Cape and Islands United Way Awards $20,000 in Micro Grants to Nonprofits

Filed Under: Philanthropy

The Cape and Islands United Way has released its most recent round of micro grant funding, a total of $20,000 awarded to six initiatives:

  • Read Happy (Hyannis) – Promotes literacy by giving book and blanket packages to young parents and their children.
  • Neighborhood Falmouth (Falmouth) – Helps seniors to age in place by providing social connection and transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store and errands.
  • Cape Cod Toy Library (West Barnstable) – Curated lending library with collection of toys and books that promote learning through play experiences.
  • The Warming Place (Nantucket) – A 7-day-a-week shelter that provides dinner, breakfast, laundry services and other resources for guests.
  • Cape Abilities (Hyannis and Falmouth) – Funded program focuses on healthy changes in diet, improved cardiovascular functions and improved overall sense of wellbeing for individuals with disabilities.
  • Tommy’s Place (Centerville and Falmouth) – Magical vacation homes for kids, who are fighting cancer, and their loved ones.

A typical micro grant is about $2,500 and is available on a rolling schedule. The goals of the program are to engage residents of all ages in projects that address local concerns to improve the community landscape, and to bring attention to the value and reward of volunteerism. Volunteerism can be in the form of training or education, or as a specific volunteer project.

“The micro grant program allows us to widen our reach and support so many deserving programs and organizations,” said Jackie Barber, Community Outreach & Administration Manager, CIUW. “We wish to extend a huge thank you to the Bilezikian Family FoundationEversource Charitable Foundation and Granite City Electric who have provided generous funding for our micro grant program,” she continued.

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