Grants available for serving Greater Worcester Community – apply by September 15

by Beth Melo on August 4, 2015

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards grants semi-annually. They are now accepting a new round of submissions from organizations that serve our region.

Proposals should be submitted by non-profit organizations*. Grants from $3,000 – $25,000 will be awarded for projects benefiting towns and cities of Worcester County, which includes Southborough.

Their budget for the year is $1.3 million with $600,000 of that earmarked for the “fall cycle”. Decisions will be announced in December.

Proposals are sought for the following categories: 

  • Arts and Culture programs that enhance appreciation of diverse traditions, build strength and leadership of the creative sector, provide arts education, make neighborhoods more vibrant, or offer respite and inspiration to communities
  • Community Development including the creation of housing for low-income families, physical and safety improvements at the neighborhood level and the engagement of residents
  • Education including early childhood, academic achievement for disadvantaged youth, lifelong learning for adults, English as a second language and worker training
  • Environment including education in science and ecology, protection of the area’s natural resources, public education and grassroots community efforts, land and water conservation and expansion of opportunities for outdoor recreation
  • Health improvement and access to health care for vulnerable low-income children and communities susceptible to poor health; and to address unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and binge drinking
  • Human Services such as counseling and crisis support, legal services, shelter and housing, protection of children and vulnerable elders, refugees and immigrants and integration of people with disabilities

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 15. Potential applicants are advised to contact a foundation program officer prior to submitting your request:

We find that a conversation in advance can help save you time and make a stronger presentation.

For more information or an application, click here. Questions can be directed to Pamela B. Kane at (508) 755-0980.

*All 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations serving the cities and towns of Worcester County are eligible to apply. Grantees must be able to demonstrate sound planning and fiscal stewardship, have a legitimate and effective governing board and agree to the foundation’s reporting requirements. 

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