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.



The Foundation Board met on September 27, 2021 and decided to return to its traditional application process for grants. Prior to COVID-19 the Foundation accepted general operating and program support grant applications, and organizations were limited to applying only one time per year.

History and Current: As a response to the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daniels Foundation began in April 2020 only accepting grant applications specifically tailored to organizations providing DIRECT and IMMEDIATE support for basic needs to Worcester’s most vulnerable populations. Subsequently the Foundation allowed only COVID-related grant applications, but they were no longer limited to basic needs. Additionally, the Foundation waived the rule of only one grant per year.

The Foundation is returning to the rule of only one grant per year, and grant applications starting with the October 2021 cycle can be for either general operating expenses or specific one-time program expenses.

  1. Operating support: This grant provides funds for the ongoing operations of the organization, including (but not limited to) operations, program, marketing, fund raising or leadership development expenses.
  2. Program support: This grant provides funds for one-time program costs, including (but not limited to) COVID-19 expenses, upgrading computers, replacing a boiler, capacity development, or installing a new piece of program equipment.

The deadline for submitting applications is the last day of the months of January, April, July and October for decisions that are made at the Foundation’s quarterly meetings.

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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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UPDATE July 10, 2022:  The Daniels Foundation’s Capital Grants program has reopened. The Foundation met in June and decided to reopen the Capital Grants program.  The Capital Grants cycle will open in July 2022 and deadline for submission will be September 30, 2022 for consideration at the December 2022 meeting of the Foundation Board.

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2022.

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 September 30th for consideration at the December meeting of the board each year.

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

Organization NameProject NameProgram AreaPayment Amount
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Expansion/Renovation of 26 Queen StreetHealth$100,000.00
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Your Sanctuary in the City: A Campaign for Broad Meadow BrookEnvironment$150,000.00
Worcester Historical MuseumAccessing Worcester: Your History. Your Future. Your City.Arts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$225,000.00
Apple Tree ArtsGrafton Town House Capital Completion CampaignArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$30,000.00
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumThird Century Plan Phase Two and Grounds MaintenanceArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$250,000.00
Worcester Jewish Community Center JCCJCC 2015 Capital CampaignYouth$20,000.00
National Education for Assistance Dog Services, Inc.NEADS Kennel and Early Learning CenterHealth$10,000.00
Girls Incorporated of WorcesterGirls Incorporated of Worcester Centennial Capital CampaignYouth$100,000.00
Nichols CollegeTeam-Based Learning and Technology ClassroomsEducation (schools, colleges)$200,000.00
American Antiquarian SocietyGoddard-Daniels House Maintenance ProjectsPreservation (Historic)$150,000.00
Quinsigamond Community College Foundation, Inc.Capital in Support of WiT QuESTEducation (schools, colleges)$60,000.00
Greater Worcester Land Trust, Inc.Holbrooke ForestEnvironment$2,500.00
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Inc.Tuckerman Hall Backstage Stair Access ProjectArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$5,000.00
Seven Hills FoundationEnsuring Assistive Technology Sustainability through Assessment, Evaluation, and TrainingCapacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$5,000.00
New Garden Park, Inc.WOOteria Creative Performance and Collaborative SpaceArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$75,000.00
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Inc.Roof Replacement, Additional Women's Restrooms, and New Music Library at Worcester's Tuckerman HallArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$40,000.00
The Bancroft SchoolOut in Front: Transformation of Learning EnvironmentsEducation (schools, colleges)$200,000.00
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.Opening Doors, Transforming Lives. Building for the Future of Abby’s HouseBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$50,000.00
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at WorcesterArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$25,000.00
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for Performing ArtsThe Hanover Theatre - Theatre District CampaignArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$25,000.00
Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.Forward to 50: Creating Opportunity for Youth Capital Campaign 2018-2021Mental Health$40,000.00
Worcester County Horticultural SocietyRamble, a Children’s Garden, & Essential Infrastructure Improvements at Tower Hill Botanic GardenArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$75,000.00
Girls Incorporated of WorcesterGirls Inc. of Worcester Capital RenovationYouth$50,000.00
Worcester Art MuseumWorcester Art Museum (WAM) Lancaster Plaza ProjectArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$100,000.00
American Antiquarian SocietyPreserving the Goddard-Daniels House: Essential UpgradesEducation (schools, colleges)$50,000.00
Stone Soup Artists Activists Community Resource Center, Inc.2019-2020 Stone Soup Capital Improvements & RenovationsCapacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$5,000.00
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, IncAll about MEdia$206,250.00
WICN Public RadioGirls in RadioYouth$2,500.00
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for Performing ArtsA Christmas Carol Student Matinee PerformanceArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$20,000.00
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Staying Vibrant VirtuallyArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$3,000.00
Worcester Historical MuseumWorcester Historical Museum’s Response to COVID-19Capacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$25,000.00
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood StringsYouth$3,000.00
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterEducation (schools, colleges)$3,000.00
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.WRRB Operating SupportCapacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$2,500.00
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterLearning HubYouth$10,000.00
Girls Incorporated of WorcesterOrganizational Technology Equipment UpdatesYouth$5,000.00
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Healthcare for Homeless Families ProgramHealth$20,000.00
Investing In Girls Alliance (FS)The Investing in Girls AllianceCapacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$100,000.00
Old Sturbridge, Inc.General Operations / COVID-19 ReliefArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$10,000.00
UMass Memorial Foundation, Inc.Community Intervention Program for Individuals with Serious Mental IllnessMental Health$5,000.00
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Success Program – Advising & Supports to Address COVID-19 ChallengesYouth$5,000.00
Worcester Youth Center IncWYC COVID-19 ResponseYouth$5,000.00
Music Worcester Inc.Music Worcester Presents: Concerts in COVID-TimesArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$5,000.00
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterPakachoag Connecting: Tuition AND Technology Support for Music LearningEducation (schools, colleges)$3,000.00
YMCA of Central MassachusettsHome Meal Delivery ProgramBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$15,000.00
United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc.Women's Initiative General Operating and Programmatic SupportYouth$30,000.00
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers 47th seasonArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$1,000.00
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas House Utilities and FoodBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$12,000.00
Provision Ministry, Inc.Fresh Food Boxes to Worcester to Combat Food InsecurityBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$5,000.00
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.Breaking Down Barriers: Adoption for Foster in Worcester County.Youth$5,000.00
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.Nativity Worcester Organizational SupportEducation (schools, colleges)$10,000.00
United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc.YouthConnect WorcesterYouth$10,000.00
United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc.Women's Initiative Girl's Leadership Program Planning SupportYouth$5,000.00
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Strengthening Environmental Science Education in the COVID-19 EraEducation (schools, colleges)$12,000.00
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, IncS'more Fun Together - Little at Camp Laurel Wood$20,100.00
Girls Incorporated of WorcesterGirls Summer Nights$40,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.S’more fun Together – Littles at Camp Laurel Wood$12,550.00
Worcester Youth Center IncWYC COVID-19 ResponseYouth$7,500.00
UMass Memorial Health CareHealthy Food Rx: Leveraging Clinical Resources to Address HungerHealth$10,000.00
American Red Cross of Central MAEnsuring blood donor/blood safety and collecting convalescent plasma for Covid-19 patient treatmentHealth$15,000.00
Worcester Historical MuseumWorcester Historical Museum Landmark Exhibit - PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & StyleCapacity Building (coordination among multiple organizations)$10,000.00
Community Harvest ProjectProduce Production to Aid COVID RecoveryBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$25,000.00
RIA, Inc.Sisters Leading Sisters: Peer Mentoring & Support GroupsMental Health$3,000.00
Apple Tree ArtsSongwriting for Youth EmpowermentArts (Performing arts, Museums, Gardens)$3,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterLiteracy Academy: ESOL for Career ReadinessEducation (schools, colleges)$5,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterWorcester Cares 4 Kids (WC4Ks)Youth$20,000.00
Worcester AcademyWorcester Academy Neighborhood Scholarship ProgramEducation (schools, colleges)$10,000.00
Worcester Youth Center IncWYC COVID-19 ResponseYouth$10,000.00
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$15,000.00
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.REC COVID 19 Continued response and recoverBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$15,000.00
Science from ScientistsWorcester Public Schools STEM Enrichment COVID-19 Individual KitsEducation (schools, colleges)$2,000.00
VNA Care Network, IncRemoving Barriers to HealthHealth$5,000.00
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterEducation (schools, colleges)$3,000.00
Worcester InterfaithHealth Equity Family Outreach and Engagement ProgramHealth$5,000.00
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumEcoTarium Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Safety Protocol SupportYouth$10,000.00
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$10,000.00
Provision Ministry, Inc.Helping Families and Children in Worcester County with New Basic Essential ItemsBasic Needs (Food, shelter)$10,000.00
Rett Syndrome Research Trust, Inc.University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, gene editing and RNA editingHealth$25,000.00