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. The Daniels Foundation is not considering new capital grant requests at this time.

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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
African Community Education ProgramACE Family Education & Outreach ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 20165,000
American Antiquarian SocietyGoddard-Daniels House Maintenance ProjectsCapital Requests145,000
American Red Cross of Central MAHome Fire Preparedness & Response CampaignAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201510,000
Appalachian Mountain ClubYouth Opportunities Program - Worcester Summit SIteAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20162,500
Barton Center for Diabetes Education Inc.Campership Program for Economically Disadvantaged ChildrenAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20165,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Worcester Area College Mentor ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201610,000
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Access and Success ProgramsAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Fall 20154,000
Community Harvest ProjectVolunteer Farming for Healthy Hunger ReliefAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201620,000
Community Servings, Inc.Nutrition Program for Individuals and Families Living with Critical Illness in WorcesterAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-1610,000
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Summer 20163,000
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas House at Richards StreetAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-1610,000
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.Services for Worcester area residents with disabilitiesAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20165,000
First Night Worcester IncFirst Night Worcester (FNW) 2017Annual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20163,000
Genesis Clubhouse, Inc.Education Supports ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20167,500
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, IncIt's A Girl's World - WorcesterAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 20163,000
Greater Worcester Land Trust, Inc.Holbrooke ForestCapital Requests2,500
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Central Region Playspace ProgramAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Summer 20165,000
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20167,500
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Financial Aid ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20156,000
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterAdult Literacy Education: Tutoring Program and Literacy Academy Classroom InstructionAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Spring 20165,000
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Exploring Worcester CountyAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-1611,000
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenMSPCC Worcester General Operating SupportAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20155,000
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Inc.Tuckerman Hall Backstage Stair Access ProjectCapital Requests5,000
Music Worcester Inc.Organization SupportAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Spring 20165,000
National Education for Assistance Dog Services, Inc.NEADS Kennel and Early Learning CenterCapital Requests10,000
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.Nativity School of Worcester Comprehensive Education Student Scholarship for One YearAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201510,000
Network for Teaching EntrepreneurshipNFTE Entrepreneurship Education program at Worcester Technical High SchoolAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-167,500
Nichols CollegeTeam-Based Learning and Technology ClassroomsCapital Requests200,000
Old Sturbridge, Inc.General Operating SupportAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201510,000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterFinancial Aid for Girls-at-RiskAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20163,000
Parents Helping Parents, the Roundtable of Support Inc.Parent Support Services in Worcester CountyAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20163,000
Pathways for Change, Inc.Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor ServicesAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20157,500
Princeton Land TrustFieldstone Farm Protection ProjectAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201610,000
Quinsigamond Community College Foundation, Inc.Capital in Support of WiT QuESTCapital Requests60,000
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk fundAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 201610,000
Rainbow Child Development CenterUpgrade Four Preschool Teachers ComputersAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Summer 20164,000
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.REC Food Justice ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201615,000
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers IncAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20161,000
Seven Hills FoundationEnsuring Assistive Technology Sustainability through Assessment, Evaluation, and TrainingCapital Requests5,000
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.Worcester Youth Re-entry ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20157,500
The CASA Project, Inc.The CASA Child Court Advocacy ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20167,500
The Community Builders, Inc.Future Leaders of Worceter (FLOW)Annual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20153,000
The Health Foundation FundWorcester HEARS Supplemental Social Emotional Supports ProgramG4 Support Grants75,000
VNA Care Network, IncElder Wellness ClinicsAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201610,000
Why Me, Inc.Childhood Cancer Lifeline and Sherry's House ProgramAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Summer 20167,500
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood StringsAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Fall 20153,500
Worcester Children's ChorusWorcester Children's Chorus (WCC) organizational supportAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Summer 20162,000
Worcester County Horticultural SocietyTower Hill Botanic GardenAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 20165,000
Worcester InterfaithJobs for YouthAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 20157,500
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumEcoTarium Grounds Management & Interpretive PlanAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-165,000
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.The Research Bureau Program SupportAnnual Support Grants more than $5000 Fall 201515,000
Worcester State Foundation IncEnhancing STEM Teaching & Learning Through a Green Chemistry FocusAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Winter 2015-20163,000
Worcester Youth Center IncWorcester Youth Center Operational SupportAnnual Support Grants up to $5000 Spring 20165,000
Young Womens Christian Association of Central MassYoung Parents Program (YPP)Annual Support Grants more than $5000 Spring 201615,000
YouthNet (FS)YouthConnect Summer 2016Annual Support Grants more than $5000 Winter 2015-1610,000
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