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October 31, 2023

GWCF grants $2M to 148 nonprofits to help with operations, missions

Image | Courtesy of Conventures GWCF will celebrate the relaunch of its full line of services for nonprofits with a networking celebration on March 5 at the foundation’s new offices at 1 Mercantile St.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded $2.1 million to local nonprofits as part of its community grants program. A total of 148 nonprofits serving the Greater Worcester community will share the funding, a majority of which is non restricted dollars.

The foundation’s grants are for nonprofits targeting issues in four focus areas, according to a Monday press release from GWCF. Some 44% of the funding will go to nonprofits focusing on youth and families, 22% to arts and culture, 21% to basic needs, and 19% to health.

“We are proud to support so many organizations that are working tirelessly to address the complex challenges facing our communities,” GWCF President and CEO Peter Dunn said in the press release. “By investing in these four focus areas, we are working in partnership with local nonprofits and our donors to build a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive region.”  

Among the nonprofit grantees, African Community Education and Edward Street Child Services, both in Worcester, are two grant recipients in the youth and families category. ArtsWorcester and Casita Cultura Latina in Worcester received arts and culture grants, and Community Harvest Project in Grafton and Mustard Seed Catholic Worker Community in Worcester received basic needs grants. Family Health Center of Worcester and Worcester rape crisis center Pathways for Change received health category grants. 

The foundation had the highest number of applicants for a community grant during this year’s cycle. Approximately 60% of applicants received a portion of the grant funding.

Ninety of the awardees will split $1.3 million for general operating expenses, which is unrestricted funding to be used at the nonprofits’ discretion. Some 58 nonprofits will receive a total of $813,000 for specific project funding. Over a dozen nonprofits will receive both kinds of funding.

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