Our Grantees

Across the region, Foundation grantees are working hard to address the current and emerging needs of our communities through innovative programs, strong leadership and a commitment to increasing opportunities for all.


Grantee Spotlight

Dismas House began its Prisoner Reentry Program in 1998 with Foundation support. Aided by strong community connections, Dismas House meets the diverse needs of its residents as they navigate their reentry, practically and emotionally, back into society. "We fashioned our own toolkit to succeed," says David McMahon, founding director. "The Dismas model works."

Today, donors like you continue to help make their work possible by supporting discretionary, field of interest and donor advised funds with the Foundation. Thank you!


Meet Our Grantees

As each of our grant cycles complete, approved grants will be listed here. Please check back often to view updates!

Worcester Together: COVID-19 Fund Grants

Phase Two Recovery Funding: Over $2.3M Granted

Grants support general operations for 3-6 months as organizations work through their planning for the future.


Abby's House

African Community Education

Ansaar of Worcester

ArtsWorcester

Ascentria Community Services

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Worcester

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance

Community Harvest Project

Community Healthlink

Community Legal Aid

Crocodile River Music

Dismas House of Massachusetts

EcoTarium

Friendly House

Genesis Club House

Girls Incorporated of Worcester

Habitat for Humanity Metrowest/Greater Worcester

Joy of Music Program

Latin American Health Alliance

Latino Education Institute

Legendary Legacies

Listening, The Barre Integrated Health Center

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

Muslim Community Link

Net of Compassion

NewVue Communities

North Star Family Services

Open Sky Community Services

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Pathways for Change

Pernet Family Health Service

Project New Hope

Rainbow Child Development Center

Regatta Point Community Sailing

Regional Environmental Council

Main IDEA Youth Arts

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

The CASA Project

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

WCLOC Theater Company

Webster Square Daycare

Whitin Community Center

Winchendon Community Action Committee

Worcester Anti Foreclosure Team

Hanover Theatre (Worcester Center for Performing Arts)

Worcester Chamber Music Society

Worcester Common Ground

Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Jewish Community Center

Worcester Youth Center

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Phase One Response Funding: Over $4.7M Granted

Rapid response to support organizations working on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic


*Indicates organizations that are also receiving funding through the Massachusetts Covid-19 Response FundThe  Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced.

Organization Name Program Description
Abby's House* Supplies & staff to keep shelter operating safely 
Advocates Wraparound support services for seniors
African Community Education Supplies & staff to allow for expanded services to immigrant/refugee client families
AIDS Project Worcester* Survival supplies for at-risk & homeless clients
Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter Technology to support client service delivery
Angels Net Foundation Inc Therapeutic, educational & other supports for immigrant/refugee clients
Ansaar of Worcester* Meal delivery to meet special dietary needs of  homebound immigrant/refugee clients
Apple Tree Arts Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
ARCHway, Inc. Supplies to keep residential facilities operating safely
ArtReach Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Ascentria Community Services, Inc. Supplies & staff to insure safe client services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc. Emergency supports for families

Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club

Summer youth programs
Born To Win Ministries Supplies & equipment for food pantry
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester* Emergency childcare services in four locations; special services for club members; babysitter training for teens caring for siblings
Broadmeadow Brook (Mass Audubon) Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Building Futures, Inc.* Wraparound supports for elderly residents of Worcester Housing Authority
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester* Provision of family necessities at four service locations
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.* Supplies to enable safe client engagement with seniors; temporary placement of homeless families in hotels
CENTRO Supplies & staff for food pantry
Children's Friend* Emergency childcare services; grief support services to children/families
Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester* Hiring of community volunteer & resource coordinator
Colony Retirement Homes Supplies to insure safe meal delivery and other supports to residents
Community Healthlink* Specialized residence for Covid-positive clients who require special attention
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Legal services to support low-wage workers from marginalized populations
Community Servings* Meal delivery for food-insecure, seriously-ill residents
Crocodile River Music Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Technology for developmentally-challenged youth group home residents
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.* Expanded care & support for recent prison releasees
Eastern Orthodox Management Corporation/Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Supplies & equipment to insure safe resident care
Ecotarium Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center* Supplies & staff to meet increased patient needs
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.* Supplies to insure safe meal delivery; in-home kits for socially-isolated seniors
Family Continuity dba FCP Inc.  Technology to insure services to high-risk clients
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.* Supplies & staff to meet increased patient needs, including at city homeless shelters and in Southbridge
Family Services of Central Massachusetts Summer literacy supports for youth programs & online
Friendly House, Inc.* Supplies to support expanded client services; summer youth programs
Friends of St Luke's, Inc* Expanded emergency homeless shelter capacity in South County
Genesis Club House, Inc.* Support services & rental assistance for clients w/developmental disabilities
Girls Incorporated of Worcester* Summer youth programming
Growing Places Garden Project Supplies & equipment to support mobile produce delivery to at-risk households in North County
Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester* Mortgage relief for homeowners
Hanover Theatre Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Harrington HealthCare System* Supplies & equipment for client services; safety training for frontline workers
Heywood Hospital Expansion of weekend food backpack program for youth
Horace Mann Educational Associates, Inc. Supplies & equipment for specialized treatment center for covid-positive individuals with developmental disabilities
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (fs Friendly House) Supplies & increased staff for family shelter
Jeremiah's Inn* Supplies & equipment to support increased food pantry demand
Kennedy-Donovan Center Wraparound supports for at-risk families in south county
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.* Supplies & equipment to support increased client services
Latin American Health Alliance of Central Mass. Inc.* Rent support for clients to open additional space in shelter
Latino Education Institute* Expanded educational supports for latino/latinx students & families; expanded comunal supports
Legendary Legacies, Inc. Support for food distribution & technology to expand client services
LGBT Asylum Support Task Force* Rental assistance for at-risk immigrant/refugee clients
Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), Inc.* Expanded emergency services for clients; operation of homeless shelter for women
MAB Community Services, Inc. Emergency triage for older adults with low/no-vision
Main IDEA Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Main South Community Development Corporation* Meal delivery program for Covid-positive households; rental assistance for at-risk residents
Marie's Mission Additional supplies for diaper pantry
Mass 211 Expanded operation of statewide emergency call center
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Wraparound supports for at-risk families with young children
MassHire Central Region Workforce Board Technology to support low-income students in job skills/readiness programs
Mission E4 Expanded food distribution to at-risk families
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. Additional supports for childcare families
Muslim Community Link* Wrap around and food supports for immigrant college students
Nativity School of Worcester Supplies & supports for students & their families
Net of Compassion* Operation of school-based, city-sponsored homeless shelters
New England Dairy & Food Council Supplies & equipment for school-based food programs across county
North Star Family Services, Inc. Supplies & increased staff for family shelter
NewVue Communities* Rental Assistance for at-risk tenants
Open Sky Community Services* Supplies & equipment for increased client services; case management & rental assistance for clients coming out of city homeless shelters
Our Father's House, Inc. Supplies & increased staff for homeless shelter
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.* Stock up for infant supply pantry & family food pantry
Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center Wraparound supports for local residents in need
Project New Hope* Food pantry for veterans & their families
Quinsigamond Community College Foundation* Emergency fund for homeless & high-risk students
Rachel's Table* Milk supply for food pantries
RCAP Solutions, Inc.* Mortgage protection to reduce evictions
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) Wraparound support for immigrants/refugees
Regatta Point Sailing Summer youth programs
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.* Expand healthy food access through mobile markets,  gardens
Rise Above Foundation Educational supports for children in foster care
Riverside Community Care, Inc Supplies & technology for expanded client services
Saint Paul's Elder Outreach Emergency supplies for at-risk seniors
Seven Hills Foundation Emergency response supplies and equipment
South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) Temporary expansion of emergency homeless shelter operations
South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Equipment to meet increased food pantry demand
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts Supports for immigrant/refugees families in need
St. Joseph/St. Pius X: Leicester Food Pantry Supplies & equipment for expanded food pantry operations
St. Mary Health Care Center Supplies & increased staff for safe service delvery to clients
Steven Entertainment Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Technocopia Partnership to manufacture face shields for local health care workers; cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
The CASA Project Technology for telehealth & educational supports for children in foster care
The Community Builders, Inc. Expanded supports for low-income residents of Plumley Village
The Shine Initiative (fs Community Foundation of North Central MA) Virtual youth wellness programming for students
Tri-Valley, Inc.* Supplies to insure safe meal delivery to expanded client base
UMass Memorial Health Care* Community engagement in high-risk neighborhoods via care mobile; increased testing
Wheat Community Connections Supplies & equipment for food pantry
University of Massachusetts Medical School* Support for development of database for virus tracking & learning
Veterans Inc.* Expanded supports for homeless/at-risk veterans & families
VNA Care Network, Inc. Increased supplies for home-based healthcare workers
Webster Square Day Care Center, Inc. Expanded capacity to deliver in-home learning for pre-K students
Whitin Community Center* Summer youth programming & meals
Worcester ACTs (Addressing Childhood Trauma) Support for online learning for high-risk families
Worcester Art Museum Cultural enrichment activities for summer youth programs
Worcester Common Ground, Inc.* Rental assistance for at-risk tenants
Worcester Community Action Council Inc.* Expanded services for low-incomes families; gift card distribution to individuals/families who immigration/refugee status is in question
Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.* Rental assistance & increased sanitation for at-risk tenants; mortgage protection to reduce evictions
Worcester Education Collaborative (fs United Way of Central MA) Delivery of training on trauma informed care
Worcester Interfaith* Expanded network of cultural brokers to support immigrant/refugee families
Worcester Public Schools WiFi hot spots for WPS students/families
Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP) Expanded wraparound & food supports for immigrant/refugee families
Worcester State Foundation/Worcester State University* Emergency fund for homeless/high-students 
World Farmers, Inc.* Food grown by/distributed to immigrants and refugees
Yes We Care, Inc. Increased staffing for neighborhood food & clothing pantry
YMCA of Central Massachusetts* Emergency childcare services at four locations; summer youth programs & meals at six sites; WPS summer meal delivery
YouthConnect* Summer youth programming & meals for young teens
Rec Worcester (Youth Opportunities Office)* Youth programming & meals at 25+ public parks
Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.* Technology to support in-home learning of at-risk teens; supplies & equipment for safe operation of residential care facilities; behavioral health supports for summer youth programs; expanded operation of centralized community crisis hotline
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.* Expanded services for transitional housing program; summer youth programming & meals

Basic Needs Capital Grants

This is a one-time grant program made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Grants were awarded in 2019 to help hunger and homelessness organizations build capacity.

Grant Awardees

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $4,500
 
Catholic Charities Worcester County, $2,500
 
Central MA Housing Alliance, $5,000
 
Community Harvest Project, Inc., $5,000
 
Dismas House of Massachusetts, $7,500
 
Friendly House, $10,000
 
Growing Places Garden Project, Inc., $3,250
 
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester, $2,600
 
Jeremiah's Inn, $3,500
 
Living in Freedom Together (LIFT), $10,000
 
Nativity School of Worcester, $1,500
 
Our Father's House, Inc., $10,000
 
Rachel's Table, $2,150
 
Regional Environmental Council, $10,000
 
UPC - Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter, $2,500
 
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, $10,000

Community Grants

This is the Foundation's largest and most flexible grant program, providing approximately $1.56 million in 2019 for the general betterment of the community. (See the Early Childhood Grants section for more!)

2019 Grant Awardees

Abby's House, $18,000
Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations

Advocates, $5,000
Recovery Aftercare

African Community Education Program (ACE)
Family Outreach & Education Programming, $18,000
Youth Academic & Social-Emotional Programming, $20,000

Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter, $5,000
 Increasing Core Services through Volunteer-Powered Delivery

Angels Net Foundation Inc, $5,000
Educational and Social Programs for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Anna Maria College, $2,500
OpporTUNEity Music Connections

Appalachian Mountain Club, $2,500
Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Worcester Summit Site 2020

ArtsWorcester, $8,000
Member Exhibitions

Ascentria Community Services, Inc., $17,500
Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP)

Auburn Youth & Family Services, $7,500
Youth and Family Support Programs and Services

Audio Journal, Inc., $5,500
Audio Journal

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc., $17,500
Worcester Area Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, $5,000
After School Mentorship Program in Athol

Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club, $5,000
2020 Summer Program Camperships

Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley, $5,000
General Operations

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $25,000
Youth Development Programs

Building Futures, Inc., $10,000
Camp Lakeside

Camp Putnam, Inc., $8,000
Overnight Camp Experiences

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc., $10,000
Public Education & Advocacy (PE&A)

Children's Friend, $8,000
Gender Wellness Initiative (GWI)

City of Worcester Department of Health & Human Services, $5,000
Narcan Distribution Harm Reduction Initiative

Clark University, $7,500
Adam Achiever Program

Clinton Adult Learning Center, $7,500
Core Programs for Adult Learners

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester, $2,500
Strengthening and Diversifying Community Engagement in the CHIP

Community Harvest Project, $12,000
Volunteer Farming Program

Community Legal Aid, Inc., $17,500
Greater Worcester Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Community Servings, $9,000
Nutrition Program for Residents Affected by Critical & Chronic Illnesses

Creative Hub Worcester, $2,500
After School Program

Crocodile River Music/African Arts in Education, $5,000
Community Enrichment through African Music & Arts

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, $2,500 
Vocational Programs for Youth with Developmental, Behavioral, Emotional and Learning Challenges

Discovery Museum, $4,000
Discovery Science: Worcester

Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc., $15,000
Prisoner Reentry Program

Dress for Success Worcester Inc, $5,000
More Than A Suit

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., $7,500
Nutrition Program

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
Dental Care for Un/Underinsured Low-Income Individuals, $20,000
Health Care for Homeless Families Program, $10,000
Positive Directions Summer Jump Start, $7,500

Fathering Fathers Inc., $2,500
REAL MENtors

Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc., $5,000
Furniture Distribution Center

Friendly House, Inc.
Frances Perkins Transitional Housing Program, $20,000
Youth Program, $5,000

Friends of St Luke's, Inc, $7,500
St. Luke's Guesthouse

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library, $5,000
English Conversation Circle

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library, $2,500
Memory Cafe

Genesis Club House, Inc., $20,000
Supported Education with Young Adult Focus

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, $5,000
It's A Girl's World

Girls Incorporated of Worcester, $5,000
Eureka! Program

Girls Incorporated of Worcester, $17,500
General Operations

Greater Worcester Land Trust, $7,000
Community Based Environmental Conservation

Growing Places Garden Project, $8,500
Equitable Healthy Food Access in North Central MA

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, $7,500
General Program Support

Hope Coalition, $10,000
Peer Leadership Program

Horizons for Homeless Children, $2,500
Worcester Playspace Program

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester, $10,000
Program Support

Jeremiah's Inn, $8,000
Nutrition Center

Joy of Music Program, Inc., $10,000
Financial Aid Program

Latino Education Institute, $15,000
ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence) Program

Let's Get Ready, $5,000
Worcester College Access Programs

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester, $20,000
English Language Literacy for Economic Security: Job Seekers and other Adult Immigrants and Refugees

Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts, $8,500
ESOL Tutoring Programs

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), Inc., $10,000
Drop-In Center

Main South Community Development Corporation, $10,000
Grand Street Commons: Affordable Housing Development

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc., $5,000
Finding Adoptive Homes for Children and Teens in Foster Care in Worcester County

Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc., $15,000
Nature Education and Recreation Programs for Worcester Youth

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.
Collegiate Success Institute (CSI), $10,000
On Our Way, $12,500

Matthew 25, Inc., $5,000
Pleasant Street Affordable Housing Project

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc., $8,000
Homework Help Center

Music Worcester, Inc., $8,000
Perspectives: Exploring & Expanding Programmatic Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Nativity School of Worcester, $7,500
Graduate Support Program

NEADS Inc., $7,500
Service / Assistance Dog Training

Net of Compassion, $7,500
Main Street Saturday Program

New Hope, Inc., $10,000
MJ Ledenham Center Visitation Services

NewVue Communities, $10,000
Community Stewards Program

North Brookfield Youth Center, $10,000
After-School and Summer Programs

North Star Family Services, Inc., $10,000
Family Pathways Project

Notre Dame Health Care, $5,000
Educational Bridge Center

Open Sky Community Services
Safe Homes, $18,000
South County Homeless Assistance Program (SCHAP), $12,500

Our Father's House, Inc., $15,000
Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless Children

Pathways for Change, $12,000
Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Services

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, $5,000
Sex Education and Outreach to Worcester's Latinx Community and Others

Preservation Worcester, $9,500
Operating Support

Project New Hope, $2,500
Rebuilding with Honor – Easing the Transition to Civilian Life for Veterans and Their Families

Quinsigamond Community College Foundation, $10,000
Women in Technology STEM Program

Rachel's Table, $12,000
Support for Food Programs

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), $10,000
Comprehensive Case Management

Regional Environmental Council, Inc., $18,000
General Operations

Render Creative Inc/Main IDEA, $7,500
Operating Support

Rise Above Foundation, $5,000
Activities for Foster Youth

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), $10,000
Greater Worcester Housing Connection: Triage Center Winter Emergency Resources

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, $25,000
Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaking Communities

Spanish American Center, Inc., $6,000
Nos Ayudamos Mutuamente (Helping Ourselves)

Straight Ahead Ministries Inc, $12,500
Worcester Youth Re-Entry Program

Tasks for Transit, Inc., $2,500
WRTA Single-Day Bus Pass Program

Tenacity, Inc., $6,000
Summer Tennis & Reading Program

The Shine Initiative, $7,500
Mindmatters Teams

Tri-Valley, Inc., $10,000
Nutrition Program

United Way of Central Massachusetts, $18,000
YouthConnect Worcester 2020

United Way of Tri-County, $2,500
Wheat Community Connections

Visitation House, $2,500
Bridging Back to Economic Resiliency

VSA Massachusetts, $5,000
Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum

WCUW Inc., $10,000
The Voices of Worcester Sharing Passion, Heritage and Love of Community

Whitin Community Center, $8,000
Youth Outreach Program

Worcester Academy, $2,500
Summer Scholars

Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team, $5,000
Moratorium Now

Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS), $2,500
Summer CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Bring Success)

Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre), $5,000
Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership

Worcester Chamber Music Society, $8,000
Neighborhood Strings

Worcester Common Ground, Inc., $10,000
Community Building and Affordable Housing

Worcester Community Action Council Inc., $10,000
Worcester Youth Leadership Institute

Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc., $10,000
Community Housing & Economic Stability

Worcester Community Skateshop, $2,500
Youth Skate Program Spring/Summer 2020

Worcester Cultural Coalition, $10,000
Implementing the Evolution of Worcester: the Creative City

Worcester Earn a Bike Inc., $2,500
Youth Program Support

Worcester Education Collaborative, $12,500
Operating Support

Worcester Interfaith, $10,000
A Worcester That Works for Everyone

Worcester Public Schools, $10,000
Building Youth Leadership Through Philanthropy

Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc., $8,500
Operating Support

Worcester Youth Center, $15,000
Support for Core Programs

Worcester Youth Orchestras, $5,000
Financial Aid & Scholarship Program

YMCA of Central Massachusetts
Minority Achievers Program, $8,000
Summer Play, $11,000

Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc., $10,000
Dynamy Youth Academy

YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Domestic Violence Services, $20,000
Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity and Independence through Careers and Education), $10,000
Racial Equity Program, $5,000

Creative Engagement Grant Program

 

In its pilot year, the Creative Engagement Grant Program is intended to is intended to direct both financial and knowledge resources to select Worcester non-profit cultural organizations.   

2019 Grant Awardees

Ecotarium, $70,000
 
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, $50,000
 
WCUW, Inc., $5,000
 
Worcester County Light Opera Club, $40,000
 
Worcester County Poetry Association, $40,000
 
Worcester Historical Museum, $60,000

 

2018 Grant Awardees

ArtsWorcester, $70,000

Crocodile River Music, $60,000

Main Idea/Render Creative, $30,000

Music Worcester, $70,000

Worcester Chamber Music Society, $70,000

Creative Spark Mini-Grant Program

Creative Spark Mini-Grants support organizations and individuals engaged in the creative sector with an innovative ideas that advances the City of Worcester's Cultural Plan. In 2019, applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

 

2019 Grant Awardees

Creative Hub Worcester, $4,000
Gallery at the Aurora

Music Worcester, $2,500
Passage from the Stage to the Street

Seven Bridge Writer's Collaborative, $1,860
Program to Support Worcester Writers

Squares Squared, Inc, $5,000
POW! WOW! Worcester School Week

WCUW, $5,000
First Annual Hawthorne Street Festival

Worcester Chamber Music Society, $2,500
Expanded Cultural Concert Programming

In its pilot year, the Creative Spark Grant Program is intended to support organizations and individual artists who use arts and creativity to activate underserved populations and amplify under heard voices in Worcester.  

2018 Grant Awardees

Ansaar of Worcester, $3,180
Social and Cultural Integration Outings for Non-English Speakers

Crocodile River Music/African Arts in Education, $7,500
African Music Series

Future Focus Media Cooperative, $7,500
Telling Our Stories

Girls Inc., of Worcester, $7,500
Indoor Mural Project

Mass Leap, Inc., $5,000
Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program

Eli Mateo, $6,925
KidsSTOMP

Music Worcester, $7,500
We Speak the Same Language

Saori Worcester, $7,500
Weaving Bridges 2020

Steven Schwartz, $7,500
Learning Life Skills Thru Magic

Seven Hills Foundation, $7,500
Creative Movement Dance Program

Worcester Earn a Bike, $1,500
Mural for Main South

Early Childhood Grants

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.

2019 Grant Awardees

Apple Tree Arts, $7,000
Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program

Bancroft School, $15,000
Worcester Partnership (WP)

Center for Health Impact, $18,000
 Enhancing the Future of Children through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation (EFC)

Community Healthlink, $12,500
Together For Kids

EcoTarium, $7,500
2020 Countdown to Kindergarten Program

Edward Street Child Services, $25,000 
Early Childhood Matters

Edward Street Child Services, $58,000
Master Teacher Consultation Program

Family Health Center of Worcester, $15,000
Baby Café

Family Health Center of Worcester, $12,000
Centering Pregnancy

Hope Coalition, $15,000
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)

House of Peace & Education, $5,000
HOPE for Kids

Kennedy-Donovan Center, $10,000
Fostering Early Connections - Building Parent Confidence and Competency

Latino Education Institute, $25,000
Early Connections Program

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester, $5,000
English Language Literacy for Immigrants and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren

Pernet Family Health Service, Inc., $15,000
Mental Health Collaborative

Rainbow Child Development Center, $23,000
Early Education Programs

Reach Out and Read, $10,000
Worcester Rx for Success

The CASA Project, $25,000
Early Childhood Support Services

Together for Kids Coalition, $22,000
Early Childhood Strategic Plan Implementation

United Way of Central MA, $60,000
Summer Literacy Initiative - Funders Collaborative

Worcester Jewish Community Center, $10,000
Access to Quality Programming for All

Worcester Public Library Foundation, $5,000
2020 Summer Reading Program

Worcester Public Library Foundation, $5,000
2019 Summer Reading Program

2018 Grant Awardees

Apple Tree Arts, $15,000
Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program
Bancroft School, $20,000
Worcester Partnership
Center for Health Impact, $18,000
Supporting Early Childhood Development Through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation

Community Healthlink (fs UMass Memorial Healthcare), $12,500
Together For Kids
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society),
$15,000, Countdown to Kindergarten 2018/2019
$10,000, EBT Access Program
Edward Street Child Services
$20,000, Early Childhood Matters
$55,000, Master Teacher Consultation Program 

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
$15,000, Baby Café
$10,000, Centering Pregnancy 
Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial), $20,000
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)
Kennedy-Donovan Center, $12,000
Fostering Early Connections - Building Parenting Confidence and Competence 
Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation), $25,000
Early Connections Program
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester, $5,000
English Language Literacy for Immigrants and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc., $22,500
Early Childhood Development Program 
Rainbow Child Development Center, $18,000
Early Education Program 
Reach Out and Read, $10,000
Worcester Rx for Success! 
The CASA Project, $25,000
Early Childhood Support Services 
Tri-Community YMCA, $10,000
Strengthening Families 
United Way of Central Massachusetts, $60,000
Summer Learning Collaborative 
Worcester Jewish Community Center, $10,000
Scholarships for Afterschool and Summer Childcare Programs 
Worcester Public Library, $5,000
2018 Summer Reading Program

2017 Grant Awardees

The CASA Project $25,000
Operating Support
EcoTarium $7,500
2017 Countdown to Kindergarten (C2K)
Edward Street Child Services Inc 
Early Childhood Matters $20,000
Master Teacher Consultation Program $55,000
Family Health Center of Worcester 
Baby Cafe $15,000
Centering Pregnancy $10,000
Guild of St. Agnes $15,000
Teacher Education
HOPE Coalition $20,000
Implementation of Worcester ACTs
Horizons for Homeless Children $8,000
Central Region Playspace Program
House of Peace and Education $10,000
HOPE for Kids, Pals Program
Jewish Family & Children's Service, Inc. $10,000
School Consultation Program-Worcester
Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University $25,000
LEI Family Engagement Initiative
Pernet Family Health Service $10,000
Program Expansion for Early Intervention
Rainbow Child Development Center $18,000
Early Education Program
Tri-Community YMCA $10,000
Strengthening Families
United Way of Central Massachusetts $60,000
Summer Learning Collaborative
Worcester Comprehensive Education & Care, Inc. $7,500
Teen Parent Support Program
Worcester Public Library Foundation $5,000
2017 Summer Reading Program 

Fairlawn Foundation

Fairlawn Foundation grants promote excellence and innovation in healthcare delivery, education and research in the Worcester area.

 

2019 Grant Awardees

Anna Maria College, $37,500
Fairlawn Psychology Pipeline Expansion
 
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $20,000
Behavioral Specialist and Peer Mentoring
 
HOPE Coalition, $75,000
Worcester ACTs Evaluation
 
Open Sky Community Services, $75,000
Mental Health Career Pipeline Project
 
The CASA Project, $80,000
Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care
 
UMass Memorial Foundation, $45,000
UMMS Shriver Center/ Sibling Support Program
 

2018 Grant Awardees

Arms With Ethics, $25,000
Worcester Veteran Engagement Program 

The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, $35,000
Creation of a Collaborative Pipeline to Increase Mental Health Staff 

The CASA Project, $90,000
Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children: A CASA/FSCM/DCF Collaboration 

Children's Friend, Inc., $49,500 
The Gender Wellness Initiative - LGBTQI Community and School-Based Outreach and Support Services 

HOPE Coalition, $85,000
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma) 

Y.O.U., Inc., $75,000
Increased Access to Child Psychiatry

Fallon OrNda Community Health Fund

This fund improves the health status of vulnerable populations living in Central Massachusetts.

2020 Grant Awardees

Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc,  $5,000
Clinical Services
 
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center,  $20,000
Patient Outreach Supports
 
Family Health Center of Worcester,  $20,000
Healthcare for Homeless Families
 
Pathways for Change,  $7,000
Medical Accompaniment
 
Pernet Family Health Service,  $20,000
Newborn Home Visiting
 
 

2019 Grant Awardees

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester,  $10,000
YouthReach: Targeted Outreach to Vulnerable Youth

Catholic Charities Worcester County,  $10,000
Diaper Pantry Program

Children's Friend, An Affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation,  $10,000
Gender Wellness Initiative

Dismas House of Massachusetts,  $5,000
Clinical Services

Family Health Center of Worcester,  $20,000
Healthcare for Homeless Families

Girls Inc., of Worcester,  $5,239
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

HOPE Coalition,  $15,000
Mental Health Model

Living in Freedom Together (LIFT),  $10,000
LIFT Drop-In Center

Net of Compassion,  $10,000
Outreach, Shelter and Support for Worcester's Homeless

Pathways for Change,  $7,000
Medical Accompaniment

Pernet Family Health Service,  $20,000
Home Visiting

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts,  $12,500
Sexual Health Education Programs

St. Anne's Free Medical Program,  $10,000
Radiology Pilot Program

The CASA Project,  $15,000
Mental Health Services

Worcester Youth Center Inc,  $20,000
Health and Wellness

YWCA of Central Massachusetts,  $7,581
SPLASH Learn-to-Swim Program

Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK)

This fund was created by the Class of 1966 to promote innovative school-based educational projects in Killingly, CT.

 

2019 Grant Awardees

Goodyear Early Childhood Center
Hydroponic Garden $285
 
Killingly Central School
Art Room Expansion $300
 
Killingly High School
Listening to Learn Program $300
The Cold War in Eastern Connecticut $250
Technology Student Association (TSA) $500
 
Killingly Intermediate School
Exploring the World Thru Virtual Reality - Part 2 $570
After-School Theater Program $600
 
Killingly Memorial School
Where in the World is K.M.S? $222
Reflex Math for Fourth Graders $280
Promethean Activotes Polling Software $300
New Haven Symphony Orchestra Field Trip for Grade 3 $336
The World Almanac Kids Online Resource Tool $380  

2018 Grant Awardees

Killingly Central School
Music Program Enhancements $225
Expansion of Art Centers $650
Online Teacher Resource Subscription for Elementary School Staff $405

Killingly High School
Introducing the 2018 Connecticut Nutmeg Award Winners $350
The Cold War in Eastern Connecticut $250
Technology Student Association (TSA) $600

Killingly Intermediate School
Unlock Learning $300
Exploring the World Thru Virtual Reality $450

Jeppson Memorial Fund for Brookfield

Established in 1977, the Jeppson Memorial Fund supports civic and community projects that make life better for the citizens of Brookfield.

2019 Grant Awardees 

A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. $1,500
Apple Country Radio

Audio Journal, Inc. $1,000
Radio Reading

Merrick Public Library $1,120
Historical Programming

Second Chance Animal Shelter $1,200
Homebound to the Rescue

Town of Brookfield $5,000
Lewis Field

 

2018 Grant Awardees

A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. $1,500
The Brookfield Citizen

A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. $1,500
Tree Planting Project

Audio Journal, Inc. $1,000
Radio Reading

Council on Aging, Brookfield $200
Gravestone Stone Girls history program

Second Chance Animal Shelter $1,000
Homebound to the Rescue

Tantasqua Education Foundation $2,000
Public School  Program Support


 

Leicester Savings Bank Fund

The Leicester Savings Bank Fund supports projects and programs benefiting residents of Leicester.

2019 Grant Awardees

Audio Journal Inc, $1,000
The Leicester Connection
 
Harvest Fair Committee, $3,500
Leicester Harvest Fair
 
Hearts for Heat, Leicester Chapter, $5,000
Fuel Assistance
 
Leicester Council on Aging, $7,000
Outreach Coordinator
 
Leicester Historical Society, $5,000
Swan Tavern Preservation
 
Leicester Middle School Council, $1,000
LMS CommuniTeen
 
Leicester Police Department
D.A.R.E., $5,000
Equipment Purchase, $4,310
 
Leicester Summer Concert Series Committee, $3,000
Operational Support
 
Massachusetts Audubon Society, $2,000
Supporting Science Learning
 
Second Chance Animal Shelter, $1,000
Homebound to the Rescue
 
Senior Citizen Club of Leicester, $2,000
Entertainment Series
 
Town of Leicester - Burncoat Park Sports Planning Committee, $4,000
Operational Support

2018 Grant Awardees

Audio Journal Inc, $1,000
The Leicester Connection

Harvest Fair Committee, $3,500
Leicester Harvest Fair

Leicester Christmas Display, Inc., $5,000
Operational Support

Leicester Council on Aging, $7,000
Outreach Coordinator

Leicester Little League, Inc., $5,000
Equipment Purchase

Leicester Middle School Council, $1,000
LMS CommuniTeen

Leicester Summer Concert Series Committee, $2,000
Operational Support

Make-a-Change, Inc., $1,000
Program Support

Massachusetts Audubon Society, $3,000
Supporting Science Learning

Second Chance Animal Shelter, $2,000
Homebound to the Rescue

Senior Citizen Club of Leicester, $2,000
Entertainment Series

St. Joseph and St. Pius X Parishes, $3,220
Operational Support

Talk, Tears and Tea, $1,000
Operational Support

Town of Leicester - Burncoat Park Sports Planning Committee, $5,000
Operational Support

Mary B. Grogan Fund for Youth in Millbury

The Mary B. Grogan Fund for Youth is a permanent charitable resource to benefit young residents of Millbury, Massachusetts.

2019 Grant Awardees

Assumption School, $1,000
School Gardening Program
 
Millbury Memorial Jr./Sr. High School, $1,000
Earth Links Project
 
Millbury Public Library, $930
Support for Public Programming

2018 Grant Awardees

Millbury Memorial Jr./Sr. High School, $1,000
Earth Links Project

Millbury Public Library, $800
Support for Public Programming

Mini-Grant Program

Greater Worcester Community Foundation sets aside $50,000 to award Mini Grants in amounts up to $3,000 for low cost projects or initiatives that help organizations improve their ability to do their work.

2019 Grant Awardees

Edward Street Child Services Inc, $5,000
Together for Kids Coalition - Strategic Planning Process

Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, $5,000
Development of a Strategic Planning Framework

Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts, $4,000
Strategic Planning

Mandaean Community of Massachusetts, $3,500
Community Courses

Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, $1,500
Public Screening of "No Small Matter"

Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc., $5,000
Feasibility Study

Nipmuc Indian Development Corporation, $3,000
Design Services for Reservation Commercial Kitchen

Pernet Family Health Service, $1,600
Mental Health First Aid Training for Staff

Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, $5,000
Education & Workforce Training Series

Regional Environmental Council, $5,000
Strategic Planning

Technocopia, $3,000
Youth Programming

Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Worcester County Horticultural Society), $4,100
Visitor Interaction Training

United Way of Central Massachusetts, $1,500
Incentivizing Flu Vaccinations for WPS Students

WICN Public Radio, $3,000
Grant Writing Professional

Worcester Community Action Council, $5,000
Worcester Economic Mobility Mentoring Pilot

Worcester Community Skateshop, $5,000
Pilot Project Summer Program for Youth

Worcester Roots, $3,500
Professional Development to Support Executive Transition

Worcester Youth Center Inc, $5,000
Academic Support Technology Upgrade

2018 Grant Awardees

All Out Adventures, Inc. $1,000
Adaptive Cycling in the Blackstone Valley 

Community Harvest Project, Inc. $1,000
Preventative Deer Fencing 

Dismas House of Central Massachusetts $1,000
Grey Water Pilot Project 

Spanish American Center $3,800
Board Development Initiative 

Tasks for Transit, Inc. $3,000
Job Fare Program 

Worcester Center for Crafts $3,400
New Marketing Collaborative for Summer Youth Programs 

Worcester Chamber Music Society $2,000
Video Marketing Project 

Worcester Youth Center Inc. $3,500
Work Readiness Expansion

Worcester Schubertiad $675 
Fundraising Consultant   

Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger

The Fund to End Hunger awards grants to the Hunger-Free Network of the Worcester County Food Bank and other nonprofit organizations. The Fund seeks creative solutions that share the vision of creating hunger-free communities of tomorrow and work towards that goal.

2019 Grant Awardees

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $3,000
Kids Cafe Program
 
Catholic Charities Worcester County, $3,000
Emergency Services
 
Community Legal Aid, $3,000
Hunger Relief Project
 
Dismas House of Central Massachusetts, $3,000
Equipment Purchase
 
El Buen Samaritano, $2,900
Food Program
 
Family Health Center of Worcester, $3,000
Nutrition Program
 
Friendly House, $3,000
Food Program
 
Growing Places Garden Project, Inc., $3,000
Program Support
 
Highland Baptist Church Pantry, $3,000
Food Program
 
Net of Compassion, $3,000
Main Street Saturday program
 
Opening Heaven's Door Ministries, $3,000
Equipment Purchase
 
Our Father's House, Inc., $3,575
Equipment Purchase
 
Pernet Family Health Service, $3,000
Emergency Assistance Program
 
Rachel's Table, $1,500
Operating Support
 
Rainbow Child Development Center, $3,000
Program Support

Regional Environmental Council, $3,000
Worcester School Gardens Network
 
Spanish American Center, $3,000
Nutrition Education
 
Tasks for Transit, Inc., $1,000
WRTA Single-Day Pass Program
 
United Way of Tri-County, $3,360
Wheat Community Connections
 
Winchendon Community Action Committee, Inc. $3,000
Community Gardens
 
Worcester Community Action Council, $3,000
Culinary Job Training
 
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, $1,575
Equipment Purchase

 

2018 Grant Awardees

AIDS Project Worcester, $3,000
Nutrition Program

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $3,000
Kids Cafe Program

Building Futures, Inc., $1,500
A Better Life Program

Catholic Charities Worcester County, $1,000
Emergency Stabilization and Homelessness Prevention Program

Centro, Inc., $2,000
Food Pantry

Community Harvest Project, Inc., $3,000
CRAVE Program

Dismas House of Central Massachusetts, $3,000
Recovery Grows Worcester

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, $3,000
Nutrition Program

Friendly House, $3,000
Food Pantry

Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc., $1,500
Tasting Tuesday

Gardner Public Schools, $2,500
Food Services Program- Equipment Purchase|

Growing Places Garden Project, Inc., $3,000
North Central Healthy Food System Coordinator

Jeremiah's Inn, $2,500
Garden-to-Table Initiative

Milford Youth Center, $3,000
Milford Youth Center Food Services Program

Montachusett Opportunity Council, $1,900
CARE AIDS Services Program

Muslim Community Link, $2,400
Equipment Purchase

Pernet Family Health Service, $2,000
Food Pantry

Rachel's Table, $1,500
Program Support

Rainbow Child Development Center, $2,820
Seeds to Health Program

Regional Environmental Council, $3,000
UGROW Pilot Program

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, $1,500
Cultural Food Programming

Spanish American Center, $1,500
Feeding Programs

Tasks for Transit, Inc., $1,000
One Day Bus Pass Program

Tri-Parish Community Church Food Pantry, $2,500
Hardwick Food Pantry -Summer Farmers' Market

United Way of Tri-County, $3,600
Wheat Community Connections

Veterans, Inc., $4,000
Food Services Program

Worcester Community Action Council, $1,120
Head Start Garden

Webster Public Schools, $6,850
Equipment purchase

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI)

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.

2019 Grant Awardees

African Community Education Program, $2,000
Express Yourself for Boys

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $1,000
Leadership Club

HOPE Coalition, $1,500
Youth-Parent Dialogues

Main IDEA, $1,000
Teen Arts Leadership

Massachusetts Audubon Society, $2,000
Youth Climate Summit at Broad Meadow Brook

Nativity School of Worcester, $250
Food Pantry

Pernet Family Health Service, $3,000
Youth-Led Summer Outings

Regional Environmental Council
UGROW School Gardens, $2,000
YouthGROW, $850

Rise Above Foundation, $2,000
Young Adult Advisory Council

The Shine Initiative, $2,500
Worcester Youth Wellness Summit

Tasks for Transit, Inc., $250
Bus Passes

Worcester State Foundation, $1,500
Housing and Gentrification in Worcester: A Participatory Needs Assessment

Worcester Youth Center, Inc, $3,000
Sexual Health Education

Working for Worcester, $2,500
Improving Recreational and Wellness Opportunity

2018 Grant Awardees

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester $2,000
Leadership Clubs

Hope Coalition $4,000
HOPE Coalition Workshop Series 

Main South Community Development Corporation $4,000
Student Concert Event

Muslim Community Link Inc. $2,000
Youth Jobs Training Programs

Nativity School of Worcester $500
Arts Program

Pernet Family Health Services Inc. $3,500
Teen Gardening Program

Quinsigamond Community College $2,100
Gateway to College Program

Shrewsbury High School $1,000
Student Chemistry Club

Worcester Interfaith $1,500
Youth Advocacy Project

YMCA of Central Massachusetts $4,000
Youth & Government Program

YWCA of Central Massachusetts $700
Teen Health Education workshop

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