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The Foundation is pleased to announce a small capital grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations working to alleviate hunger or homelessness in Worcester County. This award has been made possible by an anonymous gift made through GWCF and is not intended for renewal.
Applications must be received by April 26, 2019. For more information, contact Sarah Shugrue, firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 755-0980 x109.
All members of our community deserve meaningful opportunities to meet their needs and achieve their potential. For those individuals seeking to rise out of poverty, particular challenges may stand in their way. For this reason, it has long been a priority of Greater Worcester Community Foundation to support organizations that address the basic needs of Worcester County residents.
Founded in 2011, the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger has been awarding grants to nonprofits that share the vision of hunger-free communities. This year, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Foundation was also able to fund small capital projects for nonprofits working to alleviate hunger and homelessness through the Basic Needs Capital Grants program.
These two grant programs combined were able to award over $151,000 to 30 different organizations.
“Many of the organizations we see working in the hunger and homelessness sphere are lean operations,” said Foundation Program Officer Sarah Shugrue. “They often have to make tough choices when it comes to spending money and the irony is that they have their own basic needs.”
Appliances, storage equipment, vehicles, educational tools, and salary support are a few of the needs outlined in funded grant requests.
“These essentials can be difficult to acquire,” continued Shugrue, “While many funding sources can’t cover them, the Foundation can. Through the Fund to End Hunger and Basic Needs Capital Grants organizations are supported as they make critical capacity improvements that ultimately enable them to better serve their communities with efficiency, cultural competency, and dignity.”
The 2019 recipients of the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger received a total of $61,910. Grantees include:
Basic Needs Grants totaled $90,000 and recipients include the following:
With a total annual discretionary grants budget of approximately $1.6 million, the foundation strives to augment the operating budgets of nonprofits serving the Foundation’s areas of interest including arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health and human services.
A complete list of Fall 2015 Discretionary grants can be viewed here.
The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Creative Spark Grant Program. The grant program is one element of the Creative Worcester Initiative, which the Foundation has launched in partnership with the Barr Foundation and its Creative Commonwealth Initiative.
With support of five community foundations in five cities across Massachusetts, Creative Commonwealth aims to help engage donors with local artists and cultural organizations in new and transformative ways. Within Creative Worcester, the Creative Spark Grant Program is intended to empower the arts & culture sector to activate under-served populations and amplify under-heard voices.
The Creative Spark Grant Program is the only grant program within the Foundation that is open to both organizations and individuals. These grants are intended to “spark” more connections with and expressions by diverse community voices. Funds will be used to support new efforts in amplifying these voices and presence within the creative sector. In particular, organizations and individuals with a first-time project idea that aligns with the Foundation’s values are invited to apply for a Creative Spark Grant. This may include, but is not limited to: cultural events, exhibits or installations, special performances or performance series. The Foundation hopes to fund up to ten Spark projects.
To be considered, applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as recognized by IRS code 501(c)(3) serving the Worcester area or be an individual member of the creative sector looking to deliver a program or project in Worcester.
For those interested in applying or seeking more information, there will be a prospective applicant orientation held on Thursday, April 5 at 4:00pm. This orientation will be held at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation at 370 Main St., Ste. 650, Worcester, MA.Applications must be received online by May 4, 2018. For more information or to RSVP to the orientation, please contact Jonathan Cohen at email@example.com or 508-755-0980 with questions or concerns.
The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Creative Community Engagement Grant Program. The grant program is one element of the Creative Worcester Initiative, which the Foundation has launched in partnership with the Barr Foundation and its Creative Commonwealth Initiative.
With support of five community foundations in five cities across Massachusetts, Creative Commonwealth aims to help engage donors with local artists and cultural organizations in new and transformative ways. Within Creative Worcester, the Creative Community Engagement Grant Program is intended to direct both financial and knowledge resources to Worcester’s non-profit cultural organizations.
These resources are intended to empower non-profits to develop innovative ways to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to: operating support, capital needs, audience engagement efforts, or other areas where the organization feels it will improve its ability to engage Worcester’s diverse communities.
To be considered, applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as recognized by IRS code 501(c)(3) serving the Worcester area. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria to ensure project aligns with the Foundation’s vision for community engagement. Organizations chosen to receive Creative Community Engagement grants will also be expected to meet other terms and conditions, including attendance to bi-monthly learning sessions.
Applications must be received online by May 18, 2018. For more information or to RSVP to the orientation, please contact Jonathan Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980 with questions or concerns.
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