The Fred Harris Daniels Foundation provides grants in three program areas: Program and Operating Grants, Capital Grants, and Strategic Grants which focus on girls ages 10-14. The Foundation seeks to support sustainable, creative solutions to Worcester’s most pressing societal challenges by funding programs and institutions that help people become more self-reliant in their lives and communities. Grant guidelines and information about project grants cycles and required letters of intent can be found in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please scroll down for information about each program.

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PROGRAM AND OPERATING GRANTS

Not for profit organizations recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and maintain operations in the Worcester service area are invited to apply for program and operating grants. Grants can support ongoing operations, special projects, or general improvements to program effectiveness or operational efficiency of the organization. Grants submitted for less than $5,000 use an application which is slightly less rigorous; grants submitted for $5,000 or more will be required to submit additional narrative and documentation.

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INVESTING IN GIRLS STRATEGIC GRANTS

Since 2004 the Daniels Foundation has offered three year grants targeting programs which focus on girls age 10-14. The Daniels Foundation selected this focus area because it was the most under-resourced population in the Worcester, MA service area. Applications are competitive, requiring substantial evidence of planning and capability, and follow up with grant recipients is frequent and rigorous. The best grant applications demonstrate significant evidence-based planning with a comprehensive plan for sustainability after three years. Grant recipients must be recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization and 100% of received funds must be applied to the Worcester, MA service area. Grants are available for up to $225,000 over three years.

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CAPITAL GRANTS

The Daniels Foundation provides capital grants to organizations located in the Worcester, MA service area that recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation. Capital grants are for building construction or building improvements only; program operations or program improvements are not funded by capital grants. Grant payments typically are spread over three years and may not start immediately; all payments are scheduled at the discretion of the Foundation. Capital Grant applications are aggregated and approved once per year. The deadline for submission is November 1 for consideration at the December meeting of the board each year.

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RECENT GRANTS

We encourage you to browse a list of selected recent grants to better understand the types of work we fund.

Organization NameProject NameProcess NameAmount Awarded
American Red Cross of Central MADisaster Cycle Services - Prevention, Response & RecoveryAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201710000
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Access and Success ProgramsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20175000
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Healthcare for Homeless Families ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201715000
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Financial Aid ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20175000
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.Nativity School of Worcester One Year Comprehensive Education Student ScholarshipAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-201810000
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.Worcester Youth Re-entry CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20177500
The CASA Project, Inc.The CASA Child Court Advocacy Program Annual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20175000
United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc.United Way 2017Annual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201755000
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood Strings Program SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20173500
Worcester InterfaithJobs for Youth ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20177500
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.Worcester Regional Research Bureau Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201710000
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.Opening Doors, Transforming Lives. Building for the Future of Abby’s HouseCapital Requests50000
Barton Center for Diabetes Education Inc. Campership Program for Economically Disadvantaged Children Annual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Becker CollegeGirls' ForEach STEAM Camp 2018Annual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Community Servings, Inc.Nutrition Program for Individuals and Families Living with Critical Illness in WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-201812000
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.Services for Individuals with Disabilities in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Friendly HouseGym-n-Swim Summer ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Nature Education for Worcester CountyAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-201812000
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenMSPCC Worcester General Operating SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Inc.Roof Replacement, Additional Women's Restrooms, and New Music Library at Worcester's Tuckerman HallCapital Requests40000
Music Worcester Inc.Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Network for Teaching EntrepreneurshipNFTE Entrepreneurship Education at Worcester Technical High SchoolAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-20185000
Old Sturbridge, Inc.General Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-201810000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterBuilding Confidence to Succeed: Financial Aid for Children & Youth in NeedAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20182500
Pathways for Change, Inc.Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor ServicesAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2017-20187500
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers Inc 44th seasonAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20181000
Tasks For Transit IncTasks for Transit Free Single-Day Bus Pass ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20181000
The Bancroft SchoolOut in Front: Transformation of Learning EnvironmentsCapital Requests200000
The Community Builders, Inc.Community Life: FLOW InitiativeAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2017-20182500
African Community Education ProgramACE Family Education & Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20185000
Audio Journal, Inc.Audio Journal, Inc.Annual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20182500
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at WorcesterCapital Requests25000
Community Harvest ProjectVolunteer Farming for Health Hunger ReliefAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201820000
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas HouseAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201810000
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.LUK MentoringAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20183000
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterEnglish Language Proficiency for Economic Security: ESL Courses and ESL & ABE Individual TutoringAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20185000
Parents Helping Parents, the Roundtable of Support Inc.Parent Support Services in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20185000
RIA House, Inc. - Ready.Inspire.ActSisters Leading Sisters in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20183000
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.Identification Program for Homeless Clients of the Greater Worcester Housing Connection.Annual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20182000
VNA Care Network, IncElder Wellness ClinicsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20185000
Worcester Youth Center IncWorcester Youth Center Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20185000
YouthConnect (FS)YouthConnect Summer 2018Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201810000
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity, and Independence through Career and Education)Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201810000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Worcester Area College Mentoring ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201810000
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20183000
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, IncGirl Scout Leadership ExeperienceAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20183000
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Central Region Playspace ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20185000
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20187500
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201810000
The CASA Project, Inc.Child Court Advocacy ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20187500
Worcester Center for the Performing ArtsThe Hanover Theatre - Theatre District Campaign Capital Requests25000
Worcester Education Collaborative (FS)Integrating Trauma Sensitive Practices (ITSP)G4 Support Grants73500
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumEcoTarium COVES Participation FundingAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20181000
Worcester Youth Violence Initiative-Early Childhood Domain (FS)Worcester ACTsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201820000
Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.Forward to 50: Creating Opportunity for Youth Capital Campaign 2018-2021Capital Requests40000
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