The Cambridge Community Foundation’s Large Grants are open to applications for support in responding to community needs and opportunities. Awards of more than $5,000 are made on a competitive basis, via a set of more extensive application requirements.
- Deadline: October 1 or February 15 — by 5:00 PM. If the deadline falls on a weekend/holiday, applications are due by 5:00PM on the following business day.
- Eligibility: Only tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations with a program serving the people of Cambridge, MA. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or fund capital projects. Agencies may receive general operating support grants for three (3) years in a row and then must take a break so that we may serve the breadth of agencies. Note, the 3-year rule for general operating support grants started as of FY17 (July 2016 – ).
1. Online Proposal Summary Sheet
2. IRS determination letter
3. Most recent audit
4. If received grant in prior year, include year-end report
5. A statement of agency goals including organization’s track record and impact (please limit to 1 page)
6. Summary of the specific project for which funds are being requested (please limit to 5 pages)
- Project description
- Evidence of need or opportunity (include research basis or best practices)
- Goals, activities, expected outcomes
- Who will benefit and how (provide input or feedback from community/clients)
- How will you measure the program’s success?
7. A project budget for which funds are being requested
8. An agency budget for the current year
9. A list of the organization’s current Board of Directors
10. A list of other prospective funding sources
How to submit materials:
- Requirement #1: The Proposal Summary Sheet should be submitted online
- Requirements #2 – #10: Email to email@example.com
Community Fund grants are competitive and selection is based on the following criteria:
Strength of the Proposed Project or Investment
- Addresses a demonstrated community or organizational need or opportunity
- Likelihood of success and impact on the community
Applicant(s) Organizational Capacity
- Leadership of organization and project
- Systems delivery / financial health
Proposals are reviewed by staff and the Foundation’s Distribution Committee and put forward as recommendations to the Foundation Board for approval.
Expectations of Grantees
- Grant year-end report that shares progress, lessons and constituent stories and images (if applicable)
- Maintenance of organization’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) status
- Participation in feedback surveys
- Meetings with Cambridge Community Foundation and other supporters, as requested
- Referencing Cambridge Community Foundation support in media advisories, press releases, public events, and social media.