Greater Worcester Community Foundation grants $1.56M to local groups

by | Dec 18, 2019

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation announced the awarding of $1.56 million to 132 nonprofits through its 2019 Community Grants program. Community Grants support organizations that build healthy, vibrant communities throughout Worcester County and are made possible by generous individuals and families who have set up discretionary funds with the foundation. This type of fund enables the Foundation to grant resources where community needs are greatest.

“Community Grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to improving the region and providing opportunities for people to benefit from Worcester’s momentum,” said Barbara Fields, GWCF President and CEO. “As this is my first year, I am excited to see the scope of the Community Grants. It is essential that our community’s nonprofits receive the resources they need to continue their work. We’re privileged to be an investor in so many life-changing organizations,”she added.

The Community Grant program is one of the region’s broadest funding opportunities, opening the door for nonprofits of varying sizes and missions to seek support. Areas of interest to the Foundation span a spectrum that includes civic life, the arts and the environment, early childhood development, economic security, healthy communities, and youth development and education.

This year, the Foundation made a significant investment in youth development with 30% of grant dollars going to programs that offer youth leadership, mentorship, summer learning opportunities, and other year-round programming. Another 26% of this year’s funding will support early childhood development programs. Additionally, grants totaling over $150K are going to programs targeting affordable housing and homelessness prevention.

“It’s our mission to continue aiding those whose work creates a stronger, healthier Worcester County for residents, starting with our community’s youngest and most vulnerable,” said Carolyn Stempler, Chair of the GWCF Board. “We look forward to seeing the impact of these grants in the coming year and are eager to continue our work serving Worcester in perpetuity.”

Nonprofits receiving funds this year are:
Abby’s House Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations $ 18,000.00
Advocates Recovery Aftercare $ 5,000.00
African Community Education
Program (ACE)
Family Outreach & Education Programming $ 18,000.00
African Community Education
Program (ACE)
Youth Academic & Social-Emotional
$ 20,000.00
Alzheimer’s Association
Massachusetts New Hampshire
Increasing Core Services through
Volunteer-Powered Delivery
$ 5,000.00
Angels Net Foundation Inc Educational and Social Programs for
Immigrant and Refugee Youth
$ 5,000.00
Anna Maria College OpporTUNEity Music Connections $ 2,500.00
Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program (YOP)
Worcester Summit Site 2020
$ 2,500.00
Apple Tree Arts* Head Start Preschool Music Outreach
$ 7,000.00
ArtsWorcester Member Exhibitions $ 8,000.00
Ascentria Community Services,
Immigration Legal Assistance Program
$ 17,500.00
Auburn Youth & Family Services Youth and Family Support Programs and
$ 7,500.00
Audio Journal, Inc. Audio Journal $ 5,500.00
Bancroft School* Worcester Partnership (WP) $ 15,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central
Mass/Metrowest, Inc.
Worcester Area Mentoring Program $ 17,500.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Franklin County
After School Mentorship Program in Athol $ 5,000.00
Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls
2020 Summer Program Camperships $ 5,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of
General Operations $ 5,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Youth Development Programs $ 25,000.00
Building Futures, Inc. (fs
Worcester Housing Authority)
Camp Lakeside $ 10,000.00
Camp Putnam, Inc. Overnight Camp Experiences $ 8,000.00
Center for Health Impact* Enhancing the Future of Children through
Cultural and Linguistic Navigation (EFC)
$ 18,000.00
Central Massachusetts Housing
Alliance, Inc.
Public Education & Advocacy (PE&A) $ 10,000.00
Children’s Friend Gender Wellness Initiative (GWI) $ 8,000.00
City of Worcester Department of
Health & Human Services
Narcan Distribution Harm Reduction Initiative $ 5,000.00
Clark University Adam Achiever Program $ 7,500.00
Clinton Adult Learning Center Core Programs for Adult Learners $ 7,500.00
Coalition for a Healthy Greater
Worcester (fs YWCA of Central
Strengthening and Diversifying Community
Engagement in the CHIP
$ 2,500.00
Community Harvest Project Volunteer Farming Program $ 12,000.00
Community Healthlink (fs UMass
Memorial Healthcare)*
Together For Kids $ 12,500.00
Community Legal Aid, Inc. Greater Worcester Immigrant Legal
Advocacy Project
$ 17,500.00
Community Servings Nutrition Program for Residents Affected by
Critical & Chronic Illnesses
$ 9,000.00
Creative Hub Worcester After School Program $ 2,500.00
Crocodile River Music/African Arts
in Education (fs Fractured Atlas)
Community Enrichment through African
Music & Arts
$ 5,000.00
Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Vocational Programs for Youth with
Developmental, Behavioral, Emotional and
Learning Challenges
$ 2,500.00
Discovery Museum Discovery Science: Worcester $ 4,000.00
Dismas House of Massachusetts,
Prisoner Reentry Program $ 15,000.00
Dress for Success Worcester Inc More Than A Suit $ 5,000.00
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural
History Society)*
2020 Countdown to Kindergarten Program $ 7,500.00
Edward Street Child Services* Early Childhood Matters $25,000.00
Edward Street Child Services* Master Teacher Consultation Program $58,000.00
Elder Services of Worcester Area,
Nutrition Program $ 7,500.00
Family Health Center of
Worcester, Inc.
Dental Care for Un/Underinsured
Low-Income Individuals
$ 20,000.00
Family Health Center of
Worcester, Inc.
Health Care for Homeless Families Program $ 10,000.00
Family Health Center of
Worcester, Inc.
Positive Directions Summer Jump Start $ 7,500.00
Family Health Center of
Baby Café $15,000.00
Family Health Center of
Centering Pregnancy $12,000.00
Fathering Fathers Inc. REAL MENtors $ 2,500.00
Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc. Furniture Distribution Center $ 5,000.00
Friendly House, Inc. Frances Perkins Transitional Housing
$ 20,000.00
Friendly House, Inc. Youth Program $ 5,000.00
Friends of St Luke’s, Inc St. Luke’s Guesthouse $ 7,500.00
Friends of the Shrewsbury Public
English Conversation Circle $ 5,000.00
Friends of the Shrewsbury Public
Memory Cafe $ 2,500.00
Genesis Club House, Inc. Supported Education with Young Adult
$ 20,000.00
Girl Scouts of Central and
Western Massachusetts
It’s A Girl’s World $ 5,000.00
Girls Incorporated of Worcester Eureka! Program $ 5,000.00
Girls Incorporated of Worcester General Operations $ 17,500.00
Greater Worcester Land Trust Community Based Environmental
$ 7,000.00
Growing Places Garden Project Equitable Healthy Food Access in North
Central MA
$ 8,500.00
Habitat for Humanity
MetroWest/Greater Worcester
General Program Support $ 7,500.00
Hope Coalition (fs UMass
Peer Leadership Program $ 10,000.00
Hope Coalition (fs UMass
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood
$ 15,000.00
Horizons for Homeless Children Worcester Playspace Program $ 2,500.00
House of Peace & Education* HOPE for Kids $ 5,000.00
Interfaith Hospitality Network of
Greater Worcester (fs Friendly
Program Support $ 10,000.00
Jeremiah’s Inn Nutrition Center $ 8,000.00
Joy of Music Program, Inc. Financial Aid Program $ 10,000.00
Kennedy-Donovan Center* Fostering Early Connections – Building
Parent Confidence and Competency
$ 10,000.00
Latino Education Institute (fs
Worcester State Foundation)
ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve
Excellence) Program
$ 15,000.00
Latino Education Institute (fs
Worcester State Foundation)*
Early Connections Program $ 25,000.00
Let’s Get Ready Worcester College Access Programs $ 5,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of Greater
English Language Literacy for Economic
Security: Job Seekers and other Adult
Immigrants and Refugees
$ 20,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of Greater
English Language Literacy for Immigrants
and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren
$ 5,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of South
Central Massachusetts
ESOL Tutoring Programs $ 8,500.00
Living In Freedom Together
(LIFT), Inc.
Drop-In Center $ 10,000.00
Main South Community
Development Corporation
Grand Street Commons: Affordable Housing
$ 10,000.00
Massachusetts Adoption
Resource Exchange, Inc.
Finding Adoptive Homes for Children and
Teens in Foster Care in Worcester County
$ 5,000.00
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Nature Education and Recreation Programs
for Worcester Youth
$ 15,000.00
Massachusetts Education &
Career Opportunities, Inc.
Collegiate Success Institute (CSI) $ 10,000.00
Massachusetts Education &
Career Opportunities, Inc.
On Our Way $ 12,500.00
Matthew 25, Inc. Pleasant Street Affordable Housing Project $ 5,000.00
Montachusett Opportunity
Council, Inc.
Homework Help Center $ 8,000.00
Music Worcester, Inc. Perspectives: Exploring & Expanding
Programmatic Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
$ 8,000.00
Nativity School of Worcester Graduate Support Program $ 7,500.00
NEADS Inc. Service / Assistance Dog Training $ 7,500.00
Net of Compassion Main Street Saturday Program $ 7,500.00
New Hope, Inc. MJ Ledenham Center Visitation Services $ 10,000.00
NewVue Communities Community Stewards Program $ 10,000.00
North Brookfield Youth Center After-School and Summer Programs $ 10,000.00
North Star Family Services, Inc. Family Pathways Project $ 10,000.00
Notre Dame Health Care Educational Bridge Center $ 5,000.00
Open Sky Community Services Safe Homes $ 18,000.00
Open Sky Community Services South County Homeless Assistance Program
$ 12,500.00
Our Father’s House, Inc. Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless
$ 15,000.00
Pathways for Change Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor
$ 12,000.00
Pernet Family Health Service,
Mental Health Collaborative $ 15,000.00
Planned Parenthood League of
Sex Education and Outreach to Worcester’s
Latinx Community and Others
$ 5,000.00
Preservation Worcester Operating Support $ 9,500.00
Project New Hope Rebuilding with Honor – Easing the
Transition to Civilian Life for Veterans and
Their Families
$ 2,500.00
Quinsigamond Community
College Foundation
Women in Technology STEM Program $ 10,000.00
Rachel’s Table (fs Jewish
Federation of Central MA)
Support for Food Programs $ 12,000.00
Rainbow Child Development
Early Education Programs $23,000.00
Reach Out and Read* Worcester Rx for Success $ 10,000.00
Refugee and Immigrant
Assistance Center (RIAC)
Comprehensive Case Management $ 10,000.00
Regional Environmental Council,
General Operations $ 18,000.00
Render Creative Inc/Main IDEA Operating Support $ 7,500.00
Rise Above Foundation Activities for Foster Youth $ 5,000.00
South Middlesex Opportunity
Council (SMOC)
Greater Worcester Housing Connection:
Triage Center Winter Emergency Resources
$ 10,000.00
Southeast Asian Coalition of
Central Massachusetts
Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaking
$ 25,000.00
Spanish American Center, Inc. Nos Ayudamos Mutuamente (Helping
$ 6,000.00
Straight Ahead Ministries Inc Worcester Youth Re-Entry Program $ 12,500.00
Tasks for Transit, Inc. WRTA Single-Day Bus Pass Program $ 2,500.00
Tenacity, Inc. Summer Tennis & Reading Program $ 6,000.00
The CASA Project* Early Childhood Support Services $ 25,000.00
The Shine Initiative (fs
Community Foundation of North
Central MA)
Mindmatters Teams $ 7,500.00
Together for Kids Coalition (fs
Edward Street Child Services)*
Early Childhood Strategic Plan
$ 22,000.00
Tri-Valley, Inc. Nutrition Program $ 10,000.00
United Way of Central MA* Summer Literacy Initiative – Funders
United Way of Central
YouthConnect Worcester 2020 $ 18,000.00
United Way of Tri-County Wheat Community Connections $ 2,500.00
Visitation House Bridging Back to Economic Resiliency $ 2,500.00
VSA Massachusetts Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art
$ 5,000.00
WCUW Inc. The Voices of Worcester Sharing Passion,
Heritage and Love of Community
$ 10,000.00
Whitin Community Center Youth Outreach Program $ 8,000.00
Worcester Academy Summer Scholars $ 2,500.00
Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team
(fs Worcester Common Ground)
Moratorium Now $ 5,000.00
Worcester Area Mission Society
Summer CUBS (Comprehension and
Understanding Bring Success)
$ 2,500.00
Worcester Center for Performing
Arts (Hanover Theatre)
Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership $ 5,000.00
Worcester Chamber Music
Neighborhood Strings $ 8,000.00
Worcester Common Ground, Inc. Community Building and Affordable Housing $ 10,000.00
Worcester Community Action
Council Inc.
Worcester Youth Leadership Institute $ 10,000.00
Worcester Community Housing
Resources, Inc.
Community Housing & Economic Stability $ 10,000.00
Worcester Community Skateshop
(fs Worcester Roots Project)
Youth Skate Program Spring/Summer 2020 $ 2,500.00
Worcester Cultural Coalition Implementing the Evolution of Worcester: the
Creative City
$ 10,000.00
Worcester Earn a Bike Inc. Youth Program Support $ 2,500.00
Worcester Education
Collaborative (fs United Way of
Central MA)
Operating Support $ 12,500.00
Worcester Interfaith A Worcester That Works for Everyone $ 10,000.00
Worcester Jewish Community
Access to Quality Programming for All $ 10,000.00
Worcester Public Library
2020 Summer Reading Program $ 5,000.00
Worcester Public Library
2019 Summer Reading Program $5,000.00
Worcester Public Schools (fs City
of Worcester)
Building Youth Leadership Through
$ 10,000.00
Worcester Regional Research
Bureau, Inc.
Operating Support $ 8,500.00
Worcester Youth Center Support for Core Programs $ 15,000.00
Worcester Youth Orchestras Financial Aid & Scholarship Program $ 5,000.00
YMCA of Central Massachusetts Minority Achievers Program $ 8,000.00
YMCA of Central Massachusetts Summer Play $ 11,000.00
Youth Opportunities Upheld
(YOU), Inc.
Dynamy Youth Academy $ 10,000.00
YWCA of Central Massachusetts Domestic Violence Services $ 20,000.00
YWCA of Central Massachusetts Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity
and Independence through Careers and
$ 10,000.00
YWCA of Central Massachusetts Racial Equity Program $ 5,000.00
* Indicates Early Childhood grant
About the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization that enables local citizens to create
positive change within our region. Established in 1975, this permanent endowment is used to create personal and
lasting legacies that improve lives and conditions within the community. The Foundation has awarded more than
$123 million to cultural educational, human service and civic organizations. Today, the Foundation stewards a
charitable endowment exceeding $153 million in over 600 named funds. For more information, visit