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Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) program. Entering its 18th year, YCI has engaged over 180 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and has awarded over $285,000 to over 70 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant-making and leadership skills.
“Each year, the young people in YCI work together to create opportunities and positive impact in our community through grant making,” said Sarah Shugrue, GWCF Program Officer. “Throughout their journey together, they develop a deeper understanding of the assets and challenges in their community, the workings of nonprofit organizations, and are able to reflect on their values and views. The YCI Class is an impeccable example of the powerful difference empowered young people can make in our community.”
Fall 2017 high school sophomores and juniors in Worcester County who are motivated to make a difference in the community and are interested in teamwork are encouraged to apply. Please note: YCI members must be available Wednesdays 4-7pm 9/13 - 12/13 and Saturday 9/9.
Applications must be received online by June 2, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
Entering its 17th year, YCI has engaged nearly 200 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and awarded approximately $310,000 to 75 nonprofit organizations throughout Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in our area, YCI empowers teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant making and leadership skills. Last year, YCI granted more than $23,000 in funds for local organizations.
Students should apply if they are eager to make a difference in their community, motivated and reliable, interested in teamwork and available Wednesdays 4-7PM 9/14 - 12/14. Contact Sarah Shugrue, (508) 755-0980 or email@example.com.
Youth for Community Improvement, a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the awardees of its 2016 Fall YCI Fund program. YCI, a complementary program of the Foundation’s discretionary grant making pool, develops its own unique Request for Proposals based on the youth’s assessment of community needs. Areas of interest for 2016 included food security, youth engagement and neighborhood enrichment in Central Massachusetts. This year, 10 grants were funded from the 20 grant applications that were received serving the YCI’s areas of interest. Those organizations and programs receiving grants this fall are:
African Community Education Program, Cultural Enrichment Program $2,000
Ascentria Community Services, Mentoring Program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors $1,600
L.U.K. Crisis Center Inc., Adventure Kids Camp $1,500
Main South CDC, Youth Corps $3,000
Mass. Audubon Society- Broad Meadow Brook, Let’s GO! Worcester $2,000
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Bringing in the Bystander $4,000
Rachel’s Table, Summer Produce for Children $1,600
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Cultural Programs for Youth $2,000
Worcester Interfaith, Teen Jobs Program $4,000
Worcester Youth Center Inc., YouthSpeaks! Spoken word workshops and performances $500
The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Creative Community Engagement Grant Program. The grant program is one element of the Creative Worcester Initiative, which the Foundation has launched in partnership with the Barr Foundation and its Creative Commonwealth Initiative.
With support of five community foundations in five cities across Massachusetts, Creative Commonwealth aims to help engage donors with local artists and cultural organizations in new and transformative ways. Within Creative Worcester, the Creative Community Engagement Grant Program is intended to direct both financial and knowledge resources to Worcester’s non-profit cultural organizations.
These resources are intended to empower non-profits to develop innovative ways to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to: operating support, capital needs, audience engagement efforts, or other areas where the organization feels it will improve its ability to engage Worcester’s diverse communities.
To be considered, applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as recognized by IRS code 501(c)(3) serving the Worcester area. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria to ensure project aligns with the Foundation’s vision for community engagement. Organizations chosen to receive Creative Community Engagement grants will also be expected to meet other terms and conditions, including attendance to bi-monthly learning sessions.
Applications must be received online by May 18, 2018. For more information or to RSVP to the orientation, please contact Jonathan Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980 with questions or concerns.
The grants will support summer programs for children and youth that:
The Foundation awards community grants to support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. The typical grant range is $5,000 to $25,000. Applications must be received by February 26, 2016. For more information, contact Chris O'Keeffe, at email@example.com or 508-755-0980.
Just finishing its 16th year, YCI has engaged nearly 200 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and awarded approximately $310,000 to 75 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant making and leadership skills.
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