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:

Community Support

Community Grant Program

Deadline: September 16, 2019

Notification: By December 13, 2019

Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that create access to opportunity and upward mobility in the Greater Worcester Region. View Guidelines


Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Creative Worcester

Creative Spark Mini-Grant Program

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between July and December 2019

Notification: Within 60 days

Organizations and individuals engaged in the creative sector with an innovative idea that aligns with our values and advances the City of Worcester's Cultural Plan are invited to apply for a Creative Spark Grant. View Guidelines


Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Grant Program

Deadline: September 16, 2019

Notification: By December 13, 2019

A child’s first eight years are the most critical for human development, and we believe that building a solid foundation during these years is the most effective way to assure a healthy and productive life. The Foundation has made early childhood education a priority of its funding initiatives. View Guidelines


Contact: Chris O'Keeffe, Vice President for Programs, 508-755-0980


Fairlawn Foundation Fund

Deadline: April 26, 2019

Notification: By July 1, 2019

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

Deadline: March 29, 2019

Notification: By May 31, 2019

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


Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Special Interest

Basic Needs Capital Grant

Deadline: April 26, 2019

This is a one-time small capital grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations working to alleviate hunger or homelessness in Worcester County. View Guidelines

Mini-Grant Program

Deadline: None. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Mini-grants are one-time grants made to nonprofits for recurring needs. Areas of interest include: responsive innovation, organizational effectiveness, and equipment or technology purchase. View Guidelines

Youth for Community Improvement

Deadline: November 15, 2019

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

Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund
Deadline: None. Applications are reviewed monthly.

The Rosemary Davis Fund has awarded all available grants for 2018.  Any applications received between now and December will be reviewed in late January 2019.

The Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools to protect animals and to educate Central Massachusetts residents on topics of wildlife, nature, and environmental science. View Guidelines 

Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger
Deadline: May 17, 2019
Notification: By July 31, 2019
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


Contact: Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

Town Specific

Blackstone Valley, MA

UniBank September 11th Emergency Personnel Education Fund

Deadline: March 29, 2019

Notification: By May 1, 2019

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

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Notification: By August 2, 2019 

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

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Notification: TBD

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

Deadline: April 12, 2019

Notification: By June 14, 2019

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

Deadline: October 18, 2019

Notification: By December 1, 2019

The fund provides financial support for educational recreational projects for the youth of Millbury. View Guidelines


Contact: Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer, 508-755-0980

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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