COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19
THE CAPE COD FOUNDATION STRATEGIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
In March 2020, The Cape Cod Foundation allocated $100,000 in discretionary money to seed The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund. To date, we have raised $1.51 million in committed funds to support the continued operation of local nonprofit organizations as they address the impacts of COVID-19 on the health, economy, and vitality of Cape Cod during and after this challenging time. PRESS RELEASE
We will continue to fundraise to build The Strategic Emergency Response Fund so that we can support our community now and through its recovery–however long it takes. Your help is critical. Your help is appreciated.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
In addition to numerous individual donations, the following foundations and corporate partners have contributed to the fund:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund*
Sheehan Family Companies
The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
The Barr Foundation
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod/The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $1.51 MILLION
TOTAL DISTRIBUTED TO DATE: $1.17 MILLION
LOCAL GRANT RECIPIENTS TO DATE:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cape & Islands
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod
Brazilian Presbyterian Church*
Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Council*
Cape Cod Children’s Place*
Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation*
Cape Cod Council of Churches*
Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative*
Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation General Fund
Cape Cod Military Support Foundation*
Cape Kid Meals*
Catholic Social Service of Fall River*
Church of the Holy Spirit*
Community Development Partnership
Duffy Health Center*
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands*
Falmouth Pantry of Cape Cod*
Falmouth Service Center*
Fishing Partnership Health Plan Corporation*
Friends of the Bourne Council on Aging, Inc.-Bourne Friends Food Pantry*
Harbor Health for Harbor Community Health Center
Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless*
Homeless Prevention Council*
Housing Assistance Corporation*
Kennedy Donovan Center*
Lower Cape Outreach Council*
National Alliance on Mental Illness Cape Cod*
Outer Cape Health Services
Salvation Army Hyannis*
Sandwich Food Pantry*
Soup Kitchen in Provincetown*
The Community Health Center of Cape Cod
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod
Yarmouth Food Pantry*
YMCA Cape Cod/Childcare Services*
*Indicates nonprofit organizations whose grants are supported fully or in part with funding received by The Cape Cod Foundation from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and nonprofit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. For more information, visit MACovid19ReliefFund.org.
NOVEMBER 2020: THANKSGIVING MEALS
The Foundation, in partnership with the Cape and Islands United Way and Rockland Trust awarded a $7,500 grant to Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative to prepare homemade Thanksgiving meals for 300 families in the Barnstable and Sandwich areas.
The Foundation also awarded a grant to Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands to purchase gift cards from supermarkets to distribute to residents in need.
SEPTEMBER 2020: SUSTAINABLE CAPE GRANT
The Foundation awarded a grant to Sustainable Cape-Center for Agricultural Preservation and Education to address food insecurity and support access to local produce.
JULY 2020: FINAL MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND GRANT $126,000
The Foundation selected eight local nonprofit organizations, focused on providing food and financial assistance to residents across Cape Cod, to receive a total of $126,000 from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. PRESS RELEASE
JULY 2020: THE CAPE COD FOUNDATION SURPASSES $1M IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RELIEF
The Foundation continues to focus on helping vulnerable populations across the Cape by deploying an additional $115,000 to three nonprofits focused on providing food, housing, and emergency assistance to residents impacted by the pandemic. This brings the Foundation’s total giving from its Strategic Emergency Response Fund to support COVID-19 relief to $1.04 million. The grants, which have been made over the last 12 weeks, have supported 41 local nonprofit organizations. PRESS RELEASE
JULY 2020: MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND GRANT $145,000
Ten nonprofits receive a total of $145,000 to support on site food pantries, mobile pantries, and summer food programs for children and families in need. PRESS RELEASE
JUNE 2020: TEN LOCAL NONPROFITS RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $200,000 IN RELIEF FUNDING
New round of grants supports food programs, personal protection equipment and hazard pay for front line workers, technical assistance for small businesses working to re-open and the continuation of programs for children and vulnerable populations. PRESS RELEASE
JUNE 2020: FOUNDATION DEPLOYS 3RD ROUND FROM MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND, DISTRIBUTES $130,000
The Foundation deployed an additional $130,000 in grants with funds from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. We selected ten nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to Cape Cod residents impacted by the pandemic. PRESS RELEASE
MAY 2020: FOUNDATION MATCHES SECOND GRANT FROM MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND, DISTRIBUTES $240,000
The Foundation matched a second grant from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund for its Strategic Emergency Response Fund, awarding a total of $240,000 to six nonprofits serving vulnerable members of the Cape community. PRESS RELEASE
MAY 2020: MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND GRANT $100,000
The Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to deploy on Cape Cod. PRESS RELEASE
APRIL 2020: FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS $110,000
The Foundation’s first round of grants from the Strategic Emergency Response Fund focuses on nonprofits that are addressing immediate and ongoing human needs, including food, healthcare, and childcare services for essential workers. PRESS RELEASE
MARCH 2020: $10,000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF
The Cape Cod Foundation invested $5,000 in the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund, a program of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, and $5,000 in Cape and Islands United Way to provide direct support to Cape Cod and Island residents and nonprofit organizations whose clients are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
The Cape Cod Foundation is working with nonprofits to release them from restrictions on previously awarded grants if needed.
We will release regular distributions from other discretionary fund earlier than scheduled.
We are sharing information about community needs with our donor-advised fundholders and other funding partners to expand opportunities to leverage resources and fill unmet needs.
SUPPORT OUR PARTNERS WHO ARE PROVIDING IMMEDIATE RELIEF
The Cape & Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) provides financial relief in the wake of a disaster. Established in 2016 by the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, MCRF provides Cape Cod and Islands residents immediate and ongoing support for needs unmet by traditional forms of public and private disaster aid, in this case, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cape and Islands United Way Community Response Fund will go directly to local organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
DIRECT SUPPORT TO NONPROFITS: We also encourage you to give directly to your favorite nonprofit organizations during this difficult time and to strongly consider general, unrestricted support.
Together, we have invested more than $90 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.
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