Community Impact Grants

Our vision is for a community that collaborates, integrates, and innovates to create a highly effective regional delivery system of human services to best meet the needs of our residents. We work toward these goals through our fundraising, grant-making, and community leadership efforts.

The application window for our new 2-year grant funding cycle (July 2020 – June 2022) has closed. If you have a smaller, volunteer-based project that needs funding, we encourage you to look into our Micro Grant program.


The mission of the Cape and Islands United Way is to unite people and to improve lives, creating lasting change on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In support of this mission, we partner with local nonprofit organizations to ensure a robust continuum of services and supports for all residents. Our grant-making process is centered around four main goals:

  1. Improving Educational Success

  2. Encouraging Financial Stability

  3. Promoting Health

  4. Creating Housing Stability

In 2018, we received nearly 80 Letters of Intent.  In total, nearly $500,000 was distributed to 34 nonprofit organizations – in support of 36 programs across Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in our four priority areas. Grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $25,000.  


Over the past two years, we have used the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework to focus on results and impact.  After careful review of this framework, as well as additional work to understand the needs of our community, we established a set of Desired Community Outcomes. These outcomes are aspirational goals that organizations are working towards to improve areas of need in our community, and fall under selected strategies of our RBA framework. This refinement allows a greater focus on targeted outcomes to ensure maximum impact.

The four focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Housing each has a goal statement which is followed by information to set the context for the selection of strategies and Desired Community Outcomes. These describe the results that funded programs should be working to achieve in the community. 


In addition to the focus on Desired Community Outcomes as described above, the 2020 grant cycle also starts our new two-year grant funding period.  Specifically, this means that organizations applying in the fall of 2019 will be awarded a two-year grant (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022).  Approved organizations are eligible to receive between $5,000-$25,000 in grant awards; payments are made in quarterly installments.


The grant must be for two continuous years of funding for the same program. Applicants will include a two-year budget in their full application. This multi-year funding will increase focus on outcomes and allow more opportunities for deeper and richer partnerships. Letters of Agreement will be completed annually, and all funding is contingent upon the achievement of anticipated results and the availability of funds.  


Two year funding also provides the opportunity for more real-time reporting on results throughout the grant period. Brief quarterly reports will be required that are uploaded to the grants portal. The report only focuses on results and does not contain a narrative piece.

If you have any questions about Community Impact Grants, please contact Beth Bowman at 508-775-4746 x302 or
September 9, 2019

Notice of funding availability release

September 11, 2019 at 1:30pm

Information Session #1 (webinar)

September 18, 2019 at 10:00am

Information Session #2 (in-person)

Harborview Conference Room

Barnstable County Complex

3195 Main Street, Barnstable

October 4, 2019

Letters of Intent due

October 5 - November 1, 2019

LOI Review Period

November 4, 2019

Notification of LOI status

January 10, 2020

Grant Applications due

January 11 - April 3, 2020

Grant Application Review Period

April 14, 2020

Presentation at BOD Meeting and vote for approval of funding recommendations

April 16, 2020

Notification of Funding Award

May 12, 2020

Community Impact Celebration

May 2020

Community Impact Celebration on Martha's Vineyard

(location TBD)

July 2020

Site visits begin with selected programs

September 2020 - March 2021

Site visits occur

(all programs)

May 2021

Community Impact Celebration - Honoring the UW impact in 2020

March 2021 - June 2021

Contract Review and Renewal Process


1600 Falmouth Road, Unit 25
P.O. Box 367

Centerville, MA 02632

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Black YouTube Icon

Need help and don’t know where to turn? 

A partner of the Cape and Islands United Way, Mass 2-1-1 is here to answer your calls 24/7. They are a human services help hotline that will direct you to the services in your area that are appropriate for your needs. Call Now: Dial 2-1-1