We thank those who have applied for a 2014 Community Investment Grant. Our Board Of Directors will be making final decisions at the end of January 2014. We thank you for your patience.  


Our 2014 funding priorities are:

Nurturing and Protecting Children and Youth
Supporting and Sustaining Families
Supporting Againg and Vulnerable Populations

The Cape and Islands United Way is currently funding the programs listed below as part of our 2013 Community Investment Grants. 

Total 2013 Community Investment: $600,000
Total Human Services Programs Funded:  35

Aging and Vulnerable Populations
17 Programs= $247,000

 American Red Cross Cape Cod & Islands Chapter – Volunteer capacity building

Program Description: Local disaster relief such as house fires, floods, and accidents support is one of the most important services provided by the Cape Cod & Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross.  This grant will support the recruitment and training of 40 new disaster response volunteers and provide supplies for the emergency response vehicles.  Grant Amount – $5,000

 Barnstable County Public Health Nurse Division – Public health nurse program

Program Description: This funding will support a program providing health screening, health information and education and vaccine clinics at local food pantries once or twice a month.  The food pantry is a more relaxed environment where the nurse can engage those who may not otherwise seek medical care. Grant Amount – $7,000

 Cape Cod Council of Churches – Sustain homeless ministries

Program Description: The Cape Cod Council of Churches will utilize Cape & Islands United Way funding to sustain the Homeless Ministries program for residents of Cape Cod and the Islands. Grant Amount – $45,000

 Cape Head Injured Persons’ Housing & Education Group, Inc. – Maintain activity and quality of life programs

Program Description: This grant will enable CHIPS to continue providing much needed resident activities and quality of life programs, both on-site and in the community. Grant Amount – $10,000

 Dream Day on Cape Cod – Support of Family Dream Days

Program Description: Cape and Islands Family Dream Days is a day camp program for local families who have a child with a serious illness or life-threatening condition.   Dream Day strives to provide the space and place for this vulnerable population to reconnect away from the stresses and strains of their daily lives. This grant will support the continuation of this program with a new, half-day option for those who cannot tolerate a full day’s activities. Grant Amount – $5,000

Falmouth Service Center – Production Kitchen in Action

Program Description: This funding will provide commercial-sized equipment and food items not provided by the Greater Boston Food Bank to enhance the Service Center’s food distribution, enabling them to develop nutrition workshops and to prepare five times the number of meals previously produced. Grant Amount – $29,584

 Gosnold, Inc. – Program addressing opiate abuse among young adults aged 20-29

Program Description: Opiate abuse among young adults locally has grown at an alarming rate.  With our support, this innovative program will augment traditional psycho-social approaches with medication-assisted treatment, care management and concurrent recovery monitoring, technology-assisted recovery management, recovery coaching, drug testing and family support and intervention.  Grant Amount – $25,000

 Helping Our Women – Assistance program for health and wellness related expenses for chronically ill women

Program Description:  Helping Our Women provides services to women who have been diagnosed with chronic, life threatening, or disabling illnesses from Eastham to Provincetown. Core programs include transportation to medical appointments, support groups for women with cancer and other types of chronic illness and a financial assistance program.  This grant will support the Financial Assistance Program which provides monthly assistance for health and wellness-related expenses for more than100 low-income clients each month.  Grant Amount – $12,000

 Hope Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, Inc. – Support services to patients and their caregivers

Program Description: The majority of services provided by Hope Dementia are free of charge.  This funding will allow this newly combined organization to expand one of its most successful programs which provides simultaneous support groups for the individual with the disease and for their caregivers.  Grant Amount – $21,000

 Housing Assistance Corporation – Sustain the emergency services provided for homeless adults by The NOAH Shelter (No Other Available Housing)

Program Description:  NOAH provides an evening meal, a bed, blankets, access to shower facilities and breakfast for anyone in need of shelter on an emergency, nightly basis.  This grant will allow NOAH to continue to provide these critical services. Grant Amount – $35,000

 Island Elderly Housing – Continue community dinner program

Program Description: Island Elderly Housing (IEH) provides the only subsidized housing for qualified, very low income elderly residents on Martha’s Vineyard. This grant will allow IEH to continue the Community Meals Program, which provides a weekly low-cost congregate meal that offers nutrition and socialization. Grant Amount – $3,570

 Lower Cape Outreach Council – Provide emergency food assistance

Program Description: This grant will partially fund the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s Emergency Food Program, which provides food, clothing, and financial assistance to qualified Lower Cape residents.  Grant Amount – $15,000

Outer Cape Health Services – Support Aging in Place program for seniors

Program Description: This innovative and timely program will expand services and access to in-home care for a growing population in our community who are urgently in need.  This grant will partially fund a care coordinator to work within the eight town region collaborating with other local agencies to provide the services necessary for elderly patients residing at home and those transitioning back home after a hospital or rehabilitation facility visit.  Grant Amount – $18,096

 Sight Loss Services – Expand home independence program

Program Description: This grant will allow Sight Loss Services to expand their Home Independence Services program to include home sanitary kitchen and bathroom cleaning.   Grant Amount – $750

 Soup Kitchen in Provincetown – Purchase dishwasher safe dishes and silverware for meal program

Program Description: This grant will fund the purchase of dishwasher safe dishes and silverware for the hot lunch program provided during the high unemployment winter months in Provincetown.  This purchase, along with their recent acquisition of a commercial dishwasher, will improve the food safety and their ability to serve their growing number of guests. Grant Amount – $2,000

 The Samaritan’s on Cape Cod and the Islands – Provide elder suicide prevention training and senior outreach

Program Description:  Barnstable County’s suicide rate for the 60-69 year old age group  is significantly higher than that for Massachusetts overall.  This program will provide the support older adults require in a way that affords respect, dignity and personal validation and addresses their quality of life.  The grant will provide elder suicide prevention training for the community as well as an expansion of the senior outreach program.  Grant Amount – $3,000

Vineyard Health Care Access Program – Prescription medication assistance

Program Description: The Prescription Medication Assistance Program provides insurance counseling, enrollment services, and emergency financial assistance for prescription medications for vulnerable, medically underserved residents of Martha’s Vineyard, including the elderly and disabled.  Grant Amount – $10,000

 Nurturing and Protecting Children and Youth
10 programs =$180,000

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands – Expansion of one-to-one match relationships

Program Description: This grant will support and expand the opportunity for more one-to-one match relationships for local youth.  Independent research has proven that children with Big Brothers and Big Sisters are more likely to finish school, avoid risky behavior, and become positive contributors to their communities.  Grant Amount – $30,000

 Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod – Support vital after school program

Program Description: The Education Program is run in two locations and includes fitness, nutrition and health components to battle childhood obesity; daily homework help and individual tutoring; job skills for teens; drug and alcohol prevention programs and other educational units to help children and teens understand the connection between school and work.  Our grant will continue our support of this initiative. Grant Amount – $30,000

 Cape Cod Challenger Club, Inc. – Fund innovative, nationally modeled program  

Program Description: This grant will partially fund a new and innovative program to address the young adult and adult special needs population by modeling the CARE program used across the country.  The program will offer educational, job skills training, recreational and social programs evenings and on weekends.  Grant Amount – $15,000

 Child & Family Services of Cape Cod – Continue support of Cape Net program Program Description: Children who have been abused struggle with overwhelming feelings of fear, flashbacks, eating disorders, sleep disturbances, nightmares, and emotional withdrawal. This grant will continue our support of the Cape Net program, which provides therapy and support for children and their (non-offending) family members working through this extremely difficult time.  Grant Amount – $10,000

 Cotuit Center for the Arts – Support Community Outreach Program

Program Description:  Our support of this program brings the benefit of arts education to underserved members of the community.  Art journals, book binding techniques, collages and other creative outlets are among the tools employed to help participants address social, economic, emotional and developmental issues.  Grant Amount – $5,000

Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools – Enhance school-based mentoring and after school support program

Program Description: This funding will allow Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools to enhance their Girls Circle program through additional training for volunteers and mentors and supplies for the participants, and professional development workshops for facilitators, mentors and high school mentees.  Grant Amount – $5,000

Housing Assistance Corporation – Angel House Shelter – Facilitate staff training and expansion of therapeutic play space

Program Description: Angel House is a model family residentialtreatment program for homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their families.  Many of these children are afflicted with post-natal trauma.   This grant will provide matching funds for ground breaking trauma-informed staff training working with a renowned expert in the care of these children and their caregivers.  Grant Amount – $20,000

 Nantucket Interfaith Council/Nantucket Food Pantry – Food pantry

Program Description: The Nantucket Food Pantry provides food to individuals who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.  Perishable and non-perishables items are provided based on family size with access once per week twelve times per year.  This grant will support the increase in demand and help provide the food source “net” for year-round Nantucket families with children. Grant Amount – $20,000

Outer Cape Health Services – Expand teen clinic health and mental health services

Program Description:  Operating at the OCHS WellfleetHealth Center, the teen clinic provides confidential health education, counseling and medical treatment to adolescents and young adults. This grant will facilitate the hiring of additional professional staff and other resources to expand the program. Grant Amount – $20,000

 YMCA Cape Cod – Continue support of high flight pre-teen social intervention

Program Description: High Flight is a delinquency prevention and intervention program for teens with a focus on both adventure-based counseling and group activities for at-risk youth. This grant will continue our support of this afterschool program which provides a forum for these youth to learn more about themselves and relationships within a group, and provides an opportunity to develop behavior management and conflict resolution skills to achieve success.  Grant Amount – $25,000


Sustaining and Supporting Families – 8 programs = 173,000

 Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod – Life-skills program for children and families

Program Description: With our support, a new program, Life Skills, will be integrated throughout all of their existing program areas to help children develop basic life skills including goal setting, study skills, teamwork, ethics, civics, manners, character, substance abuse prevention and home skills to assist families in their struggle to live and work on Cape Cod. Grant Amount – $17,000

Cape Cod Child Development – First-aid/CPR and emergency preparedness

Program Description: This grant will partially fund a series of educational training classes on CPR certification, first-aid and emergency preparedness for their pre-school/Head Start families and CPR certification for family childcare providers who care for infants and toddlers in their home. Grant Amount – $ 12,000

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund – Basic needs safety net program

Program Description: This grant will continue our support of basic needs assistance for the most vulnerable members of our community. The Needy Fund offers financial assistance for: food, rent, mortgage payments, utility and heating bills, medical costs, and other basic expenses for those experiencing temporary financial hardships.   Grant Amount – $25,000

Community Health Center on Cape Cod – Expand adolescent health program

Program Description: CCHC seeks to further their commitment to teens and young adults with the creation of a multi-disciplinary team to provide education, counseling and support to the youth community, parents and young people who are struggling with adolescence and the transition to adulthood. This grant will partially fund the hiring of a pediatrician specializing in the issues facing these children and their families. Grant Amount – $15,000

 Independence House – Family stabilization initiative

Program Description: The Community Based Housing Stabilization Program supports victims of domestic violence who face increased risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of affordable housing, and unemployment. This grant will provide matching funds to continue our support of this program which addresses the intersection between domestic violence, economic self-sufficiency, and access to housing.  Grant Amount – $40,000

Lower Cape Outreach Council – Emergency mortgage, rent and shelter program

Program Description: Keeping a family in their home–whether rented or mortgaged– is significantly less expensive than sheltering and relocating a family after eviction.  This grant will, in part, fund the emergency financial assistance that many families need to avoid eviction or foreclosure.  Through August of 2012, the year-over-year demand had already increased 36%. Grant Amount – $15,000

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – Food pantry 

Program Description: The Family Pantry’s main priority is to provide food for those in need. This grant will continue our ability to nearly provide 23 local families with three bags of food every three weeks for one year. Grant Amount – $27,000

 WE CAN – Legal, mentoring and work support services

Program Description: This grant will support legal services, the PathMakers Mentoring Program and a new work support Boot Camp. The legal services consist of 30 minute consultations in areas such as family law, landlord/tenant issues, employment questions, wills, and bankruptcy.  PathMakers is a 10-month program that matches women seeking support in any area of their life to women who can offer them guidance, and the work support Boot Camp is a new program in response to the increasing number of women seeking work that can sustain their families.

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