enrichment

  • Organizations providing enrichment opportunities to young people (priority given in the areas of STEM/STEAM and ESL)
  • Organizations providing services in the areas of emotional health and wellbeing and/or substance use
  • Organizations working in the space of sexual health education

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:

Grants are made only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations serving the greater Worcester region (cities and towns of Worcester County). The Foundation prefers to fund organizations that are based in the region; outside organizations must be able to demonstrate the significant role of local partners, advisors, and/or planning steps which garner local understanding and support. Non-incorporated organizations may apply through an established nonprofit that agrees to provide fiscal oversight (a fiscal agent).

Public agencies, municipal departments, and houses of worship are not typically eligible to receive discretionary grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019
Notification: by December 31
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: http://www.greaterworcester.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant
- Instructions and Forms: http://www.greaterworcester.org/Grants/Grant-Application-Forms-and-Instructions
- More information about the Greater Worcester Community Foundation may be found here:
http://www.greaterworcester.org/Grants/Ways-We-Work-With-Nonprofits
- More information about Foundation deadlines and grant opportunities may be found here:
http://www.greaterworcester.org/Grants/Grant-Deadlines

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=greaterworcester

Contact: YCI Staff
Telephone: 508-755-0980

Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer
508-755-0980, ext. 109
sshugrue@greaterworcester.org

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA
onlinehelp@greaterworcester.org

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