The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in grants to ten nonprofit organizations serving the town’s residents.
“This year’s grant recipients are bringing a variety of very meaningful and exciting projects and programs to the community,” said Henry R. Holden, Chair of The Chatham Fund’s Advisory Committee. “Some support residents in need, some focus on education and youth development, and others provide opportunities for seniors and families to engage in activities throughout the community.”
This year’s recipients are:
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center – $2,000
To support summer STEM programs for students living in Chatham
Chatham Orpheum Theater – $2,000
To support a community outreach program for residents of Chatham nursing homes and assisted living communities to attend daytime programming at the theater free of charge
Creative Arts Center – $800
To support staff and supplies for art classes for Cape Abilities clients
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – $5,000
To support food for Chatham residents in need
First Night Chatham – $2,000
To support the Children’s Button Fund which allows Chatham families experiencing economic hardship to attend the First Night celebration with their children
Homeless Prevention Council – $2,000
To support residents of Chatham in need through a variety of services including Backpack to School and the Adopt a Family program, and to provide case management to help clients develop a plan and path to self-sufficiency
Lower Cape Outreach Council – $2,500
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 and scholarships for Chatham children who could not otherwise afford to attend the 2018 Natural History Day Camp
Monomoy Community Services – $8,700
To support water safety compliance through enhanced equipment and staff training, special needs accommodation staffing, and the Backpack Coalition which works to ensure all local children have the basic supplies necessary to begin the school year
Pleasant Bay Community Boating – $2,000
To support sailing programs for Chatham residents, specifically third grade students at Chatham Elementary School, children enrolled in the Monomoy Community Services Summer Program, and senior citizens of Chatham, in partnership with the Chatham Council on Aging.
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 $92,845 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.