2014 Community Investment Grants


In 2014, grants were funded in the following categories:

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

2014 Community Investment Grants 

Aging and Vulnerable Populations

14 Programs = $192,880


Cape Abilities – Cape Abilities Farm: “Changing Lives-Growing Futures”

Program Description: Since 2006 CapeAbilities has steadily increased employment opportunities, revenue, farm production and community engagement. Currently it employs 80 disabled individuals. In order to continue its growth they will be expanding their facility. As part of this project they will construct a new, year round facility that will act as a community agricultural center.

Grant Amount – $8,020

Cape Cod & Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross – Local Disaster Response Support

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 needs of the Red Cross during a local disaster.

Grant Amount – $6,720

Cape Cod Challenger Club, Inc. – CARE: Challenged Adults Recreation & Education 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 in the evenings and on weekends.

Grant Amount – $13,700

Cape Cod Council of Churches – 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 – $29,642

Duffy Health Center – In from the Streets: Emergency Housing Program

Program Description: Duffy’s mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness on Cape Cod through community collaborations and integrated medical, behavioral health and support services to the homeless and those at risk. Following their mission, In from the Streets is an emergency housing program that operates on behalf of the most vulnerable residents in the area, providing them temporary housing.

Grant Amount- $16,440

Dream Day on Cape Cod – Cape and Islands Dream Day Week

Program Description:Cape and Islands Family Dream Day Week 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 and expansion of this program.

Grant Amount – $5,000

Falmouth Service Center – “Production Kitchen in Action” Program 

Program Description: Using their production kitchen Falmouth Service Center provides home cooked meals to over five dozen homebound elders on a bi-monthly basis, upwards of 1,000 individuals and families and over 250 people at the twice a month Community Dinner Program. This grant will help the Falmouth Service center to continue supplying these meals by providing more microwavable containers and more ingredients for the meals.

Grant Amount – $23,720

Helping Our Women – Financial Assistance Program for Chronically Ill Outer Cape 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 than 100 low-income clients each month.

Grant Amount – $9,240

HopeHealth, Inc.- Hope Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services

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 – $20,170

Island Elderly Housing – Community Dinner Program Serving Martha’s Vineyard

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 – $5,000

Lower Cape Outreach Council – Emergency Fuel Assistance

Program Description: The Lower Cape Outreach Council provides Emergency Heating Assistance to qualified clients in the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet. The number of households turning to them for Emergency Heating Assistance has grown by nearly 100% since the end of 2007. This grant will help to provide funds for assistance to those in need.

Grant Amount- $13,970

Outer Cape Health Services – Aging in Place: A Community Commitment Serving Elders Part II

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 – $23,360

The Samaritan’s on Cape Cod and the Islands – Crisis Line Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Retention

Program Description: The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands estimate that in 2013 they answered over 25,000 calls from people in need; this is an increase of almost 100% since 2002 when they answered 12,929 calls. Since there is an increase in demand for their services they must increase their volunteer count. This grant will help them to recruit, train and retain their volunteers.

Grant Amount – $5,454

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 – $12,444


Nurturing and Protecting Children and Youth

14 programs = $195,000


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands – Creating More One-to-One Matches and Reducing Youth Substance Abuse  

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.  It will also help to conduct targeted outreach to children who are more at risk for potential substance abuse.

Grant Amount – $10,000

Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod – Project Learn: An Education, Health & Fitness 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.

Grant Amount – $35,000

Calmer Choice – Calmer Choice at Quashnet School

Program Description: During the 2013-2014 school year Calmer Choice will be bringing mindfulness training to 28 3rd-6th grade classes at the QuashnetSchool. The purpose of this project is to bring mindfulness-based, inner-resilience training techniques to students. This will help them to stay focused, make better choices, and have more compassion and empathy towards themselves and others.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Child & Family Services of Cape Cod – 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 provide therapy and support for children and their (non-offending) family members working through this extremely difficult time.

Grant Amount – $7,000

Cotuit Center for the Arts – 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 theatre and other creative outlets are among the tools employed to help participants address social, economic, emotional and developmental issues.

Grant Amount – $8,000

Dream Day on Cape Cod – Dream Day Playspace: A Hard Surface Court

Program Description: The Dream Day Playspace Project helps Dream Day to continue its work supporting children with life threatening illnesses and/or serious conditions by providing a safe and healthy environment that children of all ability can enjoy. This grant will help to fund the addition of a hard surface court to their play space, helping them to further their mission.

Grant Amount – $10,000

Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools – Engaging Students by Facilitating Community and Career Connections

Program Description: This funding will allow Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools to enhance their Career Readiness program. The early introduction of career awareness, advice, and exploration benefits students in their selection of coursework, volunteer opportunities, and after-school activities in ways that are both meaningful and relevant to their post-high school success. Working with district guidance staff, administrators, and educators, VIPS involves community partners to create a multi-year, ages/stages approach to introducing career education and community service opportunities to students.

Grant Amount – $7,000

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – Fish for Families

Program Description: The Fish for Families program provides a unique collaboration that will provide the hungry with Cape Cod seafood, an excellent source of protein. The Family Pantry will be working with the Cape Cod Fisherman’s Alliance and local fisherman to provide a year long supply of a variety of Cape Cod seafood to the pantry.

Grant Amount- $23,000

Gosnold – School Based Early Intervention & Prevention Program

Program Description: This program will focus on a School Based Early Intervention and Prevention Program across school districts on Cape Cod. The unique aspect of this program is in the innovative four phased approach. It starts slowly by impacting individuals and grows into a model for community level change. The program will start in the school with troubled students, move to a broader school population, extend out to the family and finally to the community.

Grant Amount- $30,000

Health Imperatives – Cape Cod Adolescent Parenting Program

Program Description: For more than 30 years Health Imperatives Cape Cod Adolescent Parenting Programs have provided home visiting services, support, and education for young parents, infants, and toddlers on the Cape and Islands. These services are offered to young parents (under age 24) during their pregnancies and through their child’s first three years of life.

Grant Amount- $10,000

Housing Assistance Corporation – Angel House Shelter ARC Program

Program Description: Angel House is a model family residentialtreatment program for homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their families. The ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency) Program is designed to target the specific need of children who have to deal with the dual traumas of homelessness and mothers with substance abuse problems.

Grant Amount – $18,000

Katelynn’s Closet – Clothing Cape Kids

Program Description: Katelynn’s Closet distributes new and gently used clothing packages to children in need ages 4-18 on the Cape and Islands. They provide this service based on the recommendations of social service agencies, foster parents, and school nurses who help to identify the children in need.

Grant Amount: $2,000

Lower Cape Outreach Council – Food for Children and Youth  

Program Description: This grant will partially fund the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s Emergency Food Program, which provides food to qualified Lower Cape residents, approximately 1,000 are children.

Grant Amount – $15,000

Yarmouth Food Pantry – “Project Protein”: Offering Meat in the Meal-of-the-Month Bags

Program Description: The Yarmouth Food Pantry provides 2,500 unduplicated individuals with their services. This grant will help to purchase meat to be included in their Meal-of-the-Month Bags in order to provide their clients with valuable protein.

Grant Amount: $15,000


Sustaining and Supporting Families

13 programs = $212,120


Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod – Life-skills Mentoring Program

Program Description: With our support, Life Skills Mentoring Program, will continue to be integrated throughout all of Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod’s 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 – $15,000

Cape Cod Child Development – Fatherhood Engagement Specialist

Program Description: This grant will partially fund a position for a Fatherhood Engagement Specialist to serve all of Cape Cod Child Development’s Programs and will help to strengthen how they engage their fathers and more fully support them in being a part of the life of their child.

Grant Amount – $ 10,000

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 – Pediatric Counseling Program

Program Description: The CommunityHealthCenter on Cape Cod is continuing its efforts to increase mental health services for children by hiring a pediatric counselor.

Grant Amount – $10,000

Homeless Prevention Council – Shallow Subsidies for Lower Cape Residents

Program Description: This program will help to support shallow subsidies, defined as short-term assistance based upon need, to families who are not considered low-income by the government, yet struggle financially. This assistance will help with housing needs so that the money saved by the families can be used to better their earning potential by being put towards ongoing medical conditions, substance abuse recovery, furthering education and other critical needs.

Grant Amount: $18,000

Housing Assistance Corporation – Project Prevention

Program Description: Project Prevention addresses both the long and short term needs of residents of Cape Cod who are at-risk of becoming homeless. The goal of this program is to prevent re-entry into the shelters.

Grant Amount: $17,120

Independence House – Families Empowered

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 – $25,000

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.

Grant Amount – $19,000

Nantucket Interfaith Council ­– NIFC Outreach Programs: Nantucket Food Pantry and Nantucket Rental Assistance Program

Program Description: The Nantucket Food Pantry provides food to individuals who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. This grant will support the transportation of the food from the Greater Boston Food Bank to the Pantry on Cape Cod.  The grant will also support the Nantucket Rental Assistance Program that NRAP prevents both homelessness and substandard living conditions by assisting lower income Nantucket families with first and/or last month’s rent, a short term monthly subsidy, or payment of back rent to avoid eviction and homelessness.

Grant Amount – $20,000

St. Vincent DePaul Society ­– Mortgage/Rent Payment Assistance

Program Description: The Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program is designed to help individuals and families struggling to meet their rent or mortgage payments.

Grant Amount- $5,000

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – Food Program  

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 – $20,000

WE CAN – Sustaining Families through Legal Services, Mentoring and Work Support Services

Program Description: This grant will support legal services, the PathMakers Mentoring Program and work support services. 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 program is in response to the increasing number of women seeking work that can sustain their families.

Grant Amount – $18,000

YMCA of Cape Cod  – Vacation Meals Program

Program Description: The grant will help the YMCA to provide breakfast and lunch to needy children during all four school vacation weeks. These meals are delivered right to the child’s home and are a great way for children to stay healthy during their school breaks.

Grant Amount – $10,000