Gr. Worc. Comm. Foundation Awards $81K for Racial Equity
August 13, 2020 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced it awarded $81,347 to 29 nonprofits and the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester to support racial equity in practice, policy, leadership, and impact, as part of its response to the national reckoning on race following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.
“The challenge of racial justice does not fit neatly into annual granting cycles nor can it be addressed in one time initiatives,” said Barbara Fields, president and CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF). “It requires a continued, focused investment in leadership and resources. This grant program is only the beginning of a larger effort by the Foundation to promote anti-racism work in the community.”
Grants totaling $48,347, awarded to the 29 nonprofits will support vents to engage in dialogue with the broader community, purchase of educational material for staff, board, and volunteers, professional development opportunities, and; advocacy and policy initiatives.
A $35,000 grant to the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester will help launch the Trauma, Resiliency and Racial Equity Training Institute, which will support a community training strategy designed to prepare local organizations to lead conversations about racial equity in the community.
Following are the nonprofits that received grants:
Abolitionist Teaching Book Club
African Community Education Program
Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest
Boy Scouts of America, Heart of New England Council
Edward M Kennedy Community Health Center
Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA
Guardians of Traditions
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition
Nativity School of Worcester
Open Sky Community Services
Queer the Scene
Regional Environmental Council
Render Creative/Main Idea
Temple Emanuel Sinai
Westborough Public Library
Worcester Voter Registration Initiative
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