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The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation Awards $100,000 in Grants

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation awarded $100,000 in grants to 31 nonprofit organizations at a reception hosted at the Falmouth Museums on the Green on March 11.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, since 2010, we have invested nearly $700,000 back into the Falmouth community,” said Sharon Nunes, Advisory Committee Chair. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support.”

Nunes said The Falmouth Fund was established to support the work of area nonprofits that are doing remarkable work in all areas of the Falmouth community: education, health and human services, arts and culture, and the environment. Now as the Fund enters its second decade, the Advisory Committee is especially focused on continuing to build its endowment.

“The projects and programs we help fund impact thousands of people and are vital to our community,” Nunes said, “While we are proud of our accomplishments, we must also plan for the future. There will be always be challenges and opportunities ahead.”

“The Falmouth Fund started as a grass roots movement by residents who wanted to make a difference in their community,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “Their work is inspiring and impactful.”

The awards were presented in two categories: Strategic Focus Grant Recipients and General Grant Recipients.

Three nonprofit organizations serving the Falmouth community received Strategic Focus Grant to address strategic initiatives or to build long-range organizational capacity.

Calmer Choice, $10,000
To support creating sustainable Calmer Choice programming in the Falmouth Public Elementary Schools

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, $8,000
To support its Access to Care Program at Falmouth Housing Authority

The 300 Committee Land Trust, $9,750
To expand stewardship support for Falmouth’s Conservation Lands

Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations serving the Falmouth community received General Grants to address emerging opportunities, launch creative initiatives, or to cover the cost of small, one-time projects.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Center, Inc., $2,500
To support the 2020 John Levin Memorial Alzheimer’s Conference with Teepa Snow

Amazing Grace of Cape Cod, $4,518
To provide Circle of Care for three Falmouth children and their family members

Belonging to Each Other, Inc., $4,250
To support cold weather housing for the homeless in 2020-2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands, $5,000
To support one-to-one mentoring for at-risk Falmouth youth

Buzzards Bay Coalition, $1,000
To support the “Discover Buzzards Bay: Falmouth Bay Adventures” program

Cape Arts & Entertainment, $1,000
To support Summer Sounds Chamber Music Camp

Cape Cod Pride, Inc., $2,000
To support the Cape Cod Pride Festival 2020

College Light Opera Company, $1,500
To support “College Light Opera Company Presents: Summer Concert Series” at West Falmouth Library

Falmouth Art Center, $2,500
To support programming for community activities

Falmouth Band Parents, Inc., $2,975
To purchase violins for the Lawrence School String Program

Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, $2,000
To support the Spring 2020 Concert, Beethoven Piano Concerto

Falmouth Chorale, $2,000
To support the program “El Llanto de la Guitarra: Works for Voices and Guitar”

Falmouth Historical Society, $3,000
To purchase audio guides to enhance the walking tour experience for visitors

Falmouth Housing Trust, $5,000
To support the Lewis Neck Road affordable workforce housing project

Falmouth Public Schools, $2,500
To support the Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy

Falmouth Theatre Guild, $1,062
To support the purchase of low-energy-use lighting fixtures

Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools, $3,460
To support the Falmouth Pathways Program: “Engaging Students through Enrichment Opportunities”

Falmouth Water Stewards, $5,000
To support cyanobacteria monitoring in Falmouth ponds

First Congregational Church of Falmouth, $1,000
To support the steeple lighting project

Highfield Hall & Gardens, $3,000
To support organizational development and strategic planning

Marine Biological Laboratory, $2,000
To support the “Falmouth Forum” lecture series

Mass Audubon-Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, $2,000
To support the “Falmouth Schools Ecosystem Exploration Program”

Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc., $500
To support Outdoor Discoveries and Falmouth STEAM programs

Sea Education Association, $2,500
To support the “Plastics Pollution Reduction by Student Research, Outreach, and Communication: Trash Shouldn’t Splash” program

WE CAN Corporation, $2,500
To support Upper Cape expansion initiatives

Wellstrong, Inc., $3,500
To support the collaboration between Calmer Choice and Wellstrong to bring mindfulness and resilience training to people in recovery

Woods Hole Film Festival, $1,500
To support its “Film Falmouth” series and “Film and Science” initiative

Woods Hole Historical Museum, $2,500
To support the exhibit “Left Behind: Clues to Life in the Past on Cape Cod”

Anyone interested in contributing to The Falmouth Fund can contact Cape Cod Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at, or mail a check, payable to The Falmouth Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation, 261 Whites Path, Unit 2, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.

The Falmouth Fund, established in 2009, has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to more than 80 organizations pursuing important projects in education, health and human services, arts and culture, and the environment — all for the betterment of Falmouth and its citizens. The Falmouth Fund is a permanent endowment fund of The Cape Cod Foundation.

The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed $75 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989.

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