Cambridge Community Foundation funding is available for existing programs, new programs, or for building the organization’s capacity and infrastructure.
A Community Fund SMALL Grant includes awards of up to (and including) $5,000. The application process for SMALL Grants are relatively short.
A Community Fund LARGE Grant includes awards above $5,000. The application process has more steps than for Community Fund Small Grants.
The deadline for the fall cycle is October 1 (by 5:00PM). In the event that deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals are due by 5:00PM the next business day. The deadline for the spring cycle is February 1 (by 5:00PM). In the event that deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals are due by 5:00PM the next business day.
No. An organization may submit only one application to the Community Fund — A Community Fund Small Grant OR Community Fund Large Grant- in a 12 month period
Yes. Only one application is necessary to be considered for these multiple funds.
General Operating Support grants are available to organizations with proven track records or for proposals that demonstrate clear and measurable outcomes and impact. We call these grants ‘negotiated’ general operating support grants, which allow you the flexibility to use funds at your discretion, while we assess your success based on established outcomes.
No. Starting in Fiscal Year 2017, an organization may receive a grant for operating support for up to 3 years in a row and after that the organization will need to take a break so it builds other funding sources.
Applicants who are not 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for funding if they operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit, that serves the people of Cambridge. The application must provide evidence of fiscal sponsorship.
Yes, your organization can serve many communities, but supported programs must serve Cambridge residents.
Applicants with budgets over $500,000 are required to submit an audit. Organization’s whose budgets are under $500,000 may submit a financial statement that is either reviewed or audited by an independent certified public accountant (CPA).
Organizations cannot directly apply for funding for initiative areas. Instead, grants are made by invitation only. However, if you think your program is perfectly aligned with the goals of one of the initiatives, you may send us a letter of interest and then your organization may be invited to apply.
No. All grants through the Community Fund are one year grants only.
We expect a grant report a year from the award date. We do not require a specific format at this time, but would like you to report on the use of the funds in relation to the outcomes you stated in your proposal. Year-end reports should share progress, lessons, and constituent stories, if possible.
A year-end grant report must be received before further funding will be considered. If an organization received a grant in the prior year, it should include a report of that previous year’s funding with the next application.