The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from nonprofit organizations serving the town. The application process is entirely online at capecodfoundation.org. The deadline is October 15 at midnight.
While the Fund’s Advisory Committee will consider funding proposals for all types of projects and programs that support Chatham residents, it gives priority to those that address one or more of the following: hunger, children’s needs, the environment, and other social needs, including, but not limited to, housing, healthy-aging, transportation, and economic security.
This is the Fund’s seventh year of grantmaking. Last year, it awarded a total of $30,000 to 12 local nonprofit organizations: Cape Abilities; Cape Cod Children’s Place; Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc; Chatham Marconi Maritime Center; Friends of Chatham Waterways; The Family Pantry of Cape Cod; Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing; Homeless Prevention Council; Lower Cape Outreach Council; Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; Monomoy Community Services for the Chatham Children’s Fund; and Pleasant Bay Community Boating.
The grants supported job training programs for residents with disabilities; educational and recreational programs for children; a mini-documentary about the local fishing industry; training for pond water testing; tuition assistance for child care; and case management, financial assistance and food distribution for residents in need.
A group of residents established The Chatham Fund at The Cape Cod Foundation 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 a total of $122,845 in 26 organizations serving the Chatham community.
The Chatham Fund is one of three town funds affiliated with The Cape Cod Foundation. During the last grant cycles, The Falmouth Fund distributed nearly $100,000 in grants, while The Fund for Sandwich awarded $2,500 to nonprofits serving the town in its second year of grantmaking.
For questions concerning the grant application process, contact the Foundation’s Program Officer, Carrie Bearse, at 508.790.3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in donating to The Chatham Fund can contact Kristin O’Malley, Foundation President and CEO at 508.790.3040, donate online at chathamfund.org, or mail a check, payable to The Chatham Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.