Cape Cod Foundation announces 2010 Strategic Focus Grants

$60,000 awarded in Strategic Focus and General Grant

The Cape Cod Foundation awarded five Strategic Focus grants, totaling $30,000, in 2010. Strategic Focus grants support the sustainability and long-term planning of local organizations that are addressing homelessness, hunger, and other critical needs. Strategic Focus grants are made through discretionary funds at the Cape Cod Foundation and have a deadline each year of Oct.1.

For 2010, the foundation received 35 Strategic Focus applications, said Elizabeth Gawron, president. “With so many requests, our volunteer Grants Committee had a difficult decision,” Gawron said. “At the same time, we’re pleased to be supporting such important efforts, including ongoing work around issues presented in Understanding Cape Cod.”

The following five Strategic Focus grants were made in 2010:

  • Cape Cod Council of Churches, $7,500 to support the hiring of an additional licensed mental health counselor to facilitate critical assessments and provide ongoing evaluations to meet housing needs, placement, and retention for post-release, formerly incarcerated women in the Bridge to Hope program.
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc., $7,500 to develop a pilot program that recruits, screens, and provides educational and career assessment for homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless, young adults and enrolls them in a career readiness program at the Pilot House Shelter.
  • Falmouth Service Center, $5,000 to support  the engagement of an architectural firm whose charge will be to develop a space utilization study that will address key priorities outlined in the organization’s 2010 strategic plan.
  • Silent Spring Institute, $5,000 to test the estrogenic activity of private drinking water wells and septic systems on Cape Cod and to provide valuable information about emerging contaminants in the Cape Cod aquifer to stakeholders and members of the community.
  • WE CAN Corporation, $5,000 to build internal capacity through additional staff support, thus allowing the organization to increase their ability to run programs and build the funding base for long-term viability.

The Foundation also awarded almost $30,000 through 20 General Grants, which support a wide range of needs on Cape Cod. Applications for General Grants, which are requests of less than $5,000, are accepted throughout the year. All 2010 General Grants are listed below and also can be found on the Cape Cod Foundation’s website,

2010 General Grants

  • AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, $2,500 to support renovations of the Provincetown kitchen, serving 11,000 congregate meals annually.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, $1,000 to support the Counselor In Training program and the Teen Junior Staff program.
  • Cape Cod Literacy Council, $1,400 to support adult literacy programs.
  • Cape & Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance (CIGSYA), $2,000 to support the parts and associated fees with purchasing a bus for organization members and other local youth to expand their access to development and leadership opportunities.
  • Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, $2,000 to support a public awareness campaign to increase awareness of the issue of suicide and suicide prevention.
  • Community Connections, Inc., $1,000 to support the purchase of a Hydraulic Lift Mat Platform Table.
  • Community Development Partnership, $1,000 to support an organizational strategic planning process.
  • Forsyth Institute, $1,000 to support the continued delivery of cost-effective, high quality oral health prevention and dental care to at-risk children in Barnstable County.
  • Helping Our Women, $2,000 to help provide financial assistance to low-income clients who are living with chronic, life threatening, and disabling conditions.
  • Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc., $3,000 to support community fees for clients.
  • Homeless Prevention Council, $2,500 to support the Child Enrichment Program, which provides school supplies, winter clothing, and Christmas gifts to children of clients who are low-income and at-risk of losing their housing.
  • Homeless Prevention Council, $900 to assist with immediate client needs.
  • Jr. Tech, Inc., $1,000 to support the development of five science, technology, engineering, and math workshops for students in grades 4-12.
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council, $900 to assist with immediate client needs.
  • Outer Cape Health Services, $750 for direct client services.
  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, $1,800 to support the development of a water quality monitoring curriculum for students in grades 5-6.
  • Sight Loss Services, Inc., $2,000 to support the purchase of a Simple Labeling System for client use.
  • Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, $500 to support the purchase of a computer and back-up system.
  • Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, $1,500 to support the summer 2010 internship program.
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, $1,200 to support the Compass Adult Day Program.

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 almost $40 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989. For more information on the foundation or the foundation’s grant program, or to view Understanding Cape Cod, visit or call 508 790-3040.

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