Grant Opportunities

Each of our granting programs has its own set of guidelines and parameters. All organizations should closely review the opportunities below to confirm eligibility and appropriateness. Organizations may apply in multiple areas and to whichever programs they choose.

Explore grant programs by category:

Action for Racial Equity

Action for Racial Equity Grant Program

In support of nonprofits and others in our community who commit to anti-racism work, we launched a grant program in 2020 designed to help organizations take next steps in the journey to becoming more equitable in practice, policy, leadership, and impact. View Guidelines

Questions? Please contact Lindiana Semidei, Program Associate, or Sarah Shugrue, Senior Program Officer.

Community Support

Community Grant Program

The Community Grant Program - with separate grant cycles for Projects and General Operating Support is rooted in the belief that we can collectively work towards a more equitable, vibrant and just community by offering more flexible grant options, implementing strategic focus areas, and putting more emphasis on the underlying approaches nonprofit organizations apply to their work. View the guidelines

Nonprofit Effectiveness Grant Program

The Nonprofit Effectiveness Grant Program is designed to support fresh perspectives on routine operations that demonstrate your organization's learning agenda and values. The Nonprofit Effectiveness Grant Program is replacing GWCF's Mini-Grant Program. View the guidelines


Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Program & Strategy, 508-755-0980

Arts, Culture, and Creativity

Creative Intersections

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.

Health and Behavioral Health

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.

Special Interest

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.

Town Specific

Blackstone Valley, MA

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

Killingly, CT

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, MA

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

Millbury, MA

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.

Applications are online!

We require an online application for all of our grant programs. Each organization must create an account through our web portal to complete the application and upload materials including narrative, budgets, audits, progress reports, board lists and other attachments.
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