Water & Land Stewardship Fund

Greater Worcester Community Foundation established this endowment fund in 2000 with a challenge grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. The Fund’s purposes are to improve the region’s environmental quality by focusing on water quality and related land use issues and to encourage grassroots efforts that raise awareness about these concerns.

Other named endowment funds of the Foundation which contribute to the stewardship grant program are the Clarence S. Arms Family Fund, the Rosemary Davis Environmental Preservation Fund for the protection of wildlife habitat in Worcester County, the Rosemary Marble Harris Fund for efforts that focus on Grafton and Blackstone Valley, and the Robert M. and Carolyn G. Hyde Fund to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Worcester County.

Areas of Interest

  • Raise awareness of and appreciation for water and related land resources throughout Worcester County.
  • Foster collaboration among groups who are working on these issues.
  • Support innovative approaches to the region’s environmental issues.
  • Support smaller organizations who are doing this work but have little financial capacity.
  • Provide a forum for sharing ideas about environmental issues in the region.


We welcome applications from any nonprofit organization, grassroots or other community groups working to improve the environmental health of Worcester County.

While you do not need to be a 501(c)3 corporation in order to apply, you may want to consider working with one as a fiscal sponsor.

Scope and Limitations

  • The Water and Land Stewardship Fund will make grants ranging in size from $250 to $5,000 for
  • Projects that involve residents in water quality monitoring.
  • Projects that engage residents in watershed management and land use planning.
  • Public education projects that emphasize water quality and land use issues.
  • Projects that help to strengthen environmental organizations, such as membership building, newsletters and mailings, or other activities that will increase organizational effectiveness.
  • Projects addressing environmental issues that are being carried out in collaboration with other groups.
  • Costs related to planning or appraisals for open space protection may be considered.

Grants may not be used for expenses already incurred by the applicant.
Groups are only eligible for one grant per calendar year. 


July 15
Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, proposals are due the following business day at 5:00 p.m

Application Forms & Instructions

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


Pamela B. Kane
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main Street, Suite 650
Worcester, MA 01608-1738
Telephone: (508) 755-0980

Contact: Pamela B. Kane