Support for Capacity Building Initiatives
The Cape Cod Foundation was founded in 1989 with the mission to improve community life on Cape Cod through philanthropy and grantmaking. One of the ways this mission is accomplished is by developing permanent and flexible endowment funds to help nonprofit organizations respond to the existing and emerging needs of the Cape. Therefore, the Foundation’s grantmaking program is broad; grants may be made in the areas of Arts and Culture; Children, Youth and Families; Health and Human Services; Environment; Community and Economic Development; and Housing. All projects must serve the residents of Barnstable County.
Please refer to full Community Impact grantmaking guidelines on The Cape Cod Foundation's website for complete information.
General Grants are grants of less than $5,000 that are made to address emerging opportunities, launch creative initiatives, and to cover costs of small, one-time projects.
GENERAL GRANTS WILL SUPPORT THINGS SUCH AS*
•Existing programs with a proven track record of success that strengthen or enhance the program
•Pilot projects and idea testing
•Program planning and development
•Organizational development/planning, technical assistance (e.g. board/staff retreats, strategic planning projects)
•Needs assessments and feasibility studies (e.g. capital campaign feasibility studies, market research)
•Events and one-time programs with specific community outcomes (e.g. educational/outreach program, symposia, and conferences)
•Small equipment to support key programs
•Communication and outreach projects (e.g. public awareness or volunteer recruitment campaigns)
THE CAPE COD FOUNDATION WILL GENERALLY NOT CONSIDER PROPOSALS TO FUND THE FOLLOWING:
•Monuments and Memorials
TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY APPLY:
•501(c)(3) public charities OR organizations serving a charitable purpose that are applying with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity
•Faith-based organizations; however, proposals will only be considered if: (1) services benefit all, regardless of religion; (2) service provided is not religious in nature; and (3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service
•Civic organizations (proposals must be project-based and of a charitable nature, and the organization must have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity)
•Public and private schools, for projects that exceed the school’s budget funding (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that school)
•Other government agencies with project-based proposals (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that agency)
FACTORS CONSIDERED WHEN REVIEWING PROPOSALS:
•Clear objectives relating to mission
•Evidence of experience
•Thoughtful, practical workplan
•Community need or opportunity
•Feasibility and capacity to complete the project
•Sustainability plan (if applicable)
•Ability to leverage resources
•Plan to measure impact
*If you are requesting funds for a consultant, please demonstrate evidence of due diligence. It will strengthen your application if you identify multiple bids and what specific services you will receive for the cost.
TIP: You may prefer to answer questions first in a word processing document and paste them into the SmarterSelect fields. This method provides you with an offline, backup record. Avoid using special formatting or tables; the program may not accommodate them. Please also note word limits.
Applications for General Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. The Grants Committee will meet periodically as demand dictates, at least once per quarter. In general, decisions regarding General Grants will be made 6-8 weeks after submission.
Once you submit your application, you will NOT be able to make any more changes.
An important note on the deadline: this program accepts proposals on a rolling basis so there is no deadline. However, the online form requires it which is why it appears in the application.
The Cape Cod Foundation will not serve as a fiscal sponsor for any Cape Cod Foundation Community Impact grant requests.