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The Chatham Fund Awards $10,000

The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation announced $10,000 in grants awarded this fall, bringing the total awards from The Chatham Fund to $24,000 in its two years of grantmaking.  The Chatham Fund was established in partnership with The Cape Cod Foundation to provide the benefits of a community foundation within the local community of Chatham.  The Chatham Fund supports nonprofits that are responsive to community needs and opportunities, work in collaboration with others, think innovatively in their solutions and work strategically to enhance the quality of life in Chatham.

The focus of The Chatham Fund is to support projects and programs addressing hunger, children’s needs, the environment, or other social issues.

“The mission of The Chatham Fund is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Chatham,” said Chris Rhinesmith, Chair of The Chatham Fund.  “We are excited to continue growing and employing our resources to assist community organizations with providing needed services and programs to Chatham residents.”

Fall 2014 Chatham Fund Grants:

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, $1,000

To support the Fish for Families Project.  In partnership with The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and local fisherman this project provides the hungry with local Cape Cod seafood, an excellent source of protein that is often cost prohibitive for local families.

Chatham Orpheum Theater, $1,000

To support screenings of sensory friendly films. These special screenings are for families with children and adults affected by Autism or disabilities that make it difficult to attend movies.

Eldredge Public Library, $1,000

To support technology upgrades to help meet the needs of the community and maintain free accessibility for patrons.

Fishing Partnership Support Services, $1,000

To support a health promotion/community networking program for the Chatham fishing community. Known as the Women’s Initiative, in partnership with Women of Fishing Families, the workshop will address stress-reduction, healthy lifestyles, and financial planning, as well as share knowledge of available local support services.

Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, $1,000

To support school and day camp educational programs for Chatham children from Pre-Kindergarten through high school.  Programs include classes, field trips, and a special curriculum for the high school marine biology class.

Monomoy Community Services, $5,000

To establish an emergency/reserved childcare slot to provide licensed childcare for local families experiencing short term financial hardship or a family crisis.

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