FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS2017-11-30T00:54:17+00:00
What do you fund?2017-11-30T00:54:59+00:00

Cambridge Community Foundation funding is available for existing programs, new programs, or for building the organization’s capacity and infrastructure.

What is the difference between a Community Fund Small Grant and a Community Fund Large Grant?2017-11-30T00:54:59+00:00

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.

When is the deadline for Community Fund Small Grant proposals and Community Fund Large Grants proposals?2019-08-07T17:28:34+00:00

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.  

Can we submit applications for both small and large grants?2017-11-30T00:54:59+00:00

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

Are the Americo J. Francisco Charity Fund, Americo J. Francisco Elders Fund, and Sheila Gamble Fund included with the Community Fund?2020-08-14T23:53:05+00:00

Yes.  Only one application is necessary to be considered for these multiple funds.

Who is eligible to receive general operating support?2017-11-30T00:54:58+00:00

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.

Can we apply for general operating support indefinitely?2017-11-30T00:54:58+00:00

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.

What if your group does not have IRS designated 501(c)(3) status?2017-11-30T00:54:58+00:00

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.

If our organization serves Cambridge as well as surrounding communities, can we apply for funding to support services for Cambridge residents?2017-11-30T00:54:55+00:00

Yes, your organization can serve many communities, but supported programs must serve Cambridge residents.

If our organization is too small for an audit can we still apply for funding?2017-11-30T00:54:58+00:00

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).

What is the process of getting funded through an initiative?2020-02-18T22:17:51+00:00

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.

Do you award multi-year grants?2017-11-30T00:54:58+00:00

No. All grants through the Community Fund are one year grants only.

What are your reporting requirements?2017-11-30T00:54:54+00:00

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.