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Foundation Announces Community Grant Recipients

The Foundation announced the 139 awardees of its 2018 Community Grants: a total of $1,747,900. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Areas of interest this year included Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment; Early Childhood Development; Economic Security; Healthy Communities; Youth Development & Education.

Of the 159 grants awarded, 22 were dedicated solely to projects that focused on early childhood development. Through its Early Childhood Initiative, the Foundation has invested in programs that improve the quality and availability of early childhood education and care, reduce summer learning loss, and support families as primary nurturers and teachers. The initiative aims to ensure that all children in the community gain a sound start during their formative first years.

“We are honored to be a part of a strong and thoughtful network of strategic donors that are committed to making positive change in Greater Worcester. I am especially excited that of the over $1.7M granted, over $400,000 went specifically towards early childhood projects, a Foundation priority,” said Ann T. Lisi, GWCF President and CEO. “Our Community Grant program is the largest funding cycle we have, and annually provides meaningful support towards the better of the community. We look forward to seeing the impact, especially for our community’s children, in the year ahead.”

Those organizations receiving funds this year are:

Abby's House

Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations

$18,000.00

African Community Education Program (ACE)

Family Outreach & Education Programming

$18,000.00

African Community Education Program (ACE)

Youth Academic & Social-Emotional Programming

$20,000.00

Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter

Increasing Core Services through Volunteer-Powered Program Delivery

$5,000.00

American Red Cross

Disaster Cycle Services

$9,000.00

Angels Net Foundation Inc

Educational and Social Programs for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

$5,000.00

Anna Maria College

OpporTUNEity® Music Connections

$2,500.00

Appalachian Mountain Club

Youth Opportunities Program Worcester Summit Site 2019

$5,000.00

Apple Tree Arts*

Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program

$15,000.00

Art in the Park Worcester (fs Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston)

Art in the Park, Worcester

$10,000.00

Ascentria Community Services, Inc.

Immigration Legal Assistance Program

$25,000.00

Auburn Youth & Family Services

Youth and Family Support Programs and Services

$10,000.00

Audio Journal, Inc.

General Operating Support

$5,500.00

Bancroft School

Worcester Partnership

$20,000.00

Best Buddies Massachusetts

Worcester County Friendship Program

$4,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

Worcester Area Mentoring Program

$20,000.00

Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club

2019 Summer Program Camperships

$7,500.00

Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg

After-School Program

$5,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Webster - Dudley

Junior Staff Development Program

$5,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Youth Development Programs

$25,000.00

Building Futures, Inc. (fs Worcester Housing Authority)

Lakeside Summer Camp

$18,000.00

Camp Putnam, Inc.

Summer Camperships

$10,000.00

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester

Citizenship Services and Education for Families

$12,000.00

Center for Health Impact

Supporting Early Childhood Development Through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation

$18,000.00

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.

Public Education & Advocacy

$12,000.00

Clark University

Adam Achiever Program

$10,000.00

Clinton Adult Learning Center

Clinton Adult Learning Center

$7,500.00

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester (fs YWCA of Central MA)

Strengthening and Diversifying Community Engagement in the CHIP

$5,000.00

Community Harvest Project

CRAVE (Class Room Agriculture and Vegetable Education)

$2,500.00

Community Harvest Project

Volunteer Farming Program

$15,000.00

Community Healthlink (fs UMass Memorial Healthcare)*

Together For Kids

$12,500.00

Community Legal Aid, Inc.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

$17,500.00

Community Servings

Nutrition Program for Critically Ill Individuals & Families

$9,000.00

Creative Hub Worcester

SPARK Arts

$2,500.00

Discovery Museum

Discovery Science: Worcester

$5,000.00

Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.

Prisoner Reentry Program

$15,000.00

Dress for Success Worcester Inc

More Than a Suit

$5,000.00

EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)

EBT Access Program

$10,000.00

EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)*

Countdown to Kindergarten 2018/2019

$15,000.00

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Linguistically and Culturally Competent Care for Arabic-Speaking Patients

$10,000.00

Edward Street Child Services*

Early Childhood Matters

$20,000.00

Edward Street Child Services*

Master Teacher Consultation Program

$55,000.00

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

Nutrition Program

$7,500.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Summer Jump Start 2019

$7,500.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Healthcare for Homeless Families Program

$10,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Dental Care for Un/Underinsured Low-income Individuals

$25,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.*

Baby Cafe

$15,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.*

Centering Pregnancy

$10,000.00

Fathering Fathers Inc.

REAL MENtors

$2,500.00

Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc.

Furniture Distribution Center

$5,000.00

Friendly House, Inc.

Frances Perkins Transitional Program

$21,000.00

Friends of St Luke's, Inc

St. Luke's Guesthouse

$7,500.00

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library

Memory Cafe

$2,500.00

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library

English Conversation Circle

$5,000.00

Genesis Club, Inc.

Supported Education with Young Adults Focus

$20,000.00

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

It's A Girl's World

$7,500.00

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Eureka! Program

$6,500.00

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Support for General Operations

$17,500.00

Greater Worcester Land Trust

Community Based Environmental Conservation

$7,000.00

Growing Places Garden Project

NCM Food Hub Connector

$8,500.00

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

General Program Support

$7,500.00

Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)

Peer Leadership Program

$12,500.00

Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)*

Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)

$20,000.00

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (fs Friendly House)

Program Support

$10,000.00

Jeremiah's Inn

Nutrition Center

$8,000.00

Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Financial Aid Program

$10,000.00

Kennedy-Donovan Center*

Fostering Early Connections - Building Parenting Confidence and Competence

$12,000.00

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.

Mentoring Program

$5,000.00

Latin American Health Alliance of Central Mass. Inc.

Pilot Program

$10,000.00

Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)

ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence)

$18,000.00

Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)*

Early Connections Program

$25,000.00

Let's Get Ready

Worcester Access to Success Program

$10,000.00

LGBT Asylum Support Task Force (fs Hadwen Park Congregational Church)

LGBT Asylum Task Force

$6,000.00

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

English Language Literacy for Job Seekers and Other Adult Immigrants & Refugees

$22,500.00

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester*

English Language Literacy for Immigrants and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren

$5,000.00

Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts

ESOL Tutoring Programs

$8,500.00

Main South Community Development Corporation

Youth-Police Dialogue Program

$8,500.00

Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.

Nature Education and Recreation Programs for Worcester Youth

$18,000.00

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.

Collegiate Success Institute (CSI)

$10,000.00

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO)

On Our Way

$12,500.00

Matthew 25, Inc.

General Operating Support

$7,500.00

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network

Family Pathways Project

$15,000.00

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.

Homework Help Center at Green Acres

$8,000.00

Muslim Community Link Inc

Black Seed Farmers Market

$2,500.00

Nativity School of Worcester

Graduate Support Program

$7,500.00

NEADS Inc.

Service Dog Training

$9,500.00

New Hope, Inc.

MJ Leadenham Center Supervised Visitation Expansion

$10,000.00

NewVue Communities

North of Main Neighborhood Initiative

$20,000.00

North Brookfield Youth Center

Youth Programs

$10,000.00

North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc.

Protecting Vulnerable People

$7,000.00

Notre Dame Health Care

Educational Bridge Center

$6,000.00

Oak Hill CDC

Operating Support for Neighborhood Development

$10,000.00

One Can Help

Operational Support

$2,500.00

Open Sky Community Services

South County Homeless Assistance Program

$12,500.00

Open Sky Community Services

Safe Homes

$18,000.00

Opera New England of Northeastern CT

Opera and Symphony Programs for Schools

$3,500.00

Our Father's House, Inc.

Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless Children

$15,000.00

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Financial Assistance for Children from Low-Income Households

$5,000.00

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

Outreach and Navigation for Families

$5,000.00

Pathways for Change

Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Services

$12,000.00

Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.*

Early Childhood Development Program

$22,500.00

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Sex Education for Youth and Parents

$5,000.00

Preservation Worcester, Inc.

Operating Support

$9,500.00

Pride Productions Inc

Millennial Media Group

$5,000.00

Quinsigamond Community College Foundation

Brothers & Keepers Summer Bridge Program

$5,000.00

Quinsigamond Community College Foundation

Women in Technology STEM Program

$15,000.00

Rachel's Table

Support for Food Programs

$12,000.00

Rainbow Child Development Center*

Early Education Program

$18,000.00

Reach Out and Read*

Worcester Rx for Success!

$10,000.00

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)

ESOL System Navigator

$10,000.00

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)

Comprehensive Case Management

$10,000.00

Regatta Point Community Sailing, Inc.

Boating Program Scholarships for Youth

$5,000.00

Regional Environmental Council, Inc.

General Operations

$20,000.00

Restorer of Broken Bridges, Inc.

Net of Compassion - Main Street Saturday Program

$7,500.00

Rise Above Foundation

Activities for Foster Youth

$5,000.00

Salisbury Singers Inc

Program Support

$2,000.00

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaker Communities

$25,000.00

Spanish American Center, Inc.

Nos Estamos Ayudando (Helping Ourselves)

$6,500.00

Straight Ahead Ministries Inc

Worcester Youth Re-Entry Center

$15,000.00

Tasks for Transit, Inc.

Free WRTA Bus Day Pass

$2,500.00

Tenacity, Inc.

Summer Tennis & Reading Program

$7,500.00

The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.

Campership Program

$5,000.00

The CASA Project*

Early Childhood Support Services

$25,000.00

The Salvation Army - Worcester Citadel Corps

Sally's Place

$7,500.00

The SHINE Initiative (fs Community Foundation of North Central MA)

Student Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT)

$7,500.00

Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Worcester County Horticultural Society)

Youth Refugee Gardening Program

$5,000.00

Tri-Community YMCA*

Strengthening Families

$10,000.00

Tri-Valley, Inc.

Nutrition Program for Seniors

$10,000.00

United Way of Central Massachusetts

YouthConnect Worcester - 2019

$18,000.00

United Way of Central Massachusetts*

Summer Learning Collaborative

$60,000.00

VSA Massachusetts

Open Door Gallery at Worcester Art Museum

$5,000.00

WCUW Inc.

The Sounds & Stories of Worcester

$10,000.00

Whitin Community Center

Youth Outreach Programs

$10,000.00

Worcester Academy

Summer Scholars Program

$5,000.00

Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (fs Worcester Common Ground)

Program Support for WAFT

$7,500.00

Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC)

Youth Craft + Creativity

$5,000.00

Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre)

Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership

$5,000.00

Worcester Common Ground, Inc.

Community Building and Affordable Housing

$10,000.00

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

YouthWorks Year-Round Jobs Program

$10,000.00

Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.

Confronting Critical Housing & Financial Needs for Long-Term Solutions

$10,000.00

Worcester Cultural Coalition

Building Community Through Creativity

$15,000.00

Worcester Earn a Bike Inc.

Operating Support

$2,500.00

Worcester Education Collaborative (fs United Way)

Operating Support

$12,500.00

Worcester Impact on Sexual Health (WISH) (fs Center for Health Impact)

Education Program

$5,000.00

Worcester Interfaith

Putting Worcester to Work

$10,000.00

Worcester Jewish Community Center*

Scholarships for Afterschool and Summer Childcare Programs

$10,000.00

Worcester Public Library*

2018 Summer Reading Program

$5,000.00

Worcester Public Schools (fs City of Worcester)

Building Student Leadership through Youth Philanthropy

$12,000.00

Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.

Operating Support

$8,500.00

Worcester Youth Center

Support for Core Programs

$15,000.00

Worcester Youth Orchestras

Financial Aid & Scholarship Program

$5,000.00

Yes We Care, Inc.

Homework Center

$3,000.00

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Minority Achievers Program

$10,000.00

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Summer PLAY

$11,000.00

Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.

Dynamy Youth Academy

$10,000.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Racial Equity Program

$7,500.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Girls CHOICE

$10,000.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Domestic Violence Services

$20,000.00

 

* Indicates Early Childhood grant



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