Grant Opportunities

Each of our granting programs has its own set of guidelines and parameters. All organizations should closely review the opportunities below to confirm eligibility and appropriateness. Organizations may apply in multiple areas and to whichever programs they choose.

Explore grant programs by category:

Community Support

Community Grant Program

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Notification: By December 1, 2018

The Community Grant Program is our largest and widest-reaching granting program. Awards support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. View Guidelines

Questions? 

Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Creative Worcester

Creative Community Engagement Program 

Deadline: May 18, 2018

Notification: By July, 15, 2018

Organizations engaged in the creative sector who have clearly defined goals around achieving deeper community engagement, and for whom a one-time injection of funds may be just what is needed to take them to a stronger communal position are invited to apply for a Creative Community Engagement Grant. View Guidelines

Creative Spark Program

Deadline: May 4, 2018

Notification: By July 1, 2018

Organizations and individuals engaged in the creative sector with an innovative idea that aligns with our values and demonstrates programmatic and/or organizational excellence are invited to apply for a Creative Spark Grant. View Guidelines

Questions?

Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Grant Program

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Notification: By December 1, 2018

A child’s first eight years are the most critical for human development, and we believe that building a solid foundation during these years is the most effective way to assure a healthy and productive life. The Foundation has made early childhood education a priority of its funding initiatives. View Guidelines

Questions? 

Contact: Chris O'Keeffe, Vice President for Programs, 508-755-0980

Health

Fairlawn Foundation Fund

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Notification: By July 1, 2018

Fairlawn Foundation is dedicated to improving health and health care by supporting innovative projects, rooted in evidence-based practice, that strive to produce demonstrable outcomes. Beginning in 2017, the Foundation is focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community. View Guidelines

Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Notification: By June 1, 2018

The purpose of the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund is to advance projects that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health. View Guidelines

Questions?

Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Special Interest

Mini-Grant Program

Deadline: None. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Mini-grants are one-time grants made to nonprofits for recurring needs. Areas of interest include: responsive innovation, organizational effectiveness, and equipment or technology purchase. View Guidelines

Youth for Community Improvement

Deadline: November 12, 2018

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) is an advisory committee of Greater Worcester Community Foundation comprised of area high schools students. Areas of interest change annually in response to the priorities of these youth leaders. View Guidelines


Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund
Deadline: None. Applications are reviewed monthly.

The Rosemary Davis Fund has awarded all available grants for 2018.  Any applications received between now and December will be reviewed in late January 2019.

The Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools to protect animals and to educate Central Massachusetts residents on topics of wildlife, nature, and environmental science. View Guidelines 


Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger
Deadline: May 18, 2018
Notification: By July 15, 2018
The Fund to End Hunger awards grants to nonprofits that share the vision of creating hunger-free communities and work towards that goal. View Guidelines

Questions? 

Contact: Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Town Specific

Blackstone Valley, MA

UniBank September 11th Emergency Personnel Education Fund

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Notification: By June 1, 2018

The fund was created to honor the everyday heroes who responded to the September 11th tragedy and to help local emergency personnel become better prepared. View Guidelines

Brookfield, MA

Jeppson Memorial Fund

Deadline: July 13, 2018

Notification: By September 15, 2018 

The fund provides funding to civic and community projects that help improve the life of residents and enrich the cultural environment in Brookfield, Massachusetts. View Guidelines

Killingly, CT

Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund

Deadline: January 17, 2018

Notification: By March 15, 2018

The goal of the fund is to show support for public education by encouraging innovation and curriculum enhancement in the Killingly Public Schools. View Guidelines 

Leicester, MA

Leicester Savings Bank Fund

Deadline: April 13, 2018

Notification: By June 15, 2018

The goal of the fund is to support project that improve the quality of life and build a stronger community in Leicester. View Guidelines

Millbury, MA

Mary B. Grogan Fund for Youth

Deadline: October 12, 2018

Notification: By December 1, 2018

The fund provides financial support for educational recreational projects for the youth of Millbury. View Guidelines

Questions? 

Contact: Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Applications are online!

We require an online application for all of our grant programs. Each organization must create an account through our web portal to complete the application and upload materials including narrative, budgets, audits, progress reports, board lists and other attachments.
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