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Falmouth Fund Awards $59,000 in Grants

The grant review committee of The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation has awarded $59,000 in grants for 2015.  According to Eileen Miskell, Chair of The Falmouth Fund, this brings the total awards from The Falmouth Fund to more than $200,000 in its sixth year of grantmaking.

The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation was started to build a permanent endowment and award grants to support our community. The Falmouth Fund makes grants to 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 Falmouth for all its residents.

“With grants for youth and education leading the way, The Falmouth Fund has been able to make grants for health, human services, housing, the arts, the environment, senior living and recreation since 2010. We are proud of the community involvement of so many in Falmouth, and we thank our donors for making this all possible.”

New for this year, The Falmouth Fund divided its grantmaking into two parts: Strategic Focus and General Grants, with the goal to increase impact and remain responsive to evolving community needs.  Grantees formally accepted their awards on Wednesday, March 18th at Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 Highfield Dr. in Falmouth.

2015 Falmouth Fund Strategic Focus Grantees:

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, $10,000
The Community Health Center of Cape Cod started in Falmouth as the Falmouth Free Clinic. It has grown to be major source of medical services through its Mashpee location. They have continued to serve Falmouth residents in space on Jones Road. This grant will support their renovation of the Jones Road location to allow for an increase in patient visits from 7,300 to 10,300 annually, as well as improve patient care space and delivery of service.

Gosnold, $10,000
Currently Gosnold is providing two days a week of mental health counseling at Mullen Hall Elementary School in Falmouth to students whose lives are impacted by substance abuse. The program has been well received by school staff, families and students. This grant will allow Gosnold to expand to four days of counseling each week and supports community-wide efforts to enhance prevention and intervention efforts related to substance abuse and mental health.

WE CAN Corporation, $5,000
WE CAN is a Harwichport based organization whose mission is to empower Cape Cod women with services that inspire hope and bring increased opportunity, self-sufficiency and stability to their lives. This grant will allow WE CAN to bring their services to the Falmouth Service Center to work with Falmouth residents.

2015 Falmouth Fund General Grantees:

Audible Local Ledger, Inc., $1,000
To support the purchase of MetroSonix Subsidiary Communication Authorization (SCA) radio receivers, which will allow each individual with an in-home service program, agency information and a broadcast schedule.

Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, $3,000
To support Falmouth children who attend the Boys & Girls Club annually, including providing summer camp scholarships and membership discounts for Falmouth children.

Cape Conservatory, $1,500
To support the Access2Arts Program that allows students to benefit from an arts education that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Child & Family Services, Inc., $1,000
To support outings for the Therapeutic Mentor program for teens and children up to age 21 in Falmouth.

Children’s Cove: The Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center, $2,000
To support the re-launch of a Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Media Campaign.

Falmouth Band Parents, Inc., $1,000
To support a cello purchase for the High School String Ensemble.

Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, $750
To support a timpani purchase for the Orchestra.

Falmouth Chorale, $1,500
To support “Glory, Hallelujah!”, a concert program commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Falmouth Community Television, $2,500
To support acquisition of a vehicle for the purpose of transporting equipment for on-location productions and will be used as a mobile studio control room.

Falmouth Housing Trust, Inc., $2,000
To support the Adaptive Reuse of the Odd Fellows Hall building to create 4 affordable workforce housing apartments.  The apartments will be deed-restricted and will remain affordable in perpetuity.

Falmouth Historical Society, Inc., $3,000
To support educational programming for students from the Falmouth public schools by hosting a series of field trips and educational experiences that show what life was like for those who lived in the colonial and Revolutionary War eras in Massachusetts.

Falmouth Service Center, $1,500
To support Falmouth Eats Together Community Meals, which serves an average of 250 individuals per meal.

Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools, $2,000
To create opportunities for students in grades 9-12 to get involved in their community and, as a result, become more engaged and connected to both school and community. The program will facilitate opportunities for student volunteerism and community service, and raise awareness about civic consciousness.

Highfield Hall & Gardens, $4,500
To support the Accessibility Project, a multi-year effort focusing on the urgent need to meet Falmouth’s long-term accessibility needs and ensure the campus is universally safe and accessible.

Neighborhood Falmouth, $3,000
To support software for database management and volunteer recruitment, resulting in a systematic process to recruit all-important volunteer service providers.

Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc., $750
To publish a non-fiction, educational children’s book on scarecrows, harvesting and the unique characteristics of our Bourne Farm Salt Pond written by a local Falmouth Preschool teacher.

Sight Loss Services, Inc., $1,000
To support services to the newly blind and visually impaired residents of Falmouth.

The 300 Committee Land Trust, $1,000
To purchase a wheelchair-accessible picnic table to be installed at the River Bend Conservation Area on Sandwich Road in East Falmouth.

Woods Hole Child Center, $500
To support playground safety enhancements by redesigning the structural layout of the existing playground and replacing the current ground cover.

Woods Hole Film Festival, $500
To continue and expand on “Bringing Science to the Screen” and adding an additional venue, Falmouth Academy, in their new screening space.

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