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Competitive Grant Programs

Open Door Grants

Applications accepted on a rolling basis from March 20-July 12.
These grants give small- to medium-sized organizations access to funding and the Foundation an opportunity to learn more about their work. MORE INFO

Capacity-Building Grants

Applications for this grant cycle have closed.  We will announce which organizations will be invited to submit a full RFP by Thursday, June 27.  
These grants support initiatives that help nonprofits reach the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity. MORE INFO

Town Fund Grants

Applications will open in August and will be due in September and October. Check back this summer for details.
Residents created these funds to support the important work of nonprofits in their individual communities: Chatham, Falmouth, Harwich, and Sandwich. MORE INFO

The Women and Girls
Fund Grants

Applications will be due on October 11. Check back in the summer for specific dates and deadlines.
These grants support initiatives that strengthen the lives of women and girls in our region. MORE INFO


The Cape Cod Foundation develops permanent and flexible endowment funds to help nonprofit organizations seize opportunities and respond to the existing and emerging needs of communities across Cape Cod. Our grantmaking is broad and supports all areas of our community: health, human services, the environment, education, the arts, and community development.

We are particularly interested in supporting collaborative initiatives that respond to our PROGRAMMATIC PRIORITIES. The programmatic priorities feed into the organizational strategy outlined in our recently published report: Connecting Cape Cod.  We encourage you to read through these materials to learn if your initiative is a fit for funding. 

2024 Grant Opportunities

There are currently four Competitive Grant Programs: Open Door Grants, Capacity-Building Grants, Town Fund Grants, and Women and Girls Fund Grants. Each grant has unique criteria.  Once the application is open, click on the specific Grant Program above and carefully review the specific requirements and deadlines for each opportunity. 

Changes for 2024

Please note: The grants known as Program Grants are not offered for 2024. Instead, we have focused our grant opportunities on capacity-building, a strategic priority of the Foundation. We have also created a special opportunity for small- to medium-size organizations to receive one-time general operating support with our new Open Door Grants.


Grant Information Session

This information session contains an overview of The Cape Cod Foundation’s 2024 Competitive Grantmaking Programs and a deeper drive into its Targeted Capacity Building Grant Program.

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