Cape Cod Foundations Spring Grant Distribution

More than $22,000 in grants to 22 Cape-wide non-profits

YARMOUTH â?? The Cape Cod Foundation has awarded more than $22,000 in grants to 22 Cape wide non-profit organizations supporting a variety of services including health care, education and housing.

The grants including a $1000 award to The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod to support a nutrition program that provides meals including home delivered meals, monthly food baskets and emergency food baskets to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS on Cape Cod and Marthaâ??s Vineyard.

A new computer and software will be purchased with the $1,078 grant to the Penikese Island School to support aftercare and transitional services for the residential school for troubled teenaged boys.

A $1,250 to Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod will sponsor a room in the Newsletter House Challenge in Chatham.

The 19 other grants were distributed to the following organizations:

Upper Cape

Falmouth Service Center
$1,500 to develop five traveling outreach stations to be located in areas seniors visit, and/or to be utilized by agency outreach workers visiting seniors. The goal of the mini stations is to familiarize seniors with the community food programs and demystify access to food and support.

Cape Cod Free Clinic & Community Health Center
$1,200 to purchase one pediatric vital signs monitor in support of the Health Center's introduction of pediatric and adolescent care to its existing services.

Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, Inc.
$1,000 to increase outreach and impact to the teen population of Cape Cod, particularly in the Upper Cape, by providing a program that is designed for their specific needs and in a space that is dedicated to that age group alone.

WGBH--Cape and Islands NPR Station
$750 to support "Taking Care", a series of broadcast features that profile social services agencies throughout the Cape and the individuals they serve, and "Hidden Voices," a short format PSA for regional social service organizations.

Dare to be Alive Foundation
$500 to provide a summer campership opportunities, at Camp Lyndon, to a Cape Cod child who has undergone a life saving organ transplant.

Thornton W. Burgess Society
$500 for Critter Capers and Burgess Animal Story Times, two of the Society's most popular national history/wildlife educational programs (offered at no cost or reduced cost to children and families). Reduction in federal funding may mean these programs will be cut, or attendees will be charged full price.

Mid Cape and Cape Wide

Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc.
$1,500 to replace 25 bed frames and mattresses for the resident units of the Safe Harbor shelter.

Cape Cod Children's Place, Inc.
$1,000 to support Phase 2 of the Open Our Circles: Connecting Cultures and Communities project, a Capewide outreach initiative designed to promote cultural connections within each community for students and staff in after school programs.

Cape Cod Council of Churches, Inc.
$1,000 to purchase and distribute critically needed diapers and diaper wipes for children between the ages of birth and three years old whose parents are low income and struggling to keep their babies safe and healthy.

Cape Cod Council of Churches, Inc.
$1,000 to establish the Grace Housing Fund which will provide for each client, upon release from the County Correction Facility, up to one month of housing costs to prevent homelessness.

Community Connections, Inc.
$1,000 to purchase physical therapy equipment to serve clients attending the agency's center for people with disabilities in South Yarmouth.

Family Pantry Corp
$1,000 to purchase nutritious food at a low cost to be distributed at no cost to those in need.

Marstons Mills Public Library, Inc.
$1,000 to support the collaborative portion of the 2006 Collaborative Summer Reading Program for children and young adults. Funds will be used to offset costs of hiring educational performers, planning and implementing workshops, purchasing craft supplies, and promoting activities.

We Can Corporation
$1,000 to support the Pathmakers Program, which provides monthly training, support meetings, and mentors, and helps identify and set 12-month goals for 20 low income, divorced or underemployed women from Cape Cod who are returning to school.

Lower Cape

Interfaith Council for the Homeless
$1,500 to provide backpacks and school-required supplies for the children of clients living on the Lower Cape.

Cape Cod Stranding Network
$1,000 to support mass stranding response, rescue, release and research, during this time of historically high strandings.

Helping Our Women, Inc.
$1,000 for direct services program, which includes the financial assistance program, transportation to medical appointments, and two weekly support groups for women with chronic life threatening and disabling conditions who reside in the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

Town of Wellfleet/ Natural Resources Adv. Board
$300 for a challenge grant to organize the 4th annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference on November 4, 2006. The aim of the conference is to educate citizens about the research occurring in the Harbor in order to aid them to be effective stewards of the Town's natural resources.

Outer Cape Health Services, Inc.
$1,000 to fund transportation costs for patients of the HIV/AIDS program, particularly for those who are referred outside of OCHS for specialty care.

For more information about grant making procedures and funding guidelines, visit The Cape Cod Foundation website, or call toll free, 800-947-2322. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on