This Month's News & Updates

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this year a success for our Foundation and community. With our dedicated donors, volunteers, and nonprofit friends, we are thankful for the many partnerships that help make our mission of improving the lives and conditions for all who live in Central Massachusetts possible each and every day.

Thank you for entrusting us with the opportunity to continue working to build a strong and healthy community. From all of us at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation we wish you compassion and courage in 2017!

story2Community Grants Announced
GWCF recently awarded $1.4 million to 129 nonprofit organizations through its Community Grant program. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ce ntral Massachusetts. Areas of interest include: arts and culture, civic engagement, the environment, early childhood and youth development, economic security and healthy communities . Our Community Grants program is the largest we have, providing funds annually for the general betterment of the entire region. To see a complete list of the Community Grants, click here. To learn more about our Community Grants program, click here.

YCI Program Wraps Up

Youth for Community Improvement, the teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, celebrated their successful program with a grantee reception at the Foundation. The areas interest for this year included: food security, youth engagement and neighborhood enrichment. All applications had to include a "youth voice" component. This year, 10 grants were funded for a total of $22,200. The YCI Class of 2016 is a wonderful example that when given the right motivation and opportunity, amazing things can happen. Click here to see a full listing of the YCI Grants.
Stay Tuned for NSC Spring Schedule and O&E Visits

NSC: The Nonprofit Support Center (NSC) is a series of classes  created for nonprofit leaders - both staff and board members. Strengthen your skills, build your network, and benefit from learning with peers in the new year. Spring workshops will be announced shortly.

O&E Visits: We will be looking for volunteers to participate in our Outreach and Education visits to some of our grantees. It is a great opportunity to visit some of the outstanding organizations in our community that are making a difference in Worcester County. These face-to-face visits allow us to learn more about the organizations we grant to and see how they are making a difference in the community. We will be providing sign-up schedules in early February.

Please stay tuned as we prepare for an exciting 2017!

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