The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation is pleased to announce that it distributed $100,000 in grants to 27 local nonprofit organizations at a reception hosted at Highfield Hall & Gardens on March 29, 2018.
Sharon Nunes, Chair of The Falmouth Fund, said that the organization has distributed nearly $500,000 to more than 70 organizations over the past nine years.
The 2018 grant recipients will make a significant impact across the Falmouth community through important projects in education, health and human services, arts and culture, and the environment, according to Nunes. “We are so grateful to everyone who donated to The Falmouth Fund. Our donors are making an incredible investment in our community. Their generosity makes all of this possible,” she said.
The Falmouth Fund was established to support the work of area nonprofits who are tackling a wide range of issues and creating opportunities in the community. Nunes said the goal of a sustainable, permanent endowment is to make a difference in people’s lives today and plan for future generations of Falmouth residents.
“The diversity of projects and the commitment of this year’s grant recipients are truly inspiring,” said Kristin O’Malley, Cape Cod Foundation President and CEO. “We are honored to partner with The Falmouth Fund to support such impactful work in the community.”
The awards were presented in two categories: Strategic Focus Grant Recipients and General Grant Recipients.
Strategic Focus Grant Recipients:
Association to Preserve Cape Cod, $8,000. Supports a partnership with the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club to restore the upper Childs River and the Farley Cranberry Bog
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands, $5,000. Supports the expansion of outreach programs to establish additional long-term mentoring friendships between caring adults and Falmouth children
Falmouth Historical Society, Inc., $5,000. Supports a part-time Collections Manager position to professionally preserve and inventory museum artifacts of Falmouth’s history
Falmouth Public Schools, $12,000. Supports Calmer Choice programming in the four Falmouth elementary schools and staff training at Morse Pond middle school
Falmouth Service Center, $12,000. Supports the redesign of the pantry to expand the produce and freezer areas to serve more residents and to integrate health and wellness activities into food distribution programs
Habitat for Humanity, $2,500. Supports start-up costs for the new Falmouth ReStore whose proceeds will, in turn, support building affordable homes in Falmouth and on the Cape
General Grant Recipients:
Belonging to Each Other, Inc., $4,200. Supports additional hours for a Case Manager to develop tailored plans for Falmouth clients in need of housing over the winter months
Buzzards Bay Coalition, $2,500. Supports Discover Buzzards Bay: Falmouth, a hands-on program that educates and inspires students to be environmental stewards
Cape Arts and Entertainment, $2,000. Supports Cape Conservatory’s inaugural Family Concert (in collaboration with the Falmouth Chamber Orchestra) to introduce orchestral music to children and their families through an engaging, interactive concert experience
College Light Opera Company, $1,000. Supports the New Works Initiative that will bring an original one-act work by an emerging composer-lyricist team to the CLOC stage as part of its 50th season
East Falmouth Elementary School PTO, $7,000. Supports the school courtyard renovation that transforms the courtyard into a multi-functional learning space for STEM inquiry, reading, art and library activities
Falmouth Band Parents, Inc., $1,730. Funding to purchase a mobile folio cabinet for the Falmouth High School Orchestral Program
Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, $2,000. Supports its Beethoven 9th Concert, performed in celebration of the Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary
Falmouth Chorale, $2,000. Supports its Brass Quintet Concert, a unique pairing of choral music and brass instruments
Falmouth STEM Boosters, Inc., $2,000. Supports bus transportation for STEM-related field trips, from herring tagging and restoration at the Coonamessett River to WHOI’s Ocean Observatories
Falmouth Theater Guild, $2,000. Supports purchase of a theater lighting console to enhance performances and to train those of all ages in this element of stagecraft
Falmouth Together We Can, Inc., $1,200. Supports the Celebrations After-Prom event, the tradition of keeping students safe with an evening of non-stop music, food, challenge events, crafts and prizes
Volunteers in Public Schools, $2,500. Supports hiring a consultant to create a development plan for funding short-term projects and ensuring long-term organizational stability.
Friends of Fairwinds, $1,000. Funding for software and computers for clients preparing to take their GED test to earn their high school diplomas, readying them for the workforce
Highfield Hall & Gardens, $2,900. Supports docent training and tour development to expand on the museum’s educational goals and to provide visitors with engaging, informative and interactive experiences
Housing Assistance Corporation, $5,000. Supports the Falmouth Housing Assistance Program to strengthen its current work and build on new initiatives including outreach to the homeless and introducing financial literacy classes
Neighborhood Falmouth, $1,000. Supports fundraising and database training which will provide infrastructure to sustain the organization’s goal to help seniors live independently, safely and comfortably in their own homes
North Falmouth Elementary School PTO, $4,000. Funding for the school playground expansion project that will include ADA accessible structures that will intrigue and delight school children and the broader community
The 300 Committee Land Trust, $3,000. Support to produce a comprehensive update to the Conservation and Recreation Map of Falmouth that reflects the addition of 180 acres and to improve public access to the more than 2,400 acres of important Falmouth lands that are permanently protected
WE CAN Corporation, $4,500. Funding to expand programs, like legal consults, financial empowerment and PathMakers mentoring for upper Cape women in transition
Woods Hole Film Festival, $1,500. Supports Film Falmouth, a community film series, and Bringing Science to the Screen, a unique paring of films with talks by local scientists
YMCA Cape Cod, $2,500. Funding to produce a schematic design package to support the funding phase for Falmouth Wants a Y
For more information about the fund or to sign up for The Falmouth Fund newsletter, please visit www.capecodfoundation.org.
Anyone interested in contributing to The Falmouth Fund can contact Cape Cod Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at capecodfoundation.org or mail a check, payable to The Falmouth Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation, 261 Whites Path, Unit 2, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.