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.

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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
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.Abby’s House - Opening the Door for WomenAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201610000
African Community Education ProgramACE Family Education & Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20175000
American Red Cross of Central MADisaster Cycle Services - Prevention, Response & RecoveryAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201610000
Appalachian Mountain Club2017 Youth Opportunities Program -Worcester Summit SiteAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20172500
Barton Center for Diabetes Education Inc. Campership Program for Economically Disadvantaged ChildrenAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20175000
Becker CollegeForeach AcademyAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20165000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Worcester Area College Mentor ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201710000
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Access and Success ProgramsAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20165000
Children's Friend, Inc.The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-201710000
Community Harvest ProjectVolunteer Farming for Healthy Hunger ReliefAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201720000
Community Servings, Inc.Nutrition Program for Individuals and Families Living with Critical Illness in WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-201712000
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20173000
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.General Operating Support for Dismas HouseAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201710000
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.Easter Seals MA services for individuals with disabilitiesAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20173000
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Healthcare for Homeless Families ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201615000
Franklin County Community Meals ProgramCreating a walk in cooler at Orange Food PantryAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20171200
Friendly HouseUpgrade computers for Social Service and Youth DepartmentsAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20175000
Genesis Clubhouse, Inc.Supported Education ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20177500
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Central Region Playspace ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20175000
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20177500
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Financial Aid ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20165000
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterEnglish Language Proficiency for Economic SecurityAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20175000
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.Finding Permanent Adoptive Homes for Children and Teens in Foster Care in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20175000
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Exploring Worcester CountyAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-201712000
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenMSPCC Worcester General Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-20175000
Music Worcester Inc.Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20175000
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.Nativity School of Worcester One Year Comprehensive Education Student Scholarship.Annual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201610000
New Garden Park, Inc.WOOteria Creative Performance and Collaborative SpaceCapital Requests75000
Old Sturbridge, Inc.Old Sturbridge Village General Operating GrantAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-201710000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterFinancial Aid for Girls and Families In NeedAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20173000
Parents Helping Parents, the Roundtable of Support Inc.Parent Support Services in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20175000
Pathways for Change, Inc.Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor ServicesAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20167500
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.Pernet's Youth Services ProgramG4 Support Grants75000
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201710000
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.REC Food Justice ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201710000
RIA House, Inc. - Ready.Inspire.ActSisters Leading SistersAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20173000
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers Inc- 43 seasonAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20171000
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.New Institutional Refrigerator and Shelving for Worcester’s Homeless Emergency Shelter. Annual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20163000
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.Worcester Youth Re-entry ProjectAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20167500
Tasks For Transit IncTasks For Transit Free WRTA Day Pass ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20171000
The Community Builders, Inc.Community Life: FLOW InitiativeAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20173000
United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc.United Way Operating Support RequestAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201647000
VNA Care Network, IncElder Wellness ClinicsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201710000
Whitin Community CenterYouth Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20172500
Why Me, Inc.Childhood Cancer Lifeline & Sherry's House ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20177500
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood StringsAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Fall 20163500
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.YouthWorks Summer Jobs ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20175000
Worcester County Horticultural SocietyTower Hill Botanic Garden Operating SupporttAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20175000
Worcester InterfaithJobs for Worcester's YouthAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20167500
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.Worcester Regional Research Bureau Operating SupportAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201610000
Worcester Tree Initiative (FS)Tree Planting/Education in Worcester, MAAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2016-20172500
Worcester Youth Center IncWorcester Youth Center Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20175000
Worcester Youth Violence Initiative-Early Childhood Domain (FS)Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma (Worcester ACTs)Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201720000
Young Womens Christian Association of Central MassYoung Parents ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201710000
YouthConnect (FS)YouthConnect Sumer 2017Annual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2016-201710000
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