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Worcester Together: Central Mass COVID-19 Fund


The United Way of Central Massachusetts Greater Worcester Community Foundation, along with our generous donors and in collaboration with the City of Worcester, have launched Worcester Together. This Fund rapidly deployed grants and other resources to organizations throughout Worcester County that work with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus public health crisis.

About the Fund


The goal of Worcester Together is to address immediate and long-term needs, complementing the work of public health officials and expanding local capacity to address the impact of this public health crisis on our region’s vulnerable populations. Grants will target organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare workers, our seniors neighbors, and communities of color, among others.


While this pandemic is unprecedented, our highest priority continues to be serving the needs of our community. The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the United Way, the City of Worcester, local officials throughout Central Massachusetts and many others are all collaborating to give the Fund the optimal reach and exposure.

Over $8.6M has already been granted! View our grantees here.

How You Can Help


The impact of COVID-19 is becoming more apparent each day as we see parents struggling to home-school their children, workers in the retail, transportation and food industries lose wages, many in the contingent workforce find themselves without work and pay, private drivers losing customers and the list goes on – as the nonprofit community struggles to support our most vulnerable families. Your gift to Worcester Together will help our community and our neighbors get through this pandemic.

Phase 1: Rapid Response

Granting Focus:

Phase One: Rapid Response aimed to complement the work of public health officials by expanding local capacity to address the outbreak’s social, health and economic impacts in the short and long term. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations who are:

  • Authentically connected to the greater Worcester community
  • Serving populations whose needs are being exacerbated by the crisis – including, but not limited to:
    • Front-line workers (first responders, healthcare workers, essential workers)
    • Those facing physical, behavioral or emotional health challenges, including those with disabilities
    • Children and seniors
    • Communities of color, immigrants, refugees and undocumented individuals
    • Those facing food-insecurity
    • Homeless populations
  • Incurring expenses above-and-beyond budgeted operating expenses due to meeting community needs resulting from the pandemic

Program Details:

  • Grant Size: $5,000 to $50,000
  • Organizations will only be eligible for one Phase One: Rapid Response Grant.
  • 501(c)(3) organizations and programs with a fiscal sponsor are eligible.
  • The program will not fund individuals or businesses.

Phase 2: Recovery

Granting Focus:

The goal of Phase Two: Recovery is to provide three-to-six months of unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit organizations that are actively delivering support and/or programming to our community in a high quality, responsive manner. Grants will be awarded to a select group of organizations that:

  • Are current or recent grantees of either the Greater Worcester Community Foundation or the United Way of Central Mass.
  • Have been operating as a nonprofit organization for at least 2 years with 501(c)(3) status or an established fiscal sponsorship arrangement with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Are based in Worcester County, with priority given to those based south of Route 2 to the south end of the county.
  • Fall into one of our designated areas of priority (Arts & Culture, Economic Security, Health & Human Services, Youth Development & Education)
  • Are actively engaged in scenario planning for the future.
  • Can demonstrate financial resiliency.

Program Details:

  • Grant Size: Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000
  • Grantees will have the opportunity to access community-funded consultative services in areas that will be helpful to their recovery.