The Creative Intersections grant program, part of our Creative Worcester Initiative, supports projects that leverage the arts as a tool and catalyst to respond to human need in a way that is authentic, inclusive and equitable. These grants aim to fund projects that are intersectional in nature, that combine non-arts sector programing with the arts, and create pathways for collaboration and innovation. View Guidelines
The Business of Art - A Program for Individual Artists
Individual artists are essential to a vibrant arts and culture ecosystem, but developing a successful creative career has unique challenges. That's why GWCF is teaming up with MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists to offer The Business of Art, a 6-month cohort program providing Worcester artists of color or those who identify as low to moderate income with the entrepreneurial support they need to grow and thrive in the post-pandemic cultural sector. View Guidelines
Questions? Please contact Lindiana Semidei, Program Associate.
Fairlawn Foundation Fund
Fairlawn Foundation is dedicated to improving health and health care by supporting innovative projects, rooted in evidence-based practice, that strive to produce demonstrable outcomes. Beginning in 2017, the Foundation is focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community. View Guidelines
Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund
The purpose of the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund is to advance projects that increase access to healthcare and/or health promotion services for vulnerable residents of Worcester County – by creating and expanding outreach services, removing barriers to care, and encouraging sustainable care coordination. View Guidelines
Questions? Please contact Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs & Strategy.
Worcester Tercentennial Inclusion Grants
As we approach the upcoming celebration of Worcester’s Tercentennial, the Foundation is committed to promoting equity and inclusion at the events. For the planned activities to be fully sincere, authentic, diverse, multi-dimensional experiences, we believe all perspectives, voices, and lived experiences must be welcomed, embraced, and spotlighted.
To this end, the Foundation has committed $20,000 in Inclusion Grants for Tercentennial participation. These grants – of up to $500 each -- aim to facilitate the inclusion of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in both the Parade and the Festival for whom participation might be cost-prohibitive.
Individuals, sole proprietorships, businesses, and nonprofit organizations seeking support may apply to the Foundation through a simple online application which can be accessed below.
Funds will be awarded based on two criteria:
- Primary criteria: Inclusion of community groups or individuals whose participation will offer underrepresented experiences, perspectives and voices – including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, refugee, immigrant or persons living with a disability.
- Secondary criteria: Inclusion of community groups or individuals for whom participation is cost-prohibitive without foundation support.
If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, contact Lindiana Semidei, Program Officer at GWCF, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-755-0980
Please note that applying for a Tercentennial Inclusion Grant application is separate and distinct from the processes for applying to participate in the Festival and Parade.
• Click here to apply to the Festival.
• Click here to apply to the Parade.
GWCF-Sponsored Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Food Security
The Foundation has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Food Security Program in Central and Southern Worcester County. The grant program is intended to direct vital resources to individuals and households experiencing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. View Guidelines
Youth for Community Improvement
Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) is an advisory committee of Greater Worcester Community Foundation comprised of area high schools students. Areas of interest change annually in response to the priorities of these youth leaders. View Guidelines
Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger
The Fund to End Hunger awards grants to nonprofits that share the vision of creating hunger-free communities and work towards that goal. View Guidelines
Please contact Sarah Shugrue, Senior Program Officer.
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UniBank September 11th Emergency Personnel Education Fund
The fund was created to honor the everyday heroes who responded to the September 11th tragedy and to help local emergency personnel become better prepared. View Guidelines
Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund
The goal of the fund is to show support for public education by encouraging innovation and curriculum enhancement in the Killingly Public Schools. View Guidelines
Leicester Savings Bank Fund
The goal of the fund is to support project that improve the quality of life and build a stronger community in Leicester. View Guidelines
Mary B. Grogan Fund for Youth
The fund provides financial support for educational recreational projects for the youth of Millbury. View Guidelines
Questions? Please contact Sarah Shugrue, Senior Program Officer.