We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue and other challenges. We are currently accepting applications for two funding phases, Phase One: Rapid Response and Phase Two: Recovery. Please check the information above to confirm your eligibility.
Additional grant opportunities, resources and tools are being compiled daily. Those to explore include:
Please note, only 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored projects are eligible for grants. If you are a small business, visit the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional resources.
Regrettably, the Fund is not able to award grants to individuals. We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. We are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic and social impacts.
As we begin to award grants to community-based organizations, we will post them on our website, so please check back for a list of organizations that may be able to assist you.
Resources to consider:
The Worcester Together: Central Mass COVID-19 Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Worcester County cities and towns.
We encourage organizations serving the northern part of Worcester County to first inquire with the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts about the availability of funds.
Our geographic footprint includes: Ashburnham, Athol, Auburn, Barre, Berlin, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester.
Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience. As such, we have designed a three-phase funding approach to our COVID-19 granting: Rapid Response, Recovery, and Re-imagining. As our community adapts to the outbreak, the Fund will continue to evolve and we will also continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis.