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Community Fund Grants

Grants to Cambridge, Massachusetts Nonprofits
for Activities that Address Community Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF)

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants starting at $5,000 to Cambridge, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that address homelessness, hunger, and other community needs. Funding may be used for focused programs and projects, launching creative initiatives, building organizational capacity, and/or for general operations. The purpose of funding is to ensure a vibrant, thriving and inclusive Cambridge where everyone can enjoy opportunity and a good quality of life.

Community Fund Grants are broad in scope:

- Span the breadth of relevant issue areas
- Support attention to community needs
- Leverage opportunities for Cambridge and its residents

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180237

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Fund Grants are awarded as Small Grants of up to $5,000 or Large Grants of above $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Fund Grants are competitive one-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Funding is not intended for:

- One-time events
- Conferences
- Equipment or capital improvements

Pre-Application Information:

Community Fund Grants Process:

- May apply for Small Grant OR Large Grant
- Small Grants – Up to $5,000 (Guidelines here:
- Large Grants – Above $5,000 (Guidelines here:

Click on the links in the supporting documents section below to download the applications for both Small Grants and Large Grants.

Grant Cycles:

- Fall Cycle deadline is October 1 by 5:00 PM.
- Spring Cycle deadline is February 15 by 5:00 PM.
- May not apply more than once a year.

Awards Announcements:

- Fall Cycle awards announced following November board meeting.
- Spring Cycle awards announced following March board meeting.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Proposal Summary Sheet:

Certain materials must be emailed to

99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Phone: 617-576-9966

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Cambridge