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    COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS

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    COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS 2017-08-21T21:11:39+00:00

    In a thriving city such as Cambridge, homelessness and hunger remain realities for far too many people. The Cambridge Community Foundation supports nonprofits that address these and other needs as well as opportunities across the breadth of community life. These investments are supported by contributions to the Cambridge Endowment — our Community Fund.

    The Cambridge Endowment is a pool of funds contributed by donors over the Foundation’s 100 year history.  Income from these funds is pooled to make grants that ensure a vibrant, thriving and inclusive Cambridge where everyone can enjoy opportunity and a good quality of life.

    Community Fund Grants are:
    • Competitive one year grants
    • Awarded as Small grants of up to $5,000 or Large grants of above $5,000
    • Broad in scope to support attention to needs and leveraging opportunities for Cambridge and its residents:
      • Span the breadth of relevant issue areas
      • Can be used for:
        • focused programs/projects
        • launching creative initiatives
        • building organizational capacity
        • general operations
      • Foundation grantmaking does not typically fund one-time events, conferences, equipment, or capital improvements.
    • Available to eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or entities operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit, that serve the people of Cambridge.  Individuals are not eligible.
    • Nonprofit organizations may apply for one Community Fund grant each year —a Community Fund SMALL Grant OR a Community Fund LARGE Grant.

    Community Fund Small Grants

    • Open, responsive, competitive grants with light application requirements
    • Requests: up to $5,000
    • Deadline: October 1 or February 15
    • Awards announced:
      • Fall grant announcement after the November board meeting
      • Spring grant announcement after the March board meeting
    • Application Requirements:
      • Online Proposal Summary Sheet
      • IRS determination letter or proof of fiscal sponsorship
      • Most recent audit
      • If received grant in prior year, include final report
    • Proposal Guidelines for Community Fund Small Grants can be found here.

    Community Fund Large Grants

    • Open, responsive, competitive grants with a multifaceted application process
    • Requests: Above $5,000
    • Deadline: October 1 or February 15
    • Awards announced:
      • Fall grant announcement after the November board meeting
      • Spring grant announcement after the March board meeting
    • Application Requirements:
      • Online Proposal Summary Sheet
      • IRS determination letter
      • Most recent audit
      • A final report of project activities and accomplishments – ONLY for those projects receiving a CCF grant of support in the prior year.
      • A statement of your agency goals
      • Proposal Summary which includes a succinct description of your proposed project – evidence of the need or opportunity it will address; project goals, activities, and expected outcomes, including who will benefit from the project and how will you know if it is successful
      • A project budget for which funds are being requested
      • An agency budget for the current year
      • A list of the organization’s current Board of Directors
      • A list of other prospective funding sources
      • Proposal Guidelines for Community Fund Large Grants can be found here.