June 26, 2019
Nonprofits in Worcester & Cape Cod and Islands Granted $700K

July 23, 2018 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced it has granted $300,000 to four arts-related nonprofits, while the Cape and Islands United Way recently granted $400,000 to 38 nonprofits focused on education, financial stability, health, and housing.

Worcester Nonprofits Granted $300,000 to Engage Diverse Communities

Five Worcester arts-focused nonprofits have collectively been awarded $300,000 to empower them to develop innovative ways to increase engagement with diverse communities that represent Worcester’s changing demographics.

The grants from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation are the first of the foundation's Creative Worcester Initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Barr Foundation.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • ArtsWorcester, $70,000 for support of a comprehensive strategy to diversify artist membership in the organization in line with the current demographics of the City and to help expand and diversify gallery interest.

  • Crocodile River Music, $60,000 for support of an outreach effort to identify and create a roster of African performing artists from among Worcester’s immigrant and refugee communities, and then to connect those artists with performance and teaching opportunities.

  • Main IDEA/Render Creative, $30,000 for support of program expansion to increase youth served, allow for deeper collaborations, and firmly embed this small organization in the larger community.

  • Music Worcester, $70,000 for support of a comprehensive strategy to increase and deepen audience engagement through outreach, expanded program development and promotion of non-classical music brought to the community.

  • Worcester Chamber Music Society, $70,000 for support of deepening engagement with the circles of community in Downtown and Main South neighborhoods that surround participants in the very successful Neighborhood Strings program.

Cape and Islands United Way Grants $400K to 38 Nonprofits

The Cape and Islands United Way, based in Centerville, recently announced it awarded grants totaling $400,000 to 38 nonprofits that provide services relating to education, financial stability, health, and housing.

In the education category, awarded funds will help support early childhood learning, the expansion of quality out-of- school programs and stress management for school-age children.

Grants given to encourage financial stability include food pantry and emergency services, as well as longer term supports that move families toward financial sustainability.

Funded health initiatives serve people with disabilities, promote healthy aging and focus on substance abuse prevention.

To address the growing housing challenges, funded programs include both emergency shelter and stopgap solutions – as well as focused case management for families at risk for homelessness.

See the full list of funded programs.

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