Community Impact Strategic Focus Grants

The Cape Cod Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $5,000

Next deadline: Sep 10, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Nov 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Strategic Focus Grants are requests of $5,000 or more to address strategic initiatives and long-range organizational capacity building. These particular grants seek to utilize resources in the most efficient and effective way to develop or implement long-term solutions to address documented organizational and/or community challenges.

Strategic Focus Grants will support:

  • Actions that improve nonprofit effectiveness and efficiency and/or strengthen organizational infrastructure and long-term viability;
  • Initial staff expansion for organizational growth with a clear plan for sustainability of position after funding ends ;
  • Collaborative projects or strategic partnerships to address complex, regional needs (e.g. projects that engage multiple organizations, public policy initiatives, etc.) ;
  • Expansion (e.g. geographic) or enhancement of existing programs with a proven track record of success;
    • we are particularly interested in supporting strategies to increase sustainability or self-sufficiency of existing programs (e.g. through diversification of revenue sources.

Programmatic Priorities

The Community Impact Grants Committee will make grants in the following six program areas, further defined by a vision and specific priority strategies for each area: 

Arts and Culture: A community where arts and cultural experiences are enjoyed by all.


  • Expand access to the arts
  • Provide arts and cultural education and awareness

Children, Youth and Families: A community where the needs of children, youth, and families are met. 


  • Increase access and affordability to programs and services for children and youth 
  • Expand access to resources and education for parents and caregivers
  • Increase access to affordable, high-quality childcare and early education experiences

Health and Human Services: A community where residents live healthy, active lifestyles and their social, emotional, and medical needs are addressed. 


  • Expand access to healthcare and health education
  • Provide behavioral health services-mental health and substance use (prevention, treatment and recovery)
  • Promote self-advocacy and self-sufficiency
  • Offer access to healthy, nutritional foods
  • Promote and encourage active lifestyles
  • Provide support and resources for individuals with disabilities and their caretakers

Environment: The natural beauty of Cape Cod is protected and preserved so that it may be enjoyed by many future generations.


  • Preservation, conservation, and restoration of our natural resources, particularly water and wetlands
  • Public education and outreach on environmental issues facing our region
  • Offer educational experiences for school-aged children and youth

Community and Economic Development: A community where our economy is thriving and citizens are informed and  actively engaged. 


  • Support workforce and career development and training
  • Promote civic education and civic engagement
  • Support and encourage entrepreneurship

Housing: A community where residents have permanent, safe, stable housing. 


  • Promote attainment and retention of safe, affordable housing
  • Promote financial literacy and long-term self-sufficiency
  • Address long-term, collaborative solutions to the housing crisis on Cape Cod

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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:
      • services benefit all, regardless of religion;
      • service provided is not religious in nature; and
      • 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) nonprofit organization)
    • 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)


  • The Cape Cod Foundation will generally not consider proposals to fund the following:
    • Capital Campaigns
    • Endowment Building
    • Monuments and Memorials
    • Capital Improvements