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The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Community Grant program. The Foundation’s largest competitive granting program of the year, Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities through creating access to opportunity and upward mobility in Greater Worcester. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million in Community Grants to 139 nonprofit organizations.
Community Grants are made possible by donors who have set up endowment funds with the Foundation for this purpose, with grant amounts typically ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Areas of interest this year include Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment; Early Childhood Development; Economic Security; Healthy Communities; Youth Development & Education. Organizations located in the Greater Worcester area that are engaging local partners or building local capacity will be preferred.
For those new to the Foundation or seeking a refresher, the Foundation will be hosting orientation sessions about the Community Grant Program over the summer. Sessions will be held Thursday, July 25 from 4-5:00pm; Wednesday, August 7 from 9-10:00am; and Wednesday, August 21 from 12-1:00pm. All sessions will be held at the Foundation at 350 Main Street in Worcester, and program staff will be present to take questions. Sign up can be found on the Community Grant Program page on the Foundation website.
Applications must be received by September 16, 2019. For questions, email Jonathan Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-755-0980.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for their Community Grant program. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. The Foundation focus on five areas of interest for community grants, which include arts and culture, civic engagement, and environment; early childhood development; youth development and education; economic security; and healthy communities.
“After a year-long “learning tour,” spent exploring issues and speaking with nonprofit leaders we revised our community grant guidelines in early 2016. The changes were made with both continuity and increased effectiveness in mind,” said Ann Lisi, President and CEO at GWCF. “One of the changes was to shift our community grants program from a semiannual to an annual schedule to make more efficient use of staff and volunteer time and to increase the rigor of our grant making by facilitating comparison of proposals.”
Several fundamental values inform GWCF’s grant making: access to opportunity, respect for diversity, and sustainable institutions. With these in mind, we are confident that a healthy and vibrant community can be realized.
Community grants are available for first-time applicants as well as existing and past grantees. Applications must be received by September 15, 2016. For more information, contact Jonathan Cohen, email@example.com or 508-755-0980.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for the Leicester Savings Bank Fund, a permanent charitable resource to benefit residents of Leicester, MA. The fund will supports projects that improve the quality of life and build a stronger community for Leicester residents of every age.
To receive funding, applicants must state how they will use the grant to do the following:
Any non-municipal association or nonprofit organization that serves residents of Leicester is invited to apply. Grants are available for capital expenditures (to acquire or renovate property or equipment) or for operating expenses of specific programs or projects undertaken by associations or organizations. The advisory committee is comprised of former trustees of Leicester Savings Bank and community members.
Applications must be received online by April 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) program. Entering its 18th year, YCI has engaged over 180 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and has awarded over $285,000 to over 70 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant-making and leadership skills.
“Each year, the young people in YCI work together to create opportunities and positive impact in our community through grant making,” said Sarah Shugrue, GWCF Program Officer. “Throughout their journey together, they develop a deeper understanding of the assets and challenges in their community, the workings of nonprofit organizations, and are able to reflect on their values and views. The YCI Class is an impeccable example of the powerful difference empowered young people can make in our community.”
Fall 2017 high school sophomores and juniors in Worcester County who are motivated to make a difference in the community and are interested in teamwork are encouraged to apply. Please note: YCI members must be available Wednesdays 4-7pm 9/13 - 12/13 and Saturday 9/9.
Applications must be received online by June 2, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at email@example.com or 508-755-0980.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for the Leicester Savings Bank Fund. Applications must be received by April 15, 2016. For more information, contact Sarah Shugrue, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
The Fund supports projects that improve the quality of life and building a stronger community in Leicester. The purpose of the Leicester Savings Bank Fund is to provide financial support for projects which help to make life better for Leicester residents of every age.
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 email@example.com or 508-755-0980 with questions or concerns.
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