The Cape Cod Foundation has distributed its third round of grants totaling $240,000 to support five nonprofit organizations serving some of the most vulnerable members of the Cape Cod community, including individuals with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence and those experiencing food insecurity.
The foundation matched a second grant from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund from its Strategic Emergency Response Fund, created in March to address the immediate and long-term needs of the community due to the pandemic. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $820,000 from discretionary resources, individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations; to date, local nonprofit organizations have received $450,000. More grants are planned.
“We are working very closely with nonprofit organizations and other community partners and funders to strategically build and deploy resources for the greatest impact now and through the rebuilding and recovery period ahead,” said Kristin O’Malley, president and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation.
O’Malley said this round of grants will help Cape Abilities support additional hours for residential and front-line staff who provide 24/7 support to its residents and allow Community Connections to provide remote delivery of its programs and purchase personal protection equipment and other supplies needed to eventually reopen.
The Cape Cod Council of Churches received funding to meet the increased demand for food through the Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative, and YMCA Cape Cod received continued support for its five emergency childcare sites for essential workers.
Independence House also received funding to help provide short-term, safe shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
“Our community has and will continue to mobilize efforts and resources,” O’Malley said. “The recent support from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund has strengthened our efforts.”
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and nonprofit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced. For more information, visit MACovid19ReliefFund.org.
To donate to The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund, visit capecodfoundation.org. Or, mail a check, payable to The Cape Cod Strategic Emergency Response Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA 02664.
The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grant making and civic leadership. The foundation has distributed $75 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989. www.capecodfoundation.org