Creative Intersections: Project Grants

Applications Accepted: 

  • Summer Cycle: March 7 - April 18, 2022

  • Fall Cycle: Cancelled

  • Winter Cycle: September 12 - October 24, 2022

"The intersection where gifts, talents, and creativity meet human need."

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. 

At the Foundation, we know arts, culture, and creativity to be key components in assisting individuals, families, and communities to live healthy and thriving lives. Projects should be creative and help elevate unheard voices, give communities a sense of belonging, and use arts as a way to heal and uplift or celebrate cultural differences.

The Creative Intersections grant program will be offered through three funding cycles in 2022. We anticipate notifying applicants of award outcomes by May 31 (Summer cycle), August 31 (fall cycle) and December 2 (winter cycle).

Grant Range

$5,000 - $10,000


Proposed Projects Must:

  • Be something new
  • Meet a human need
  • Use arts as the foundation for the work
  • Be intersectional in nature: non-arts sector and arts
  • Take place within the city of Worcester
  • Must have an intersectional pairing with an institution and/or an individual creative and/or a group
  • Have a start date after the grant award date

Creative Intersection Examples (but not limited to):

  • Arts & Health/Mental Health
  • Arts & Aging
  • Arts & Recovery
  • Arts & Environment
  • Arts & Education
  • Arts & Science/ Technology
  • Arts & History
  • Arts & Public Design/ Spaces
  • Arts & Social Justice
  • Arts & Identity
  • Arts & Civic Engagement

Art Discipline Examples (but not limited to):

  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Crafts
  • Indigenous, Cultural Art
  • Media Art

Terms & Conditions

Applicants must be 501(c)3 Non-profit organizations, or organizations with fiscal sponsorship.

Application & Instructions

The application form is online. The first time an organization applies to the Foundation through our online application system, it creates an Organization Account to use for each application going forward. Please use the same account you have previously used, or create a new one if this your first time applying online. You may contact Foundation staff to find out if your organization already has an account in our system.


If you have questions about the Community Grant Program, please contact Program Associate Lindiana Semidei. Send an inquiry here.

Photo Caption

The "Give me a Sign" project, funded by GWCF through the Creative Worcester Initiative, exemplifies a creative and intersectional project that incorporated graphic design, public art, and mental health during the COVID-19 shutdown. Photo Credit: Discover Central MA

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