Mini-grants

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

Access to our on-line application system can be found here.

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

Contact: Christopher O'Keeffe

Telephone: (508) 755-0980