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Community Grant Program

Grants to Worcester County, Massachusetts Nonprofits for Arts, Youth,
Environment, Children, Education, Civic Life, and Economic Stability

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Foundation / Corporation

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Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF)

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community projects that benefit Worcester and the surrounding towns and cities of Worcester County. Eligible program areas include arts, environment, and civic life; early childhood development; youth education and development; economic security; and healthy communities.

Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment: The Foundation believes that everyone in Greater Worcester should have access to the community’s cultural and natural resources, and opportunities to help move the community forward. This includes arts and culture, civic engagement and environmental stewardship.

Early Childhood Development: A child’s first eight years are the most critical for human development, and the Foundation believes that building a solid foundation during these years is the most effective way to assure a healthy and productive life. Organizations interested in applying for a grant for Early Childhood services should follow these guidelines:

Youth Development and Education: As a community, the Foundation wants to prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and to achieve their full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies.

Economic Security: All members of the community deserve meaningful opportunities to meet their needs and achieve their potential. Those seeking to rise out of poverty face particular challenges and deserve effective assistance and support

Healthy Communities: The Foundation supports the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Accordingly, the Foundation is committed to health equity, which means that all people, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, sex or age, have equal opportunity to develop and maintain health through equal access to resources. The Foundation also wants to ensure that all people, particularly those most vulnerable, have access to the care they need when and where they need it.

For more information on all of these focus areas, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169966

Estimated Size of Grant:

The typical grant range is $2,500 to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) public charities serving Worcester or the cities and towns of Worcester County. Organizations located in the Greater Worcester area, engaging local partners or building local capacity will be preferred. Projects that are not incorporated as independent organizations must apply through an established nonprofit as fiscal agent. Public agencies, municipal departments, and houses of worship are not typically eligible to receive Community Grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Grant Program Information Sessions are an opportunity for organizational leaders and grant writers to learn more about our current grant guidelines and how the application process works. Program staff will be present to answer questions.

Thursday, July 25, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, August 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: September 16, 2019
Notification Date: By December 13

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. This conversation will allow you to learn more about how the Foundation operates, and for them to learn about your organization.

To help you prepare a more effective proposal, the Foundation has created a set of instructions for your use. See Supporting Documents below. You may contact Foundation staff to find out if your organization already has an account in our system.

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

Apply online:

Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer

Sharah Shugrue, Program Officer

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA
Telephone: 508.755.0980
Fax: 508.755.3406

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Worcester or the cities and towns of Worcester County