Please view the "Applying for Grants" section for guideline and application information on the below programs.
Community Impact Grants Program
The Cape Cod Foundation distributes grants from the Cape Cod Future Fund and other unrestricted funds to projects that benefit the residents of Barnstable County. Starting in 2009, the Community Impact Grants Program will be divided into General Grants and Strategic Focus Grants. The Foundation gives preference to proposals that require matching funds or challenge grants to leverage additional funding. Proposals for general operating expenses are not considered through the Foundation's Community Impact Grants Program.
The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation
Recently, the Cape Cod Foundation created the Falmouth Fund, with a local advisory board, charged with the goal of developing a permanent endowment fund to help nonprofit organizations respond to the existing and emerging needs of Falmouth.
Cape Youth Force
The Cape Youth Force is a committee of high school students from across Cape Cod interested in making the community a better place by supporting projects that positively affect youth on Cape Cod. The Cape Youth Force is a program of the Cape & Islands Youth Congress, the Cape Cod Foundation, Barnstable County UMass Extension/4H, and YMCA/Cape Cod. The program was initially established with funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, local contributions, and the Community Fund for Young People and the Fund for Youth Activities, both funds of the Cape Cod Foundation. The committee recommends grants for distribution in the spring.
Gay And Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund
Through this fund, the Foundation strives to raise awareness around issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals on Cape Cod and the Islands. The GALE Fund Advisory Committee raises money to support organizations and programs that serve the LGBT community. Besides its current grantmaking program, an endowment fund has been started that will make continued support possible.
Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals
New in 2010, the McGowan Fund for animals has been established through a gift from the late Thomas McGowan. Mr. McGowan had a passion for animals and wanted to ensure that funding would exist on Cape Cod and the Islands to support their welfare long after his death. In establishing the fund, Mr. McGowan focused on animal protection and welfare with a preference for the following: medical treatment; "no-kill" shelters; spaying/neutering of domestic animals; prevention of cruelty to animals; and education and awareness building of the public on issues affecting animals and their welfare.
For a current list of grantees through the Foundation's Discretionary, Falmouth Fund, Cape Youth Force, and GALE Grants Programs, click here.
Nonprofit Support Program
Designed to stimulate the development of a capable, forward thinking, and collaborative nonprofit sector, the Nonprofit Support Program helps organizations govern themselves effectively, think strategically, and work cooperatively with community partners. The Foundation provides technical assistance through workshops, individual consultations, collaborative projects, and a Nonprofit Consultant Directory.