Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Fund

Application Deadline: TBD

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), an advisory committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation comprised of area high school students, requests proposals from Worcester County nonprofit organizations.

Proposals must speak to youth voice to be considered. Youth voice is the empowerment of young people through leadership roles, holding decision making power, and/or involvement of youth in program organization.

Areas of Interest

After an extensive community learning process, funding priorities are determined annually by each YCI class. The 2020 areas of interest are:

Access & Equity

  • Racial justice awareness and education
  • Civic participation efforts
  • Projects supporting equity in education
  • Technology access for students

COVID-19 Relief

  • Organizations working on food access and distribution
  • Organizations working to support basic needs of individuals and families
  • Support for self-care and mental health supports in our community
  • Support for community health education, PPE distribution to individuals and community testing


Scope and Limitations

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded. Total project budgets may not exceed $25,000.

Application Forms and 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.

Questions? Sarah Shugrue, Senior Program Officer.



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