The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has announced its 2020 Community Grants recipients. This is the Foundation’s largest and most flexible grant program, providing nearly $2 million in 2020 for the general betterment of the community.
“We knew the needs of local nonprofits would be different in light of the pandemic,” said Barbara Fields, Executive Director of GWCF. “It is essential for these organizations to receive the funding and support they need to sustain themselves. In this time of uncertainty, the Foundation stepped up to strengthen this sector and meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations.”
In this year’s Community Grant Program, a wide range of projects – everything from food insecurity and cultural engagement to entrepreneurship training, health care delivery, basic needs, and youth opportunities – were awarded funding.
Auburn Youth and Family Services was tapped for $10,000 in funding. Founded in 1976, AYFS provides a broad range of services for vulnerable families in Auburn and has become an indispensable resource in Town.
“We are excited and inspired by this year’s grant recipients,” said Jonathan Cohen, GWCF vice president for programs and strategy. “Each of the funded projects speaks to the uniqueness, creativity, and community spirit that is alive and well in Central Massachusetts.”
A list of the 2020 GWCF Community Grant Program recipients – including a short description of the funded projects and the amounts awarded – is available on the Foundation’s website.