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


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


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 $6.3M 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; tenant assistance
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; rental assistance
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 communal 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; rental assistance
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; rental assistance
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

Action for Racial Equity Grants

Action for Racial Equity Grants support nonprofits and others in our community who commit to anti-racism work. This grant program is designed to help organizations take next steps in the journey to becoming more equitable in practice, policy, leadership, and impact. 

It is one small concrete action, among many different actions the Foundation will consider as we work to build a race equity strategy. Our hope is that this work empowers change in our community and starts much-need critical conversations. These small grants, up to $2,000, are a starting point for dialogue, learning, collaborative action, and healing. 

Learn more about the program here.

Total Granted: $48,347

Organization Project
Abolitionist Teaching Book Club National Educator Anti-Racism Conference
African Community Education Program Staff Training & Anti-Racism Education for Youth
ArtReach Bridges & Walls
ArtsWorcester Online Speaker Series on Intersection of Blackness, Black Artists & Contemporary Art
Bancroft School Student Diversity Conference
Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church Tuition for Anti-Racism Courses
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest  Cultural Competency and Diversity Training and Material Translation
Boy Scouts of America, Heart of New England Council Anti-Racism Training for Staff and Volunteers  and the Creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Merit Badge
EcoTarium Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
Edward M Kennedy Community Health Center Staff-Led DEI Committee
Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA Anti-Racism Training for Troop Leaders
Guardians of Traditions Community Education Event
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
LIFT Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
LUK, Inc. Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition (MAWOCC)  Community Training & Civic Engagement Work
Nativity School of Worcester Implicit Bias Training & Curriculum Review
Open Sky Community Services Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
Ourstory Edutainment (FS YWCA) Black Community Gatherings
Queer the Scene Event Support
Regional Environmental Council Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
Render Creative/Main Idea Anti-Racism Consultant to Create Equitable Youth Environments
Shades Inclusive Capacity Building Training and Free Workshops for QTPOC Community
Temple Emanuel Sinai Anti-Racism Education and Action Plan Development
WCUW Voice of the Voiceless
Westborough Connects Anti-Racism Consultant for Internal Learning
Westborough Public Library Outdoor Screening of Just Mercy and Increase Anti-Racism Literature at Library
Worcester Roots Cooperative Economics Academy
Worcester Voter Registration Initiative (WVRI) Voter Outreach and Registration

Community Grants

2020 grant awardees

This is the Foundation's largest and most flexible grant program, providing nearly $2 million in 2020 for the general betterment of the community.

Abby’s House: $25,000
Shelter, housing, and advocacy

Advocates: $10,000
Sustaining Sobriety in Greater Worcester: Opioid Recovery Aftercare program

African Community Education: $25,000
Family and youth outreach/education programming

Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter: $10,000
Maintaining care and support throughout COVID-19

Angels Net Foundation Inc.: $10,000
Educational and social programs for immigrant and refugee youth and their families

Ansaar of Worcester: $20,000
Capacity building and cultural programming development

Apple Tree Arts: $17,000
Head Start and YMCA Preschool Music Outreach program

Art in the Park Worcester: $15,000
Art in the Park, Worcester

ArtsWorcester: $15,000
Member exhibitions

Ascentria Community Services, Inc.: $20,000
Immigrant Legal Assistance Program

Auburn Youth & Family Services: $10,000
Youth and family support programs and services

Audio Journal, Inc.: $7,500
Radio reading for the blind and general operating costs

Bancroft School: $15,000
Worcester Partnership

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.: $20,000
Worcester Area Mentoring Program

Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club: $5,000
2021 Summer program camperships

Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley: $15,000
General operations

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $25,000
Operating support

Building Futures, Inc.: $15,000
Camp Lakeside

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.: $10,000
Public education and advocacy

Children's Friend: $15,000
Gender Wellness Initiative

Clinton Adult Learning Center: $7,500
Core programs for adult learners

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: $20,000
Coalition's work in community engagement

Community Harvest Project: $12,000
Volunteer Farming Program

Community Healthlink: $15,000
Together for Kids program

Community Legal Aid, Inc.: $20,000
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Community Servings: $15,000
Nutrition program for Worcester county residents affected by critical and chronic illnesses

Creative Hub Worcester: $5,000
After-school programming

Crocodile River Music/African Arts in Education: $25,000
Voices of Worcester: African Arts Cross Digital Divides program

Cultural Exchange Through Soccer: $20,000
Operational support

Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.: $20,000
Prisoner reentry programming

Dress for Success Worcester Inc.: $10,000
More Than A Suit program

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center: $25,000
Creating a Healthy Environment program

Edward Street Child Services
Early Childhood Matters program: $20,000
Master Teacher Consultation program: $55,000

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.: $15,000
Senior nutrition program

Entrepreneurship for All: $10,000
Entrepreneurship training for greater Worcester

Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
Baby Café: $15,000
Centering Pregnancy program: $10,000
Health and dental care for homeless families: $30,000
Positive Directions-Summer Jump Start program: $7,500

Friendly House, Inc.: $20,000
Frances Perkins Transitional Housing program

Friends of St Luke's, Inc.: $15,000
St. Luke's Guesthouse

Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library: $5,000
English Conversation Circle and Memory Café

Genesis Club House, Inc.: $20,000
Client services

Girls Incorporated of Worcester: $25,000
Operating support and support for eureka program

Greater Worcester Land Trust: $10,000
Volunteer-based, community-led conservation

Growing Places Garden Project: $12,000
Building an equitable and healthy North Central MA Food System

GSA Link, Inc.: $5,000
Linked Mentoring program

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester: $10,000
General program support

Hope Coalition: $15,000
Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma program

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester: $25,000
Program support

Jeremiah's Inn: $12,000
Nutrition center

Joy of Music Program, Inc.: $10,000
Support for financial aid program

Kennedy-Donovan Center: $10,000
Southbridge Early Intervention – Supporting Families in Need

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.: $15,000
Teaching, Reaching, and Experiencing with Kids (TREK) program

Latino Education Institute: $40,000
ENLACE and Early Connections programs

Legendary Legacies, Inc.: $14,000
#BeLegendary program

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester: $25,000
English Language Literacy for economic security

Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts: $10,000
English Language Learning tutoring Program

Main South CDC: $20,000
General operating support

Marie's Mission: $8,000
Diaper Bank program

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.: $5,000
Finding adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care

Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.: $10,000
Engaging and broadening community at Broad Meadow Brook

Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO): $15,000
On Our Way program

Music Worcester, Inc.: $10,000
Programmatic diversity and inclusion initiatives

Nativity School of Worcester: $10,000
Graduate Support program

New Hope, Inc.: $20,000
MJ Ledenham Center Visitation services and RESPECT

NewVue Communities: $20,000
General operating support

North Brookfield Youth Center: $10,000
After-school and summer programs

North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc.: $12,000
Protection and advocacy for vulnerable persons with disabilities

North Star Family Services, Inc.: $15,000
Emergency family shelter

Notre Dame Health Care: $10,000
Adult basic education courses at Educational Bridge Center

Opacum Land Trust: $18,500
Tree planting for community health

Open Sky Community Services: $35,000
South County Homeless Assistance Program and Safe Homes

Our Father's House, Inc.: $15,000
Ensuring health and wellness in homeless children

Pathways for Change: $12,000
Sexual assault prevention and survivor services

Pernet Family Health Service: $20,000
Parent engagement programs

Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center: $10,000
Engaging our Community program

Preservation Worcester: $10,000
Operating support

Rachel's Table: $15,000
Food programs

Rainbow Child Development Center: $18,000
Early education programs

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

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC): $15,000
Comprehensive case management

Regional Environmental Council, Inc.: $20,000
General operating support

Render Creative Inc/Main IDEA: $8,500

Rise Above Foundation: $10,000
Activities for youth in foster care

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC): $10,000
237 Chandler St. emergency shelter operating funds

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $25,000
Services for Asian- and Arabic-speaking communities

Spanish American Center, Inc.: $10,000
Nos Ayudamos Mutuamente program

Stone Soup Worcester: $15,000
Taking OurStory Edutainment to the next level

Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.: $25,000
Worcester Youth Re-Entry program

The CASA Project: $25,000
Early childhood support services

The Shine Initiative: $15,000
Mindmatters Teams

Together for Kids Coalition: $25,000
Together for Kids Coalition

Tower Hill Botanic Garden: $10,000
Environmental education programs for Worcester refugee youth

Tri-Valley, Inc.: $15,000
Senior nutrition program

United Way of Central Massachusetts: $60,000
Summer Literacy Initiative 2021

United Way of Central Massachusetts: $18,000

United Way of Tri-County: $10,000
WHEAT Community Connections: Meal Delivery program

WCUW, Inc.: $10,000
Community Radio for A New Normal

Whitin Community Center: $20,000
Youth programming operating support

WICN Public Radio, Inc.: $10,000
The Voice of Arts and Culture in Central Massachusetts

Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team: $12,500
Homeowner organizing support

Worcester Chamber Music Society: $10,000
Neighborhood Strings program

Worcester Common Ground, Inc.: $20,000
General operating support

Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.: $20,000
General operating support

Worcester Cultural Coalition: $15,000
Coalition's work in community engagement

Worcester Earn a Bike, Inc.: $3,000
Transportation Equity program

Worcester Education Collaborative: $12,500
WEC's work in community engagement

Worcester Historical Museum: $10,000
Major Taylor Museum

Worcester Interfaith
Parent Education Equity Initiative: $25,000
Undocumented Families Outreach and Engagement Project: $25,000

Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP): $20,000
Virtual education program

Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.: $15,000
General operating support

Worcester Roots Project: $10,000
Cooperative Economics Academy for Racial Equity program

Worcester Youth Center: $15,000
Support for core programs

Worcester Youth Orchestras: $8,000
Financial aid and scholarship program

YMCA of Central Massachusetts: $10,000
Minority Achievers program

YMCA of Central Massachusetts: $10,000
Summer PLAY program

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

YWCA of Central Massachusetts: $30,000
Domestic violence services and Girls CHOICE program

YWCA of Central Massachusetts: $10,000
Racial equity program

Creative Intersections Grant Program

2021 Fall Grantees

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $7,360
Department of Health & Human Services (City of Worcester), $6,000
Living in Freedom Together (LIFT), $10,000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, $9,100
Push Worcester, $10,000
Worcester Chamber Music, $10,000
Worcester HipHop Congress, $5,000
WriteBoston, $10,000

2021 Summer Grantees

College of the Holy Cross, $9,762
Creative Hub Worcester, $10,000
Indian Lake Community Association, $10,000
Music Worcester, $5,000
Worcester Art Museum (Fiscal Sponsor), $10,000
Worcester Center for Crafts, $10,000

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

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

Fairlawn Foundation

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


2020 Grant Awardees

Anna Maria College, $37,500
Fairlawn Psychology Pipeline Expansion Continuation
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, $30,000
Behavioral Specialist and Counseling Programs
Open Sky Community Services, $100,800
Mental Health Career Pipeline Project
University of Massachusetts Medical School, $70,000
Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative


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

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.


2020 Grant Awardees

Goodyear Early Childhood Center

Outdoor Music Station $600

Killingly Central School
Glaze Kitchen $500
Summer Math and Reading Preparation $600
Killingly High School
Coding to Go $500
Stephen Sondheim Awards $400
Witness Stones $600
Technology Student Association $600
Hartford Art School Field Trip and Workshop $375
Killingly Intermediate School
Interpretive Nature Trails $600
Killingly Memorial School
Lindamood-BEll LIPs $250
Where the Wild Things Are $250
Flexible Seating Options $200

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.

2020 Grant Awardees 

Town of Brookfield, $5,500
Lewis Field Playground

Audio Journal, Inc. $1,500
Radio Reading for the Blind

Second Chance Animal Shelter $1,500
Homebound to the Rescue


Leicester Savings Bank Fund

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

2020 Grant Awardees

Audio Journal Inc, $6,000
The Leicester Connection
Leicester Christmas Display, $3,243
2020 Display
Leicester Council on Aging, $6,000
Outreach Coordinator
Leicester Food Pantry, $3,000
Operating Support
Leicester Harvest Fair Committee, $3,200
Harvest Fair
Hearts for Heat, Leicester Chapter, $4,000
Operating Support 
Leicester Historical Society, $3,500
Swan Tavern Preservation
Leicester Middle School CommuniTeen Program, $1,500
Student-Led Community Service Projects
Leicester Police Department
AED's, $3,500
D.A.R.E., $3,000
Leicester Summer Concert Series, $3,000
Operational Support
Massachusetts Audubon Society, $1,000
Champion Trees
Second Chance Animal Services, $600
Homebound to the Rescue
Senior Citizen Club of Leicester, $1,000
Entertainment Program
Town of Leicester, $2,000
Towtaid Playground and Pickleball Court

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.

2020 Grant Awardees

Ansaar of Worcester, $1,224
Security and Sound Equipment

Central MA Agency on Aging, $3,500
Relocation to Accommodate New Services

Forbes Public Library, $4,900
Strategic Planning

Legendary Legacies, $4,000
Strategic Planning

Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, $1,050
Youth Jobs Rally

Preservation Worcester, $5,000
Strategic Planning 

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.

2020 Grant Awardees

African Community Education Program, $1,500
ACE Ambassadors

Ansaar of Worcester, $1,500
Youth-Led Community Service Projects

Ascentria Community Services, $1,000
Racism Dialogues for Youth Advisory Council

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc., $2,000
Technology Access for Students

City of Worcester Department of Health & Human Services, $2,000
City Manager’s Youth Council

Girls Incorporated of Worcester, $1,500
Girls Advisory Council 

HOPE Coalition, $2,000
Peer Leadership Program 

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), Inc., $2,000
Youth Outreach & Advocacy Services

My Turn, Inc. (America's Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network), $1,000
Fitchburg Employment Plus Program

Nativity School of Worcester, $1,500
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

Pernet Family Health Services, $1,500
Homework Club

Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, $2,000
Pleasant-Piedmonth Youth Leadership Council

Regional Environmental Council, $2,000

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, $3,000
COVID-19 Relief

Worcester Youth Center, Inc, $2,000
Civic Participation Program

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