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September 20, 2020
Gr. Worc. Comm. Foundation Awards $81K for Racial Equity
Greater Worcester Community Foundation

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
  • ArtReach
  • ArtsWorcester
  • Bancroft School
  • Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest
  • Boy Scouts of America, Heart of New England Council
  • EcoTarium
  • Edward M Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA
  • Guardians of Traditions
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
  • LIFT
  • LUK, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition
  • Nativity School of Worcester
  • Open Sky Community Services
  • Ourstory Edutainment
  • Queer the Scene
  • Regional Environmental Council
  • Render Creative/Main Idea
  • Shades
  • Temple Emanuel Sinai
  • WCUW
  • Westborough Connects
  • Westborough Public Library
  • Worcester Roots
  • Worcester Voter Registration Initiative
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