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2018 Falmouth Fund General Grant

Grants to Falmouth, Massachusetts Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Community Services Benefiting Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Cape Cod Foundation - Falmouth Fund

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 11:59 PM EST (Midnight)


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Falmouth, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies for services that benefit the local community. Funding is intended to support small, one-time innovative projects such as conferences, educational programs, communication and outreach, small equipment purchases, and organizational development.

The Falmouth Fund is designed to serve as a resource for a vibrant town that is responsive to diverse needs and voices – whether human service, environmental, or cultural – and to foster new ideas, approaches, and collaborations. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that bring innovative thinking to issues, big and small. The Fund is not a substitute source for funding basic town services. The intention is to support services and programs that extend beyond these basic services and enhance Falmouth’s special character and values.

The Cape Cod Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Cape Cod towns and villages. The Falmouth Fund was established in partnership with The Cape Cod Foundation to provide benefits within the local community of Falmouth. All projects must serve the people of the Town of Falmouth. The focus of the grants program is general, limited only to the requirements that the projects are administered by nonprofit public charities and serve the people of the Town of Falmouth. General Grants are made to address emerging opportunities, launch creative initiatives, and to cover costs of small, one-time projects.

Requirements - Factors Considered When Reviewing The Falmouth Fund Proposals:

1. Response to a Need in the Community - Does the proposal aim to meet a specific need in the community? Perhaps it “plugs a hole” for a population or service that has been overlooked in the past. If so, what is the need and how does one know there is a need (i.e., statistics, past work, etc.)?

2. Organizational Need - What is the financial position of the organization? Does the proposal aim to meet a specific need for the organization? Does the organization have a financial need for assistance with the project? What resources, financial and otherwise, does the organization have to complete the proposed project/program? Or: The organization has the capability to carry out the project, has effective leadership and adequate staffing, has broad community support (volunteer and financial) and is qualified and prepared to take on the proposed program.

3. Capacity Building - Does the proposal help to build long-term capacity (skills and resources) in the community, the organization and/or to a particular sector or segment of the population? The Grant Review Committee also considers the impact of the grant on the organization (i.e., for smaller organizations, the grant may have a larger impact).

4. Collaboration - The committee sees many proposals for similar purposes, and it is sometimes difficult to know why multiple proposals exist and who is best equipped to receive funding. The Falmouth Fund appreciates the ability of organizations to work together and to share resources towards a common goal. Proposals that are collaborative efforts, will require letters of support from all collaborators.

5. Population Served - The committee is very aware of the Fund’s limited (but growing) resources and the great number of community needs and programs to address those needs. With this in mind, the greater the geographic scope and/or the population the proposal reaches, the better. This is not to say that a proposal for a very targeted focus will not receive funding; however, reach and scope are considered. The Fund will also seek to achieve geographic “spread” as much as possible within the Town of Falmouth.

6. Innovative Approach - New models and approaches to community needs are encouraged. The Fund values proposals from grassroots organizations and/or for seed money to start a project or program. The Fund also values proposals that act as a catalyst for future activity in meeting a community need.

7. Leveraging Resources - The Fund strongly prefers seeing that its funding will help to secure matching funds or challenge grants, or that it will attract future funding and/or other resources.

General Grants will support things such as:

- Existing programs with a proven track record of success
- Pilot projects and idea testing
- Program planning and development
- Organizational development/planning, technical assistance (e.g. board/staff retreats, strategic planning projects)
- Needs assessments and feasibility studies (e.g. capital campaign feasibility studies, market research)
- One-time programs with specific community outcomes (e.g. educational/outreach program, symposia, and conferences)
- Small equipment to support key programs
- Communication and outreach projects (e.g. public awareness or volunteer recruitment campaigns)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182248

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Grants are made to cover costs of small, one-time projects (generally less than $5,000).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of Organizations that may apply:

- 501(c)(3) public charities or organizations serving a charitable purpose that are applying with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Faith-based organizations; however, proposals will only be considered if: (1) services benefit all, regardless of religion; (2) service provided is not religious in nature; and (3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service
- Civic organizations (proposals must be project-based and of a charitable nature, and the organization must have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization)
- Public and private schools, for projects that exceed the school’s budget funding (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that school)
- Other government agencies with project-based proposals (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that agency)

Grants must serve the residents of Falmouth.

The Falmouth Fund will generally not consider requests for Capital Campaigns, Capital Improvements, Endowment Building or Monuments and Memorials.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Falmouth Fund General Grant Application Deadline is December 15 2018 at 11:59 PM EST (Midnight).

Applications are to be submitted online.

In general, decisions are approved, and notices of awards are made within three months after the proposal deadline.

For the current cycle, notification is anticipated to be by March 15, 2019.

It is not The Falmouth Fund’s intent to be a continuous source of annual revenue for any one program or organization.

For more information about applying for grants through The Falmouth Fund, please contact Carrie Bearse, Program Assistant at the Cape Cod Foundation.

For additional information about the Falmouth Fund:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Carrie Bearse, Program Assistant
(508) 790-3040

Cape Cod Foundation
261 Whites Path, Unit 2
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Falmouth