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

As a response to the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daniels Foundation has since April 2020 only been accepting grant applications specifically tailored to organizations providing DIRECT and IMMEDIATE support for basic needs to Worcester’s most vulnerable populations. Funding provided for the June and September 2020 grant cycles could not be used for general fundraising or services not related to the provision of basic needs.

At the September Board meeting the Board members of the Daniels Foundation agreed that the Foundation will continue to accept only COVID-19 related grant applications for the December 2020 quarterly meeting.

However, these grant applications can now be submitted for ANY COVID-19 related need, including but no longer limited to BASIC NEEDS.

The Foundation will continue to allow organizations to apply which have already received COVID related funds from April through the September quarterly meeting. However, the Board is also actively encouraging applications from organizations who have postponed submission or have not applied for COVID related grants because their programs did not focus on BASIC NEEDS.

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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 MAY 5, 2020: The Daniels Foundation’s Capital Grants program has been cancelled for the 2020 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 2021 grant year, and a final decision to renew the Capital Grants program will be made in June of 2021. If renewed the 2021 Capital Grant cycle deadline will be September 30, 2021 for consideration at the December 2021 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 NameAmount Awarded
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.Opening Doors, Transforming Lives. Building for the Future of Abby’s HouseCapital Requests$50,000.00
American Antiquarian SocietyGoddard-Daniels House Maintenance ProjectsCapital Requests$150,000.00
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at WorcesterCapital Requests$25,000.00
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at WorcesterCapital Requests$25,000.00
Girls Incorporated of WorcesterGirls Inc. of Worcester Capital RenovationCapital Requests$50,000.00
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra Inc.Roof Replacement, Additional Women's Restrooms, and New Music Library at Worcester's Tuckerman HallCapital Requests$40,000.00
Nichols CollegeTeam-Based Learning and Technology ClassroomsCapital Requests$200,000.00
Stone Soup Artists Activists Community Resource Center, Inc.2019-2020 Stone Soup Capital Improvements & RenovationsCapital Requests$5,000.00
The Bancroft SchoolOut in Front: Transformation of Learning EnvironmentsCapital Requests$200,000.00
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for Performing ArtsThe Hanover Theatre - Theatre District CampaignCapital Requests$25,000.00
Worcester Art MuseumWorcester Art Museum (WAM) Lancaster Plaza ProjectCapital Requests$100,000.00
Worcester Historical MuseumAccessing Worcester: Your History. Your Future. Your City.Capital Requests$225,000.00
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumThird Century Plan Phase Two and Grounds MaintenanceCapital Requests$250,000.00
Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.Forward to 50: Creating Opportunity for Youth Capital Campaign 2018-2021Capital Requests$40,000.00
Apple Tree ArtsApple Tree Arts Operating SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$5,000.00
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ChildrenMSPCC Worcester General Operating SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$5,000.00
Pakachoag Music School of Greater WorcesterEnsuring Access & Diversity: Financial Aid for Music LessonsAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$2,500.00
Preservation WorcesterPreservation Worcester Youth Education ProgrammingAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$1,000.00
Salisbury Singers, Inc.Salisbury Singers Inc 46th seasonAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$1,000.00
Vanessa T. Marcotte FoundationFemale Safety Awareness and EmpowermentAnnual Grants up to $5000 Winter 2019-2020$4,000.00
Discovery Museums, Inc.Discovery Science: WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 2019$3,000.00
Parents Helping ParentsParent Support Services in Worcester CountyAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 2019$5,000.00
Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTariumEcoTarium Access ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Summer 2019$4,000.00
Provision Ministry, Inc.Helping the Most Disenfranchised in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2020$5,000.00
Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.Disability Services in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$3,000.00
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.LUK MentoringAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$3,000.00
RIA House, Inc. - Ready.Inspire.ActSisters Leading Sisters in WorcesterAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$3,000.00
Tasks For Transit IncTasks for Transit Single-Day WRTA Bus Pass ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$1,500.00
Worcester Youth Center IncWorcester Youth Center; Operational SupportAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$5,000.00
YMCA of Central MassachusettsSummer Camp Behavior Management Model PilotAnnual Grants up to $5000 Spring 2019$3,000.00
Whitin Community CenterWhitin Community Center's Youth Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 2019$2,500.00
WICN Public RadioIT and Server UpgradeAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 2019$2,500.00
Worcester Chamber Music SocietyNeighborhood StringsAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 2019$3,500.00
Worcester Roots Project, Inc.Worcester Youth Co-opAnnual Grants up to $5000 Fall 2019$4,500.00
Community Servings, Inc.Nutrition Program for Worcester & Worcester County Residents Affected by Critical & Chronic IllnessAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$12,000.00
Living in Freedom Together, Inc.Jana's PlaceAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$20,000.00
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.Finding Adoptive Homes for Children and Teens in Foster Care in Greater WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$5,000.00
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.Nature for All: Nature Education for Worcester CountyAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$12,000.00
Music Worcester Inc.Music Worcester Presents the 2019-2020 Concert SeasonAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$5,000.00
Nativity School of Worcester, Inc.One Year Comprehensive Student SponsorshipAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$10,000.00
Old Sturbridge, Inc.General Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$10,000.00
Pathways for Change, Inc.Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor ServicesAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$10,000.00
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.Worcester Girls Youth Re-Entry ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$7,500.00
The Community Builders, Inc.Reading Bug Jr. (Summer 2020)Annual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$3,000.00
Worcester AcademyWorcester Academy Summer ScholarsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Winter 2019-2020$10,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.Worcester Area College Mentoring ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$10,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of WorcesterYouth Development at Boys & Girls Club of WorcesterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$10,000.00
Horizons for Homeless Children, Inc.Worcester Playspace ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$5,000.00
Jeremiahs Hospice, Inc. (aka Jeremiah's Inn)Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition CenterAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$7,500.00
Rachel's Table (FS)Children's Milk FundAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$15,000.00
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.REC Food Justice ProgramsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$10,000.00
The CASA Project, Inc.Child Court Advocacy ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Summer 2019$10,000.00
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas House of MassachusettsAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2020$10,000.00
African Community Education ProgramACE Family Education & Outreach ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$5,000.00
Audio Journal, Inc.Equip a Second Recording StudioAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$2,500.00
Community Harvest ProjectVolunteer Farming for Health Hunger ReliefAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$20,000.00
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.Dismas HouseAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$10,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of Greater WorcesterEnglish Language Proficiency: Continuing the Road to Economic Security 2019-2020Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$5,000.00
VNA Care Network, IncElder Wellness ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$5,000.00
Worcester County Horticultural SocietyTower Hill Botanic Garden Request for Organizational SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$3,000.00
YWCA Central Massachusetts, Inc.Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity, and Independence through Career and Education)Annual Grants more than $5000 Spring 2019$10,000.00
Bottom Line, Inc.Worcester Success ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$7,500.00
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc.Kennedy CHC Infection Control ProjectAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$7,000.00
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.Worcester Healthcare for the Homeless – Healthcare for Homeless Familes ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$15,000.00
Franklin County Community Meals ProgramSupporting Worcester County clients of the Orange Food Pantry and Orange meal siteAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$2,000.00
Genesis Clubhouse, Inc.Supported Education Program for Adults with Mental IllnessAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$5,000.00
Joy of Music Program, Inc.Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$3,000.00
Why Me, Inc.Childhood Cancer Lifeline & Sherry's House ProgramAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$7,500.00
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.Worcester Regional Research Bureau Operating SupportAnnual Grants more than $5000 Fall 2019$5,000.00
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