Cambridge is a world-class center for innovation and education, yet challenges like homelessness and hunger remain realities for far too many people. The Cambridge Community Foundation supports nonprofits that address these challenges and other needs as well as foster opportunities across the community. These investments are supported by contributions to the Cambridge Endowment — our Community Fund.

The Cambridge Endowment is a pool of funds built by donors over a century. 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.


February 15 is the deadline, but since this falls on President’s Day this year, the deadline is moved to 5:00PM the following day. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

by 5:00PM

Click here to apply.

Community Fund Grants Process

CCF Community Fund Spring Cycle

Recognizing our community is still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic and our nonprofits are struggling to find ways to best serve their communities, the Cambridge Community Foundation altered its grants process. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to February 15, 2021. The application includes a focus on the needs and challenges our nonprofit partners are facing given COVID-19.

  • We want to know how our nonprofit partners are coping with the crisis, what services they are able to provide in these unprecedented times, and what challenges they foresee for the future.
  • We require a report on the use of the funds at the end of the grant year — the outcomes can be organizational or programmatic.
  • Nonprofits are permitted to apply for a CCF Community Fund grant once per year. If a nonprofit applied for a Community Fund grant in the fall cycle then it is not eligible to apply this spring.

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.