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The Foundation is pleased to announce that Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a young person-led grant-making committee of the Foundation, has been selected as a recipient of the Powers of Youth Challenge grant for a pilot project they have designed to empower young people.
This is a national grant provided by America’s Promise Alliance and Peace First to catalyze leadership of young people. YCI members spent five months developing “Understanding Youth Philanthropy,” a program that will address the barriers young people face when it comes to engaging on issues they care about. This grant program has provided start-up funds for YCI members to deliver this program through a leadership conference held in partnership with a local high school. If executed successfully, they will be eligible for an accelerator grant of $5,000 to scale the program.
“We decided to use the skills we learned in YCI–grant writing, reviewing, event organizing, networking, and public speaking–to start a program of our own, addressing an issue that is very important to us,” said Devin Kelly, a student member of YCI. “It is absolutely essential that voices from all backgrounds have access to the table and can be amplified when it comes to making decisions that affect them.”
“The Foundation’s role in YCI wraps up in December, but completely on their own, last year’s cohort has taken what they learned and are doing exactly what we hoped for, said Sarah Shugrue, GWCF Program Officer. “We are excited to watch what they continue to do together.”
To learn more about YCI’s project, click here.
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.”
Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations
African Community Education Program (ACE)
Family Outreach & Education Programming
Youth Academic & Social-Emotional Programming
Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter
Increasing Core Services through Volunteer-Powered Program Delivery
American Red Cross
Disaster Cycle Services
Angels Net Foundation Inc
Educational and Social Programs for Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Anna Maria College
OpporTUNEity® Music Connections
Appalachian Mountain Club
Youth Opportunities Program Worcester Summit Site 2019
Apple Tree Arts*
Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program
Art in the Park Worcester (fs Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston)
Art in the Park, Worcester
Ascentria Community Services, Inc.
Immigration Legal Assistance Program
Auburn Youth & Family Services
Youth and Family Support Programs and Services
Audio Journal, Inc.
General Operating Support
Best Buddies Massachusetts
Worcester County Friendship Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.
Worcester Area Mentoring Program
Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club
2019 Summer Program Camperships
Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg
Boys & Girls Club of Webster - Dudley
Junior Staff Development Program
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Youth Development Programs
Building Futures, Inc. (fs Worcester Housing Authority)
Lakeside Summer Camp
Camp Putnam, Inc.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester
Citizenship Services and Education for Families
Center for Health Impact
Supporting Early Childhood Development Through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.
Public Education & Advocacy
Adam Achiever Program
Clinton Adult Learning Center
Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester (fs YWCA of Central MA)
Strengthening and Diversifying Community Engagement in the CHIP
Community Harvest Project
CRAVE (Class Room Agriculture and Vegetable Education)
Volunteer Farming Program
Community Healthlink (fs UMass Memorial Healthcare)*
Together For Kids
Community Legal Aid, Inc.
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Nutrition Program for Critically Ill Individuals & Families
Creative Hub Worcester
Discovery Science: Worcester
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.
Prisoner Reentry Program
Dress for Success Worcester Inc
More Than a Suit
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)
EBT Access Program
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)*
Countdown to Kindergarten 2018/2019
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Linguistically and Culturally Competent Care for Arabic-Speaking Patients
Edward Street Child Services*
Early Childhood Matters
Master Teacher Consultation Program
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
Summer Jump Start 2019
Healthcare for Homeless Families Program
Dental Care for Un/Underinsured Low-income Individuals
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.*
Fathering Fathers Inc.
Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc.
Furniture Distribution Center
Friendly House, Inc.
Frances Perkins Transitional Program
Friends of St Luke's, Inc
St. Luke's Guesthouse
Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library
English Conversation Circle
Genesis Club, Inc.
Supported Education with Young Adults Focus
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts
It's A Girl's World
Girls Incorporated of Worcester
Support for General Operations
Greater Worcester Land Trust
Community Based Environmental Conservation
Growing Places Garden Project
NCM Food Hub Connector
Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester
General Program Support
Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)
Peer Leadership Program
Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)*
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (fs Friendly House)
Joy of Music Program, Inc.
Financial Aid Program
Fostering Early Connections - Building Parenting Confidence and Competence
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
Latin American Health Alliance of Central Mass. Inc.
Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)
ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence)
Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)*
Early Connections Program
Let's Get Ready
Worcester Access to Success Program
LGBT Asylum Support Task Force (fs Hadwen Park Congregational Church)
LGBT Asylum Task Force
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
English Language Literacy for Job Seekers and Other Adult Immigrants & Refugees
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester*
English Language Literacy for Immigrants and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren
Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts
ESOL Tutoring Programs
Main South Community Development Corporation
Youth-Police Dialogue Program
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.
Nature Education and Recreation Programs for Worcester Youth
Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.
Collegiate Success Institute (CSI)
Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO)
On Our Way
Matthew 25, Inc.
Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
Family Pathways Project
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
Homework Help Center at Green Acres
Muslim Community Link Inc
Black Seed Farmers Market
Nativity School of Worcester
Graduate Support Program
Service Dog Training
New Hope, Inc.
MJ Leadenham Center Supervised Visitation Expansion
North of Main Neighborhood Initiative
North Brookfield Youth Center
North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc.
Protecting Vulnerable People
Notre Dame Health Care
Educational Bridge Center
Oak Hill CDC
Operating Support for Neighborhood Development
One Can Help
Open Sky Community Services
South County Homeless Assistance Program
Opera New England of Northeastern CT
Opera and Symphony Programs for Schools
Our Father's House, Inc.
Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless Children
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
Financial Assistance for Children from Low-Income Households
Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
Outreach and Navigation for Families
Pathways for Change
Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Services
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.*
Early Childhood Development Program
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Sex Education for Youth and Parents
Preservation Worcester, Inc.
Pride Productions Inc
Millennial Media Group
Quinsigamond Community College Foundation
Brothers & Keepers Summer Bridge Program
Women in Technology STEM Program
Support for Food Programs
Rainbow Child Development Center*
Early Education Program
Reach Out and Read*
Worcester Rx for Success!
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)
ESOL System Navigator
Comprehensive Case Management
Regatta Point Community Sailing, Inc.
Boating Program Scholarships for Youth
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.
Restorer of Broken Bridges, Inc.
Net of Compassion - Main Street Saturday Program
Rise Above Foundation
Activities for Foster Youth
Salisbury Singers Inc
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaker Communities
Spanish American Center, Inc.
Nos Estamos Ayudando (Helping Ourselves)
Straight Ahead Ministries Inc
Worcester Youth Re-Entry Center
Tasks for Transit, Inc.
Free WRTA Bus Day Pass
Summer Tennis & Reading Program
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
The CASA Project*
Early Childhood Support Services
The Salvation Army - Worcester Citadel Corps
The SHINE Initiative (fs Community Foundation of North Central MA)
Student Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Worcester County Horticultural Society)
Youth Refugee Gardening Program
Nutrition Program for Seniors
United Way of Central Massachusetts
YouthConnect Worcester - 2019
United Way of Central Massachusetts*
Summer Learning Collaborative
Open Door Gallery at Worcester Art Museum
The Sounds & Stories of Worcester
Whitin Community Center
Youth Outreach Programs
Summer Scholars Program
Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (fs Worcester Common Ground)
Program Support for WAFT
Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC)
Youth Craft + Creativity
Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre)
Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership
Worcester Common Ground, Inc.
Community Building and Affordable Housing
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
YouthWorks Year-Round Jobs Program
Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.
Confronting Critical Housing & Financial Needs for Long-Term Solutions
Worcester Cultural Coalition
Building Community Through Creativity
Worcester Earn a Bike Inc.
Worcester Education Collaborative (fs United Way)
Worcester Impact on Sexual Health (WISH) (fs Center for Health Impact)
Putting Worcester to Work
Worcester Jewish Community Center*
Scholarships for Afterschool and Summer Childcare Programs
Worcester Public Library*
2018 Summer Reading Program
Worcester Public Schools (fs City of Worcester)
Building Student Leadership through Youth Philanthropy
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.
Worcester Youth Center
Support for Core Programs
Worcester Youth Orchestras
Financial Aid & Scholarship Program
Yes We Care, Inc.
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
Minority Achievers Program
Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.
Dynamy Youth Academy
YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Racial Equity Program
Domestic Violence Services
* Indicates Early Childhood grant
Youth for Community Improvement, a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the awardees of its 2016 Fall YCI Fund program. YCI, a complementary program of the Foundation’s discretionary grant making pool, develops its own unique Request for Proposals based on the youth’s assessment of community needs. Areas of interest for 2016 included food security, youth engagement and neighborhood enrichment in Central Massachusetts. This year, 10 grants were funded from the 20 grant applications that were received serving the YCI’s areas of interest. Those organizations and programs receiving grants this fall are:
African Community Education Program, Cultural Enrichment Program $2,000
Ascentria Community Services, Mentoring Program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors $1,600
L.U.K. Crisis Center Inc., Adventure Kids Camp $1,500
Main South CDC, Youth Corps $3,000
Mass. Audubon Society- Broad Meadow Brook, Let’s GO! Worcester $2,000
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Bringing in the Bystander $4,000
Rachel’s Table, Summer Produce for Children $1,600
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Cultural Programs for Youth $2,000
Worcester Interfaith, Teen Jobs Program $4,000
Worcester Youth Center Inc., YouthSpeaks! Spoken word workshops and performances $500
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.
Foundation today announced the awardees of its Creative Spark Grant Program. The program is intended to “spark” more connections with and expressions by diverse community voices, as well as support new efforts in amplifying these voices and presence within the creative sector. This program supports both organizations and individuals, making it a unique opportunity for arts and creativity in Worcester.
In its pilot year, this program is just one element of the Foundation’s Creative Worcester Initiative, which the Foundation has launched in partnership with the Barr Foundation and its Creative Commonwealth Initiative. Those individuals and organizations receiving funds this year are:
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