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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 today announced the awardees of its Fairlawn Foundation Fund. The fund is focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community, such as closing gaps in service and increasing the supply of qualified and culturally competent mental health professionals and paraprofessionals. Those organizations receiving funds this year are:
Foundation today announced the awardees of its Leicester Savings Bank Fund. Over the past twenty-one years, the fund has been supporting the town and its residents in a myriad of ways, from town staples like the Harvest Fair and Summer Concert Series to responsive programs that are helping residents with immediate and basic needs. This year, the fund is even kickstarting new projects that are creating and preserving community spaces.
This year, grants total over $43,000. The 2019 grantees are:
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