Grant Application Process

Community Grants

We require an Online Application for all community grant programs. Your materials, including narrative, budgets, audits, progress reports, board lists and other attachments will need to be uploaded by you to a web portal. Each organization must register once.

To register or login click here.

If you have questions or need assistance email:

The Online Application system we have chosen is highly rated among communities. It allows you to:

  • upload files directly from your own server
  • share your drafts with others inside your organization
  • log on/off at your convenience until ready to submit
  • receive immediate confirmation that your application is complete
  • and keep track of your application history

    Tutorials are available

    Download our Instructions and Tip Sheet A video tutorial on registering can be accessed here. A video tutorial on the application process can be accessed here. A .pdf tutorial on registering and the application process can be accessed here.

    Helpful Hints

  • Please write down and save your password.
  • You’ll use the same log-in information for all applications to the Foundation, over time.
  • If someone else from your organization has applied to the Foundation, they already created an account for your organization.
  • If possible, please use the account created by your organization’s previous applicant.

Steps to Apply

It is helpful to call us before you apply, particularly if you are applying to us for the first time or plan a new program. This conversation will allow you to find out more about us and how we operate, and enable us to learn about your organization. Call (508) 755-0980 and ask to speak with a program officer (Pam Kane). 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.

DELETION OF DRAFTS POLICY: Unless the applicant requests otherwise through an email to, the Foundation shall delete any applications remaining in “draft” stage longer than 60 days after deadline.

About Discretionary Grants

Greater Worcester Community Foundation uses the money entrusted to us to help make our region a vibrant and healthy place for all people. Discretionary grants are made to nonprofit organizations for a wide range of topics including: public enjoyment of the arts; preservation of the natural environment and green spaces; health improvements for children and adults; community efforts to make neighborhoods safe and pleasant; affordable housing; and helping students do better in school and in the workforce.

Discretionary grants are typically $5,000 to $25,000 and are made for one year at a time. We fund new ideas that need money to get started as well as time-tested efforts that need grants to keep them going. We welcome first-time applicants as well as existing and past grantees. Programs must be located in or benefit residents of Worcester or the cities and towns within Central Massachusetts.

Application Instructions

To help you prepare a more effective proposal, we have created a set of instructions for your use.  Click here to view them.