Mini-grant Program

Mini-grants are one-time discretionary grants in the amount of $500 to $3,000 made to nonprofits in the Greater Worcester Community Foundation service area for: pilot projects, organizational improvement, restructuring, and equipment purchases. A total pool of $50,000 has been set aside for mini-grants this year.

Areas of Interest

  • Pilot projects – to test a new idea or adapt a proven program to a new situation; to discover whether an approach is viable.
  • Organizational improvements – for board or staff education, program evaluation, or strategic planning. Note: A work plan with deliverables from your planning consultant is required. Please also include your RFP to consultants or tell us about the process you used for selection.
  • Restructuring – to explore or implement a major organizational change or strategic alliance arrangement with other entities, such as: outsourcing back office functions, administrative consolidation, shared staffing, joint purchasing, mergers, or transfer of programs.
  • Equipment – small-scale purchases that meet a critical organizational priority, or for technology enhancements based on a strategic plan.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Must be a nonprofit organization based in Worcester County
  • Request may not exceed $3,000 and total project should be $15,000 or less
  • Grant may not be used for expenses already incurred
  • One mini-grant award per calendar year (except if the organization is a sponsoring partner in a collaborative project)
  • Public schools or other public agencies will typically not receive mini-grants, although they may be involved as partners in funded efforts.
  • Mini-grants are not awarded to individuals or to start-up nonprofits.

Deadline

No deadline. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Decisions are made within 30 days.

Application Forms & Instructions

The application form is online. The first time an organization applies to the Foundation through our online application system, it creates an Organization Account to use for each application going forward. Please use the same account you have previously used, or create a new one if this your first time applying online. You may contact Foundation staff to find out if your organization already has an account in our system.

You are advised to contact a program officer to discuss your request before sending it in.

Contact: Jonathan Cohen

Telephone: 508-755-0980

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