Worcester Together: Central Mass COVID-19 Fund 

The Foundation and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, together with our generous donors and in collaboration with the City of Worcester, launched Worcester Together in March. The Fund rapidly deployed grants and other resources to organizations throughout Worcester County that work with communities that were disproportionately affected by the coronavirus public health crisis.

Worcester Together has announced that the fund has suspended accepting applications for Phase 1: Rapid Response grants.  Funding opportunities in future rounds are under consideration. 

About the Fund

The current goal of Worcester Together is to address long-term needs, complementing the work of public health officials and expanding local capacity to address impacts on our region’s vulnerable populations. Future grants will target organizations with deep roots in the community and strong experience working with people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, our senior neighbors and communities of color, among others. 

While this pandemic is unprecedented, our highest priority continues to be serving the needs of our community. The Foundation, the United Way, the City of Worcester, local officials throughout the County and other donors and philanthropies are all collaborating to give the Fund the optimal reach and exposure.


Over $8.6M has been granted through Response & Recovery funding phases! View our grantees here.

How You Can Help

Your gift to Worcester Together will help our community and our neighbors get through this pandemic.
We're grateful to the Alden Trust for their significant leadership in helping to launch this Fund. 

In the News


Barbara Fields from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Daily Breaking, August 3

Business Matters: Central Mass. By the Numbers
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 2

Worcester coalition provides free restaurant meals for COVID-19 patients, families
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, July 28

Cornerstone Bank donates to Worcester Together Fund
Community Advocate, July 27

Worcester Together Fund surpasses $10M raised since start of pandemic
Worcester Business Journal, July 27

Worcester Together fund tops $10M
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, July 27

Worcester Together Fund Passes $10 Million in Donations
This Week in Worcester, July 27

Worcester Together partners with Elders Services to distribute 600 gift baskets to high-risk coronavirus adults across Central Massachusetts
Masslive, July 24

Fidelity Bank donates over $200K through ‘Caring for our Communities’ program to help Central Massachusetts residents affected by COVID-19
Masslive, July 15

Worcester Together distributes $2.3 million in grants to area nonprofits
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 10

Worcester Together fund sends $2.3 Million in recovery grants to 54 nonprofits
Masslive, July 9

Fidelity Bank gives more than $200,000 to help residents affected by COVID-19
Sentinel &  Enterprise, July 4

Worcester unveils work by local artists with ‘messages of hope and empathy’ made to inspire during time of loneliness, unrest
Masslive, July 1

Camps, gyms in Worcester County prep for Phase 3 reopening
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, June 30

United Way commits additional $500K for city youth summer programs
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, June 21

Worcester Together Fund Highlights a Quick, Successful Collaboration
This Week in Worcester, June 16

Worcester schools to set up 3,500 internet hotspots for families during summer
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, June 11

Greater Worcester Community Foundation announces grants to support nonprofits, community members committed to anti-racism work
Masslive, June 10

Worcester makers give thousands of free face masks to EMS organizations
WCVB5, June 4

Hoping to resurrect city’s momentum before coronavirus pandemic, Worcester’s Economic Recovery Committee bringing business owners to the table in reopening plan
MassLive, May 27

2020 Power 50: Barbara G. Fields & Carolyn J. Stempler
Worcester Business Journal, May 25

Arts, culture communities weigh post-COVID world options
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 24

Worcester Together Fund surpasses $6.5M
Worcester Business Journal, May 20

Bank of America gives $100K to Worcester Together coronavirus fund, which has raised more than $6.7M
Masslive, May 20

Letter: Crowley family supporting community, lifting spirits
Worcester Telegram, May 11

Keep innovating, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends
WBJ, May 11

Local COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits in California, Massachusetts and New York
JD Supra, May 11

Business Matters: Leaders step up amid COVID-19
Worcester Telegram, May 10

Local nonprofits face tighter purse, stronger demand during pandemic 
Worcester Telegram , May 9

Country Bank Donates $75,000 As Part Of ‘Neighbors In Need’ Program
BusinessWest.com, May 7

‘Giving Tuesday': Eastern Bank giving $5M in coronavirus relief to support those ‘most impacted’ in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
MassLive.com, May 5

‘Facemask Challenge’ puts ‘Worcester Together’ over $5M
Millbury Sutton Chronicle,May 5

Worcester Together fund hopes #GivingTuesdayNow pushes coronavirus fundraising to more than $6 million
MassLive.com, May 5

Worcester Together Fund aims to raise $400,000 on Giving Tuesday
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, May 4 

Worcester Together Fund closes in on $6,000,000
Talk of the Commonwealth, May 1

Worcester Together Face Mask Challenge raising money for COVID-19 fund
7 News Boston, May 1

Worcester Together Fund closes in on $6,000,000
Talk of the Commonwealth, April 30

Face Mask Challenge Raises $1,600 in First 3 Days for COVID-19 Relief Fund
Spectrum News, April 25

Worcester Together COVID-19 relief fund tops $5 million in donations
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 24

Marijuana retailer's donation helps push Worcester Together fund past $5M
Worcester Business Journal, April 24

As I See It: Anna Maria students become ‘helpers’ during crisis
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 23

Mayor Petty asked to kickoff face mask fundraising challenge to benefit Worcester Together Fund
Worcester Telegram Gazette, April 22

Worcester Cannabis Co.'s Coronavirus Gift Rooted In AIDS Crisis
Worcester Patch, April 20

Chamber Corner: Worcester chamber offers resources to businesses in need
Worcester Telegram, April 19

Good deeds: Good Chemistry donates $50K to Worcester Together COVID-19 fund
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 18

Coronavirus: Making $50K donation to Worcester Together fund, Good Chemistry CEO says COVID-19 pandemic brings reminder of AIDS crisis
Masslive, April 17

Mayor, city manager: Shining a light in dark times, Worcester comes together
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 17

This weekend: Beer for a cause, pizza kits, and cooking classes from around the world
Boston.com, April 17

ICU beds filling up; St. Vincent Hospital gets ventilator shipment
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 15

70 Worcester artists receive Worcester Creative Relief Fund
Worcester Magazine, April 15

Wachusett Brewing and Atlas Distributing Launch Glory American IPA to Support Local United Way Charities
Brewbound.com, April 14

Worcester Together fund donates $400K to area nonprofits, nears $4M mark
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, April 9

THE NEXT DRAFT: Not just beer, but charitable donations also flowing at Redemption Rock Brewing Co.
Wicked Local Carver, April 7

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts Commits $2M To COVID-19 Community Relief
Fox 5 Vegas, April 6

‘Worcester Together’ raises $1M in one weekend
Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, April 6

Worcester Together announces over $150,000 in phase one funding
The016, April 3

Alden Trust donates $1M to local COVID-19 efforts,
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 2

Worcester Cultural Coalition announces artist relief grants
Worcester Magazine, April 1

Worcester Together with Barbara Fields, President of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Talk of the Commonwealth, March 30

Coronavirus changes Augustus’ focus, not his responsibilities
Worcester telegram & Gazette, March 28

Daily Breaking: Barbara Fields, Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
WCCA TV 13, March 24

Worcester community coronavirus response fund up to $2.1M
Worcester Business Journal, March 24

Sean Rose Starts Free Throw Contest to Support Worcester Together Fund
This Week Worcester, March 23

Worcester pursues interesting COVID-19 homeless option
Commonwealth Magazine, March 21

Worcester Together raises nearly $2 million in first day for relief and recovery from coronavirus pandemic
MassLive, March 20

Greater Worcester Community Foundation sets up emergency fund to support coronavirus response
Worcester telegram & Gazette, March 18

Coronavirus: With ‘Worcester Together,’ city and organizations to address basic and long-term needs of the community during COVID-19 outbreak
MassLive, March 18

GWCF donates $535K to COVID19 Response Fund
Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, March 17

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Announces GWCF COVID19 Response Fund With Initial Funding of $535,000
The 016.com, March 17


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