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Foundation Awards More Than $1.56M to 132 Nonprofit Organizations

The Foundation has announced the awarding of $1.56 million to 132 nonprofits through its 2019 Community Grants program. Community Grants support organizations that build healthy, vibrant communities throughout Worcester County and are made possible by generous individuals and families who have set up discretionary funds with the Foundation. This type of fund enables the Foundation to grant resources where community needs are greatest.

Community Grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to improving the region and providing opportunities for people to benefit from Worcester’s momentum,” said Barbara Fields, GWCF President and CEO. “As this is my first year, I am excited to see the scope of the Community Grants. It is essential that our community’s nonprofits receive the resources they need to continue their work. We’re privileged to be an investor in so many life-changing organizations,” she added.

The Community Grant program is one of the region’s broadest funding opportunities, opening the door for nonprofits of varying sizes and missions to seek support. Areas of interest to the Foundation span a spectrum that includes civic life, the arts and the environment, early childhood development, economic security, healthy communities, and youth development and education.

This year, the Foundation made a significant investment in youth development with 30% of grant dollars going to programs that offer youth leadership, mentorship, summer learning opportunities, and other year-round programming. Another 26% of this year’s funding will support early childhood development programs. Additionally, grants totaling over $150K are going to programs targeting affordable housing and homelessness prevention.

“It’s our mission to continue aiding those whose work creates a stronger, healthier Worcester County for residents, starting with our community’s youngest and most vulnerable,” said Carolyn Stempler, Chair of the GWCF Board. “We look forward to seeing the impact of these grants in the coming year and are eager to continue our work serving Worcester in perpetuity.”

Nonprofits receiving funds this year are: 

Abby's House

Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations

$ 18,000.00

Advocates

Recovery Aftercare

$ 5,000.00

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 Delivery

$ 5,000.00

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 (YOP) Worcester Summit Site 2020

$ 2,500.00

Apple Tree Arts*

Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program

$ 7,000.00

ArtsWorcester

Member Exhibitions

$ 8,000.00

Ascentria Community Services, Inc.

Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP)

$ 17,500.00

Auburn Youth & Family Services

Youth and Family Support Programs and Services

$ 7,500.00

Audio Journal, Inc.

Audio Journal

$ 5,500.00

Bancroft School*

Worcester Partnership (WP)

$ 15,000.00

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

Worcester Area Mentoring Program

$ 17,500.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County

After School Mentorship Program in Athol

$ 5,000.00

Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club

2020 Summer Program Camperships

$ 5,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley

General Operations

$ 5,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Youth Development Programs

$ 25,000.00

Building Futures, Inc. (fs Worcester Housing Authority)

Camp Lakeside

$ 10,000.00

Camp Putnam, Inc.

Overnight Camp Experiences

$ 8,000.00

Center for Health Impact*

Enhancing the Future of Children through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation (EFC)

$ 18,000.00

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.

Public Education & Advocacy (PE&A)

$ 10,000.00

Children's Friend

Gender Wellness Initiative (GWI)

$ 8,000.00

City of Worcester Department of Health & Human Services

Narcan Distribution Harm Reduction Initiative

$ 5,000.00

Clark University

Adam Achiever Program

$ 7,500.00

Clinton Adult Learning Center

Core Programs for Adult Learners

$ 7,500.00

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

Strengthening and Diversifying Community Engagement in the CHIP

$ 2,500.00

Community Harvest Project

Volunteer Farming Program

$ 12,000.00

Community Healthlink (fs UMass Memorial Healthcare)*

Together For Kids

$ 12,500.00

Community Legal Aid, Inc.

Greater Worcester Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

$ 17,500.00

Community Servings

Nutrition Program for Residents Affected by Critical & Chronic Illnesses

$ 9,000.00

Creative Hub Worcester

After School Program

$ 2,500.00

Crocodile River Music/African Arts in Education (fs Fractured Atlas)

Community Enrichment through African Music & Arts

$ 5,000.00

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Vocational Programs for Youth with Developmental, Behavioral, Emotional and Learning Challenges

$ 2,500.00

Discovery Museum

Discovery Science: Worcester

$ 4,000.00

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)*

2020 Countdown to Kindergarten Program

$ 7,500.00

Edward Street Child Services*

Early Childhood Matters

$25,000.00

Edward Street Child Services*

Master Teacher Consultation Program

$58,000.00

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

Nutrition Program

$ 7,500.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Dental Care for Un/Underinsured Low-Income Individuals

$ 20,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Health Care for Homeless Families Program

$ 10,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Positive Directions Summer Jump Start

$ 7,500.00

Family Health Center of Worcester*

Baby Café

$15,000.00

Family Health Center of Worcester*

Centering Pregnancy

$12,000.00

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 Housing Program

$ 20,000.00

Friendly House, Inc.

Youth Program

$ 5,000.00

Friends of St Luke's, Inc

St. Luke's Guesthouse

$ 7,500.00

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library

English Conversation Circle

$ 5,000.00

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library

Memory Cafe

$ 2,500.00

Genesis Club House, Inc.

Supported Education with Young Adult Focus

$ 20,000.00

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

It's A Girl's World

$ 5,000.00

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Eureka! Program

$ 5,000.00

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

General Operations

$ 17,500.00

Greater Worcester Land Trust

Community Based Environmental Conservation

$ 7,000.00

Growing Places Garden Project

Equitable Healthy Food Access in North Central MA

$ 8,500.00

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

General Program Support

$ 7,500.00

Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)

Peer Leadership Program

$ 10,000.00

Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)*

Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)

$ 15,000.00

Horizons for Homeless Children

Worcester Playspace Program

$ 2,500.00

House of Peace & Education*

HOPE for Kids

$ 5,000.00

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 Parent Confidence and Competency

$ 10,000.00

Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)

ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence) Program

$ 15,000.00

Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)*

Early Connections Program

$ 25,000.00

Let's Get Ready

Worcester College Access Programs

$ 5,000.00

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

English Language Literacy for Economic Security: Job Seekers and other Adult Immigrants and Refugees

$ 20,000.00

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

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), Inc.

Drop-In Center

$ 10,000.00

Main South Community Development Corporation

Grand Street Commons: Affordable Housing Development

$ 10,000.00

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.

Finding Adoptive Homes for Children and Teens in Foster Care in Worcester County

$ 5,000.00

Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.

Nature Education and Recreation Programs for Worcester Youth

$ 15,000.00

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO)

Collegiate Success Institute (CSI)

$ 10,000.00

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO)

On Our Way

$ 12,500.00

Matthew 25, Inc.

Pleasant Street Affordable Housing Project

$ 5,000.00

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.

Homework Help Center

$ 8,000.00

Music Worcester, Inc.

Perspectives: Exploring & Expanding Programmatic Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

$ 8,000.00

Nativity School of Worcester

Graduate Support Program

$ 7,500.00

NEADS Inc.

Service / Assistance Dog Training

$ 7,500.00

Net of Compassion

Main Street Saturday Program

$ 7,500.00

New Hope, Inc.

MJ Ledenham Center Visitation Services

$ 10,000.00

NewVue Communities

Community Stewards Program

$ 10,000.00

North Brookfield Youth Center

After-School and Summer Programs

$ 10,000.00

North Star Family Services, Inc.

Family Pathways Project

$ 10,000.00

Notre Dame Health Care

Educational Bridge Center

$ 5,000.00

Open Sky Community Services

Safe Homes

$ 18,000.00

Open Sky Community Services

South County Homeless Assistance Program (SCHAP)

$ 12,500.00

Our Father's House, Inc.

Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless Children

$ 15,000.00

Pathways for Change

Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Services

$ 12,000.00

Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.*

Mental Health Collaborative

$ 15,000.00

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Sex Education and Outreach to Worcester's Latinx Community and Others

$ 5,000.00

Preservation Worcester

Operating Support

$ 9,500.00

Project New Hope

Rebuilding with Honor – Easing the Transition to Civilian Life for Veterans and Their Families

$ 2,500.00

Quinsigamond Community College Foundation

Women in Technology STEM Program

$ 10,000.00

Rachel's Table (fs Jewish Federation of Central MA)

Support for Food Programs

$ 12,000.00

Rainbow Child Development Center*

Early Education Programs

$23,000.00

Reach Out and Read*

Worcester Rx for Success

$ 10,000.00

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)

Comprehensive Case Management

$ 10,000.00

Regional Environmental Council, Inc.

General Operations

$ 18,000.00

Render Creative Inc/Main IDEA

Operating Support

$ 7,500.00

Rise Above Foundation

Activities for Foster Youth

$ 5,000.00

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)

Greater Worcester Housing Connection: Triage Center Winter Emergency Resources

$ 10,000.00

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaking Communities

$ 25,000.00

Spanish American Center, Inc.

Nos Ayudamos Mutuamente (Helping Ourselves)

$ 6,000.00

Straight Ahead Ministries Inc

Worcester Youth Re-Entry Program

$ 12,500.00

Tasks for Transit, Inc.

WRTA Single-Day Bus Pass Program

$ 2,500.00

Tenacity, Inc.

Summer Tennis & Reading Program

$ 6,000.00

The CASA Project*

Early Childhood Support Services

$ 25,000.00

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

Mindmatters Teams

$ 7,500.00

Together for Kids Coalition (fs Edward Street Child Services)*

Early Childhood Strategic Plan Implementation

$ 22,000.00

Tri-Valley, Inc.

Nutrition Program

$ 10,000.00

United Way of Central MA*

Summer Literacy Initiative - Funders Collaborative

$60,000.00

United Way of Central Massachusetts

YouthConnect Worcester 2020

$ 18,000.00

United Way of Tri-County

Wheat Community Connections

$ 2,500.00

Visitation House

Bridging Back to Economic Resiliency

$ 2,500.00

VSA Massachusetts

Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum

$ 5,000.00

WCUW Inc.

The Voices of Worcester Sharing Passion, Heritage and Love of Community

$ 10,000.00

Whitin Community Center

Youth Outreach Program

$ 8,000.00

Worcester Academy

Summer Scholars

$ 2,500.00

Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (fs Worcester Common Ground)

Moratorium Now

$ 5,000.00

Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS)

Summer CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Bring Success)

$ 2,500.00

Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre)

Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership

$ 5,000.00

Worcester Chamber Music Society

Neighborhood Strings

$ 8,000.00

Worcester Common Ground, Inc.

Community Building and Affordable Housing

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Community Action Council Inc.

Worcester Youth Leadership Institute

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.

Community Housing & Economic Stability

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Community Skateshop (fs Worcester Roots Project)

Youth Skate Program Spring/Summer 2020

$ 2,500.00

Worcester Cultural Coalition

Implementing the Evolution of Worcester: the Creative City

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Earn a Bike Inc.

Youth Program Support

$ 2,500.00

Worcester Education Collaborative (fs United Way of Central MA)

Operating Support

$ 12,500.00

Worcester Interfaith

A Worcester That Works for Everyone

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Jewish Community Center*

Access to Quality Programming for All

$ 10,000.00

Worcester Public Library Foundation*

2020 Summer Reading Program

$ 5,000.00

Worcester Public Library Foundation*

2019 Summer Reading Program

$5,000.00

Worcester Public Schools (fs City of Worcester)

Building Youth Leadership Through Philanthropy

$ 10,000.00

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

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Minority Achievers Program

$ 8,000.00

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Summer Play

$ 11,000.00

Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.

Dynamy Youth Academy

$ 10,000.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Domestic Violence Services

$ 20,000.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity and Independence through Careers and Education)

$ 10,000.00

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Racial Equity Program

$ 5,000.00



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