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The Cambridge Community Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that address local challenges and foster opportunities across the community. Investments in education and out of school time, economic security and opportunity, early childhood, racial equity, health and mental health, urgent and basic needs, senior services, civic engagement, immigrant services and arts and culture are supported by contributions to the Cambridge Endowment — our Community Fund.   

The Community Fund is made up of a pool of funds, built by donors. Income from these funds is pooled to make grants that help ensure a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive Cambridge where everyone can access opportunity and a good quality of life. To learn ways to support Cambridge through the Community Fund, please contact Michal Rubin, Vice President of Development, at [email protected].

Community Fund Grants Process

The Community Fund Fall grant application is now closed.

Community Fund grants are 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. 

The Cambridge Community Foundation offers flexible funding, allowing grant recipients to use the funds at their discretion, including for general operating expenses. 

  • Nonprofits are permitted to apply for a Community Fund grant once per fiscal year. The Foundation’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30. 
  • In addition to how the grant will be used, we want to know what community need(s) your program addresses. This may include ongoing pandemic-related needs and COVID-19 recovery. 
  • We require a report on the use of the funds by the end of the grant year. Although funding can be spent on operations, the outcomes reported must be programmatic. 

The deadline to apply has passed.

To learn about nonprofits we support, read our Spring 2022 Community Fund grants press release or explore a list of nonprofits that received fiscal year 2022 Community Fund grants

What to Know About FY23 Community Fund Grants 

Community Fund grants support community-based nonprofit organizations that address local challenges and foster opportunities across the community. Grants are available to eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or entities operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. Individuals are not eligible. Please read below for more details about the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Community Fund grant process. 

Is my organization eligible to apply for a Community Fund grant?2022-09-12T13:38:48+00:00

Community Fund grants are for Cambridge-based organizations and organizations that provide services in Cambridge. If this describes your organization, then you are eligible to apply.

Can my organization apply for a grant this grant cycle?2022-09-12T13:38:26+00:00

An organization can apply for a Community Fund grant once per fiscal year. The Cambridge Community Foundation’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30.

What is this year’s grant timeline?2022-09-12T13:37:57+00:00

The Fall application will open on September 12, 2022, and close on October 3, 2022. Grant awards will be announced before the end of the calendar year. Dates for the Spring grant cycle will be announced in early 2023.

What is new about the FY23 application?2022-09-12T13:37:11+00:00

If you are a past grantee, a lot of things about the FY23 Community Fund application will be the way you remember them. However, you may notice small shifts in language. Please make sure to read each question (and any associated help text) closely.  

You may also notice that we have separated the final grant report from this year’s application. If you are an organization that received a FY22 grant and need to submit a grant report, we will reach out to you and share the new reporting form. Reporting for Fall FY22 grants will be due by December 31, 2022. Reporting for Spring FY22 grants will be due by June 30, 2023.

I received a multi-year initiative grant; do I need to submit an application this year?2022-09-12T13:36:30+00:00

No. If you received a multi-year initiative grant, you are no longer required to apply each fiscal year. You are required to submit mid-term/final reports. We will reach out to you directly to share the new reporting form. Mid-term/final reports are due on the anniversary of your grant award.

I still have questions, who should I contact?2022-09-12T13:34:35+00:00

Please reach out to Christina Turner, Director of Programs and Grantmaking at [email protected]. Or, you may attend one of our Fall Cycle info sessions over Zoom: Either Tuesday, September 20 at 2pm or Wednesday, September 21 at 10am. To RSVP, please email Christina. 

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