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

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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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

UPDATE September 29, 2021: The Daniels Foundation’s Capital Grants program has been cancelled for the 2021-2022 grant cycle. Funding otherwise available for Capital Grants will be re-allocated for support of COVID-19 related emergency program grants. It is the current intention of the Foundation to renew the Capital Grants program for the 2022-2023 grant year, and a final decision to renew the Capital Grants program will be made in June of 2022. If renewed the 2022-2023 Capital Grant cycle deadline will be September 30, 2022 for consideration at the December 2022 meeting.

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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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 NamePayment Amount
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.Abby's House: COVID-19 Emergency Response ProjectGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20207500
African Community Education ProgramACE Family Education & Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20195000
African Community Education ProgramACE Covid-19 Response; and ACE Family Education & OutreachGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20202000
American Red Cross of Central MA Addressing a COVID-19 blood shortage by funding Red Cross biomedical equipment Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Apple Tree ArtsApple Tree Arts Operating SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20205000
Audio Journal, Inc.Equip a Second Recording StudioAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20192500
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency Funds to BBBSCM/MW Worcester "Littles" and their families Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Worcester Area College Mentoring ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201910000
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Success ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20197500
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterCovid-19Covid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterYouth Development at Boys & Girls Club of WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201910000
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterClub Hub: Emergency Services for Families and YouthGrants - COVID-19 Spring 202010000
Community Harvest ProjectVolunteer Farming for Health Hunger Relief Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201920000
Community Harvest ProjectCovid-19Covid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Community Harvest ProjectHealthy Hunger Relief to Fight COVID-19's Community ImpactGrants - COVID-19 Spring 202020000
Community Servings, Inc.Nutrition Program for Worcester & Worcester County Residents Affected by Critical & Chronic IllnessAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202012000
Community Servings, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency GrantCovid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Community Servings, Inc.Community Servings: COVID-19 Rapid Response in Worcester CountyGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20207500
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20193000
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas HouseAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201910000
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas House of MassachusettsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 202010000
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.Disability Services in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20193000
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.ESMA: COVID-19 Remote Rehabilitation ServicesGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20203000
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc.Kennedy CHC Infection Control ProjectAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20197000
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Worcester Healthcare for the Homeless – Healthcare for Homeless Familes ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201915000
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Family Health Center of Worcester’s COVID-19 Community ResponseGrants - COVID-19 Spring 202010000
Franklin County Community Meals ProgramSupporting Worcester County clients of the Orange Food Pantry and Orange meal siteAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20192000
Franklin County Community Meals ProgramCovid-19Covid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Franklin County Community Meals ProgramSupporting the Orange Food Pantry during the COVID-19 crisisGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20202500
Genesis Clubhouse, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency GrantCovid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Genesis Clubhouse, Inc.Supported Education Program for Adults with Mental IllnessAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20195000
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, IncAll about MEdiaStrategic Grants Social Media 256250
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Covid-19Covid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Worcester Playspace ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20195000
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Central Massachusetts Playspace COVID-19 ReliefGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20202500
Investing In Girls Alliance (FS)The Investing in Girls AllianceAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 201775000
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 20197500
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20193000
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.LUK MentoringAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20193000
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterEnglish Language Proficiency: Continuing the Road to Economic Security 2019-2020Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20195000
Living in Freedom Together, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency GrantCovid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Living in Freedom Together, Inc.LIFT Transitional AssistanceGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Living in Freedom Together, Inc.Jana's PlaceAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202020000
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.Finding Adoptive Homes for Children and Teens in Foster Care in Greater WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-20205000
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Nature for All: Nature Education for Worcester County Annual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202012000
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenGeneral Support for COVID-19 Response to Help Children, Youth, and Families in Greater WorcesterGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenMSPCC Worcester General Operating SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20205000
Music Worcester Inc.Music Worcester Presents the 2019-2020 Concert SeasonAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-20205000
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.One Year Comprehensive Student SponsorshipAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202010000
Net of CompassionSheltering Worcester's Homeless 24/7Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20202500
Old Sturbridge, Inc.General Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202010000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterEnsuring Access & Diversity: Financial Aid for Music LessonsAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20202500
Parents Helping ParentsParent Support Services in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20195000
Pathways for Change, Inc.Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor ServicesAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202010000
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.Providing Services to At-Risk Families During a PandemicGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20202500
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.Pernet's Youth Services ProgramG4 Support Grants12500
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.Pernet's Youth Services ProgramG4 Support Grants12500
Preservation WorcesterPreservation Worcester Youth Education ProgrammingAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20201000
Provision Ministry, Inc.Helping the Most Disenfranchised in Worcester Annual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20205000
Rachel's Table (FS)Covid-19Covid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundGrants - COVID-19 Spring 202010000
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201915000
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency GrantCovid-19 Emergency Grants2500
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.Building Community Food Access in Worcester in Response to the COVID-19 CrisisGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20207500
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.REC Food Justice ProgramsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201910000
RIA, Inc.SheFundGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20202500
RIA, Inc.Sisters Leading Sisters in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20193000
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers Inc 46th seasonAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20201000
Science from ScientistsScience Away from the Classroom Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20202000
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.Worcester Girls Youth Re-Entry ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-20207500
Tasks For Transit IncTasks for Transit Single-Day WRTA Bus Pass ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20191500
The CASA Project, Inc.Child Court Advocacy ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 201910000
The Community Builders, Inc.Reading Bug Jr. (Summer 2020)Annual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-20203000
Vanessa T. Marcotte FoundationFemale Safety Awareness and EmpowermentAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-20204000
VNA Care Network, IncElder Wellness ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20195000
VNA Care Network, IncEquipping VNA Care Network’s Frontline NursesGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Whitin Community CenterWhitin Community Center's Youth Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20192500
Why Me, Inc.Essential COVID-19 reliefGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
Why Me, Inc.Childhood Cancer Lifeline & Sherry's House ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20197500
WICN Public RadioIT and Server Upgrade Annual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20192500
Worcester AcademyWorcester Academy Summer ScholarsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-202010000
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood StringsAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20193500
Worcester County Horticultural SocietyTower Hill Botanic Garden Request for Organizational SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 20193000
Worcester Education Collaborative (FS)Integrating Trauma Sensitive Practices (ITSP)G4 Support Grants12250
Worcester Education Collaborative (FS)Integrating Trauma Sensitive Practices (ITSP)G4 Support Grants12250
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumEcoTarium Access Program Annual Grants up to $5000 Summer 20194000
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.Worcester Regional Research Bureau Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 20195000
Worcester Roots Project, Inc.Worcester Youth Co-opAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 20194500
Worcester State UniversityOne Circle For Sexual Education and Healthy ChoicesStrategic Grants 12500
Worcester State UniversityOne Circle For Sexual Education and Healthy ChoicesStrategic Grants 12500
Worcester Youth Center IncWorcester Youth Center; Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20195000
Worcester Youth Center IncOnline ProgramsGrants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
YMCA of Central MassachusettsSummer Camp Behavior Management Model Pilot Annual Grants up to $5000 Spring 20193000
YMCA of Central MassachusettsEmergency ChildcareGrants - COVID-19 Spring 202010000
Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.Emergency Assistance for Worcester Families Affected by COVID-19Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20204000
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.Covid-19 Emergency GrantCovid-19 Emergency Grants2500
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity, and Independence through Career and Education)Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 201910000
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity, and Independence through Career and Education)Grants - COVID-19 Spring 20205000
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