Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the awarding of $37,900 through the Leicester Savings Bank Fund that will improve the quality of life for Leicester residents. Those who received funding will help make a positive difference for the Leicester community's vulnerable citizens by improving life through community development, education, recreation, the arts, or human services.

The following organizations received grants from the Leicester Savings Bank Fund:

• Audio Journal
• Leicester Council on Aging
• Leicester Harvest Fair
• Leicester Summer Concert Series
• MA Audubon Society
• Science from Scientists
• Senior Citizens Club
• St. Joseph/St. Pius X: Leicester Food Pantry
• Hearts for Heat/Leicester Hearts for Heat

In addition, two special grants were awarded to the Leicester and Auburn Police Departments. These grants were given in honor of Auburn Patrolman, Ronald Tarentino who was killed in the line of duty May 22, 2016. Officer Tarentino was a patrolman for the Auburn Police Department for 2 years and previously served on the Leicester Police Department for 7 years.