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Open Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunity and GuidelinesTargetApplication LinkDeadline
Community Fund Spring GrantsFor nonprofits serving CambridgeComing in January 2023!TBA
Imagined in Cambridge! Fund MicrograntFor social innovators that have previously applied for the Imagined in Cambridge! Social Innovation AwardApply hereRolling
Imagined in Cambridge! Social Innovation AwardFor emerging nonprofits and grassroots projectsNo longer availablePassed
CAMBRIDGE WINS, Sports Equity GrantsFor summer recreation programs serving youth in Cambridge.ClosedPassed

Grant Reports and Guidelines

CCF Grant Report Form
CAMBRIDGE WINS Grant Report Form

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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