The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations serving the town’s residents.
“This year’s grant recipients are doing extremely important work in our community,” said Henry R. Holden, Chair of The Chatham Fund’s Advisory Committee. “They are helping residents facing extreme financial hardships, providing engaging educational and recreational opportunities for children, supporting job training for people with disabilities, advancing our understanding of the fishing community, and leading critical environmental projects.”
This year’s recipients are:
Cape Abilities, $2,500
To support job training for local adults and high school students with disabilities at the Farm Store in the Old Village in Chatham
Cape Cod Children’s Place, $1,000
To support outdoor, play-based experimental education sessions for children ages 5-8 in the Monomoy School District
Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc, $1,500
To support the “Storytelling” program through the production of video mini-documentaries and podcasts so members of the community can learn more about the lives, struggles, and successes of local fishermen
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, $2,000
To support the STEM After-Hours Program for students living in Chatham
Friends of Chatham Waterways, $1,000
To support training and the methodology for the Pond Water Testing Program which will scientifically test six of Chatham’s ponds for cyanobacteria levels
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, $5,000
To support food for Chatham residents in need
Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing, $2,000
To support The Children’s Center Tuition Assistance Program for Chatham youth
Homeless Prevention Council, $2,000
To help provide a variety of services and case management to residents of Chatham who need help developing a plan and path to self-sufficiency
Lower Cape Outreach Council, $3,000
To support emergency mortgage, rent & shelter costs for Chatham residents
Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, $3,000
To support the Chatham Elementary School Conservation Science Education Program
Monomoy Community Services for the Chatham Children’s Fund, $5,000
To support programs that assist Chatham youth.
Pleasant Bay Community Boating, $2,000
To support First Sail and Monomoy Community Center Sailing Programs.
A group of residents established The Chatham Fund to build a permanent endowment for the town through private donations and to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the community. Since 2013, the Fund has invested $122,845 back into the Chatham community. Two other Cape towns have similar funds with the Foundation: Falmouth and Sandwich.
Anyone interested in donating to The Chatham Fund can call President and CEO Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at capecodfoundation.org, or mail a check, payable to The Chatham Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.