Worcester Together Issues $1 Million in Local Grants

 by Tom MarinoMarch 3, 2021

WORCESTER - The Worcester Together fund announced on Wednesday, March 3, it recently issued $1 million in grants to its six local non-profits.

Worcester Together is a joint effort between the Greater Worcester Community Foundation [GWCF] and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with the City of Worcester.

The fund has issued over $10.6 million in funds to Central Massachusetts nonprofits in the last year. Organizations issued grants focused on helping families facing issues such as lost income, unstable housing, food insecurity, and more.

The fund called this round of grants “Reimagining Grants.” According to GWCF President and CEO Barbara Fields, the grants “… were designed to encourage local leaders to step back from the immediate consequences of a social issue and address the root causes.”

The Reimagining Grants are the Fund’s final phase of grant making.

The six grant recipients are:

Legendary Legacies, Inc.: $125,000

  • Creating a youth-led civic engagement academy to increase voter registration and turnout among 18 to 25-year-olds.

Pernet Family Health Service: $150,000

  • Providing in-home neonatal visits for all Worcester parents.

Regional Environmental Council: $125,000

  • Improve food security by increasing utilization of federal and state programs designed to help residents purchase local produce

Together for Kids Coalition: $175,000

  • Establishing an early childhood care coordinated system.

Worcester Community Action Council: $175,000

  • Delivery of services in Southbridge and surrounding communities.

Worcester Education Collaborative: $250,000

  • Improving access to and quality of out-of-school time programs.
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