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.

Announcements about 2021 granting programs and plans will be rolled out across the first quarter of the new year.

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, this grant program is 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

Greater Worcester Community Foundation, through its Community Grant Program, seeks to provide operational and/or programmatic support to nonprofit organizations working to create a more inclusive, equitable and vibrant Greater Worcester communityView Guidelines


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

Arts, Culture, and Creativity

About the Creative Worcester Initiative

Greater Worcester Community Foundation is excited to partner with the Barr Foundation to support and elevate the creative community of Worcester. Through several initiatives, we look to do our part to energize and elevate Worcester’s dynamic creative ecosystem by helping support innovative projects and thoughtful planning.

The Creative Worcester Initiative will support organizations and individuals in the creative sector, and those committed to strengthening the sector, to develop deeper engagement with our changing and diverse community. Our aim is to foster a city where artists and creative entrepreneurs are welcomed and supported, quality projects are expanded and emulated, the contributions of our diverse populations are celebrated, and the sector is supported as a key driver of vitality and well-being.

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 or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health. View Guidelines


Questions? Please contact Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs & Strategy.

Special Interest

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

Questions? 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

Brookfield, MA

Jeppson Memorial Fund

The fund provides funding to civic and community projects that help improve the life of residents and enrich the cultural environment in Brookfield, Massachusetts. 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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