Cape Youth Force Now Accepting Grant Proposals

Mini-grants for non-profits serving local teens

The Cape Youth Force, part of The Cape Cod Foundation’s Youth & Philanthropy Program, is now accepting grant proposals for 2017. The force’s committee, a group of students from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, will award a total of $1,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations that offer projects or programs that positively impact teens on Cape Cod. The application process is entirely online; proposals must be received by midnight on May 10, 2017.

The Cape Youth Force, established in 2004 by The Cape Cod Foundation and Barnstable County UMass Extension/4H, is the only program of its kind on Cape Cod.  Every year, high school students discuss issues, set priorities, review proposals and distribute grants to schools, after-school programs and organizations that work with children, youth, and families on Cape Cod. This year’s teen committee is willing to fund everything from wildlife protection to drug awareness and substance abuse prevention.  

“We hope to show students how rewarding community service is by engaging them in the grant-making process,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “We also encourage members of the community to contribute directly to the Community for Young People fund to enhance the students’ impact in the community.”

Since the program’s inception, Cape students have awarded over $34,000 to local organizations.

To apply for a grant or to make a donation to the Community Fund for Young People, visit

The Cape Youth Force was established in 2004 by The Cape Cod Foundation and Barnstable County UMass Extension/4H.  The Massachusetts Environmental Trust provided the original funding for the program which is now funded by local contributions and the Community Fund for Young People and the Fund for Youth Activities, both funds 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 nearly $60 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989. 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