The Foundation announced the 34 awardees of its 2022 Community Grants - a total of $456,250. Community Grants are made possible by people who have set up discretionary funds with the Foundation. This type of fund provides GWCF with the maximum amount of flexibility to grant resources where community needs are greatest.

“Our community organizations are demonstrating their strong commitment to helping others in what is continuing to be a trying time for so many people in and around Worcester,” said Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs & Strategy. “Each of these grants reflects the originality, ingenuity, and strong sense of community that distinguish Central Massachusetts from other places - and this Foundation is proud to be a large part of that philanthropic community.”

Rooted in the belief that together, everyone can collectively work towards a more equitable, vibrant and just community by offering flexible grant options, the Community Grant Program implements strategic focus areas, and emphasizes the underlying approaches nonprofit organizations apply to their work. For 2022, the Community Grants remained focused on three strategic areas: Health & Wellbeing, Thriving Families, and Creative Worcester. Additionally, GWCF sought to partner with grantee organizations with a commitment to Racial Equity, Community Voice, and Policy & Systems.

Those organizations receiving funds for operating support this year are:

Angels Net Foundation Inc

Launch of New Early Education Program


Apple Tree Arts

Preschool Music Outreach Program



100 Views of Worcester


Ascentria Community Services, Inc.

Safety Net Program for Refugees and Immigrants


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

Worcester Area College Mentoring Program at Fitchburg State University


Black Student Union - Worcester Technical High School (fs Worcester Public Schools)

Multicultural Immersion of Art & Education


Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley

Social-Emotional Learning at the Club


Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Summer Programs and Outdoor Classroom


Building Futures, Inc. (fs Worcester Housing Authority)

BFI Lakeside Summer Program


Colony Retirement Homes

Wellness Nurse Project


Community Health Awareness Network (CHAN)

Graceful Aging Summer Elder Initiative "Walk with an Elder"


Empower Children for Success (fs Highland Baptist Church)

Family Child Care Entrepreneur Program: (Business/Job Creation)


Guardians of Tradition

A night to remember: Folk Guardians of Worcester


Guild of St. Agnes of Worcester

Early Childhood Behavioral Health Intervention Project


Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), Inc.

BRAVE: Building Real Action for Viable Employment


Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Jazz in the Park: An Evening Celebrating Great Latin/American Musical Influences


Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed Summer Enrichment Program


New England Botanical Garden at Tower Hill

Project Bloom: Strengthening Connections Between Nature and Greater Worcester's Youth


North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc.

Building Relationships so Individuals with Disabilities & Their Families Thrive


Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts Chapter

Healthy Soils for Healthy Communities: A Worcester County Project with NOFA/Mass and SproutChange


Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Quinsigamond Village Partners for Inclusive Children's Theater


Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.

Youth Program - Family Outings & Activities


Push Worcester (fs Worcester Roots Project)

Skate Camp


Quinsigamond Community College Foundation

Mental Health Counseling


Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

Mental Wellness


Tenacity, Inc.

2022 Worcester Summer Tennis & Reading Program (STRP)


Training Resources of America, Inc.

YouthBuild Worcester (YBW) - 33 Merrick St


Whitin Community Center

WCC After-School Youth Resilience and Overall Wellness


Worcester Chamber Music Society

Season 18 Fall Concerts


Worcester Children's Chorus

Raise Your Voice! After School Choirs Partnership with Worcester Public Schools


Worcester Islamic Center Social Services

WICSS Cares: Healthcare Services for Afghan Refugees and Others


Worcester Public Library Foundation

2022 Summer Reading Program


Worcester Youth Center

Violence Is Not Normal


Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc. (an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation)

Dynamy Youth Academy