Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
- 501(c)(3) public charities OR organizations serving a charitable purpose that are applying with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Faith-based organizations; however, proposals will only be considered if: (1) services benefit all, regardless of religion; (2) service provided is not religious in nature; and (3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service
- Civic organizations (proposals must be project-based and of a charitable nature, and the organization must have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization)
- Public and private schools, for projects that exceed the school’s budget funding (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that school)
- Other government agencies with project-based proposals (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that agency)
What does the Cape Cod Foundation support?
The Cape Cod Foundation’s grantmaking program is broad; grants may be made in the areas of health, human services, the environment, education, the arts, and community development. All projects must serve the residents of Barnstable County.
What grants are available?
The Cape Cod Foundation offers various grant programs. Click here for a list of our current grantmaking programs, including guidelines, deadlines and links to the online application.
Do you share our proposals with CCF donors and other funders?
Yes. We will continue to share proposals with our fundholders and encourage them to give together with us. Several times during the year, we provide interested donors a summary of proposals and invite them to join us in funding those requests that align with their own philanthropic interests. This is a way for us to leverage philanthropic dollars and bring them to bear on important issues as well as an opportunity for other philanthropists to learn about the work of organizations in our community.
Can organizations apply for donor advised funding?
Some donor-advised funds have agreed to review requests received through the competitive grants process. Other donor-advised funds do not accepted grant requests, as the grantmaking is either advised by living donors to meet their charitable objectives, or is predetermined by a specific fund purpose. We ask that non-profit organizations not contact our donor-advised fundholders directly.
What if a project is not a 501(c)(3) organization?
Those groups who are not 501(c)(3) organizations who wish to seek funding for a project should partner with a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as the fiscal sponsor to apply for Cape Cod Foundation funds. It will be necessary to complete a certification form and provide additional documentation. If the grant award is made, the 501(c)(3) organization will receive the award.
Note: The Cape Cod Foundation will not serve as a fiscal sponsor for any Cape Cod Foundation grant requests.
What is the grant review process?
Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by Cape Cod Foundation staff. Grant Committees will evaluate eligible applications and will forward grant recommendations to The Cape Cod Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. The Grant Committees are comprised of knowledgeable community members.
What will strengthen an application?
Compliance with all requirements, collaboration, creativity, and significant community impact. Be sure to review the specific criteria for each program carefully.
I have more than one idea for a grant proposal, can I submit a draft?
No, incomplete applications are not accepted. We are always willing to answer questions as the proposal is being written, and encourage you to get in touch with us if you want to discuss your project and fit.
Can I apply for more than one grantmaking program?
Yes, you can apply to more than one grant program at the same time. If you received an award from one of our programs you must wait one year to reapply to that program. You may reapply if you did not receive an award.
Note: Final grant reports are required for any prior grants in order for the Foundation to consider a new grant application.
When will I be notified of a decision?
Typically, you will be notified within three months of a proposal deadline. Specific deadlines are also included in the grant guidelines for each program. All applicants will be notified of the results in writing.
If our proposal does not get funding, will I receive comments from the reviewers or a debriefing of some kind from the Cape Cod Foundation?
We endeavor to be as responsive to questions from applicants as the volume of proposals we receive allows. If you have questions about your application or would like feedback, please contact Carries Bearse, Program Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-790-3040.
Can a paper application be submitted instead of those that are online?
The Cape Cod Foundation has moved to an online application process to reduce processing time and assure that our records are up to date and accessible. We can serve you better with the online process and do require an online application for grant requests.
How do I apply?
Click here to access information for each of our grantmaking programs, there you will find guidelines, deadlines, and links to the online applications. If you have not used our online program before you will have to create an account. If you already have an account with ScholarSelect, simply login.
Online Application FAQs
All Cape Cod Foundation Competitive Grant requests now require applications to be submitted online. The following FAQ should answer most of your questions about the online application process. If you have further questions, or an issue you would like to discuss, please contact Carrie Bearse, Program Assistant at the Foundation.
If I start my application but am not able to finish can I save and come back later?
Yes. By scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “Save and Finish Later” your work will be saved and you can access it at any time by following the link and logging in.
How can I access my saved, in-progress application?
You can access your in-progress application by following the same application link on the Foundation’s website. Once you login, you should see your current application.
Why are there character limits to the application questions?
In order to fairly evaluate the many applications for funding that we receive, we have decided to place limits on the amount of text you can submit. We encourage you to answer each question concisely so that your proposal will receive careful, consistent attention from the grant proposal readers. Text beyond the limit will be cut off and your answer will not be complete. Be sure to edit carefully and double check that your text fits in the allotted space.
How do I attach the required documents?
Click “Choose File” and a window will pop up allowing you to browse for the document on your computer. Once you have selected the proper file and saved, your document will appear in orange text with the words “Download File”.
What file formats will be accepted for attachments?
We request that your attached documents be in PDF format. The maximum size for file attachments is 5MB.
Once I submit my application will I be able to go back and edit?
Grant applications with rolling deadlines do not allow you to access or edit your application once you have submitted. For applications with a specific deadline date, you will be able to edit your application once you submit, prior to the deadline.
The online program is not allowing me to submit my application. Why?
The online program will not allow incomplete applications to be submitted, including attachments. Check your application to ensure that every question is answered and all attachments are uploaded. Incomplete or invalid answers are highlighted in pink. Once you have successfully submitted your application you will receive an automated email notifying you of the submission.