Micro Grants

One-time funding opportunities of up to $5,000 to support and encourage local volunteer projects. 


The Cape and Islands United Way's micro grant program offers funding to support and encourage local volunteerism.


A typical grant is about $2,500 and is available on a rolling schedule. 

A huge thank you to the Bilezikian Family Foundation, Eversource Charitable Foundation and Granite City Electric who have provided generous funding for our micro grant program!

Micro Grant Program

Micro Grant Program

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Duffy Health Center

Funds for COVID Motel Emergency Shelter 

Harwich Children's Fund

Warm winter clothing project for Harwich children in need

Sassafras Earth Education

Sassafras Afterschool Program Volunteer


Good Grief

Expressive Arts Therapy Camp

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Gardens by the Sea Beautification Project


Cape Cod Toy Library

Volunteer Launch, Toy Lending Library


Falmouth Community Gardens/Farming Falmouth

Building Community Gardens


CARE for the Cape and Islands
Annual Clean Up Day

Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Cape Cod Pride, Inc.

Cape Cod Pride 2019 Festival

Harwich Conservation Trust

Tour de Trash

Sandwich Partnership for Families

Savor The Summer 


YMCA Cape Cod



Cape Wildlife Center

Scavanger Hunt/ Litter Pick-up


Cape Wildlife Center

Volunteer Vegetable Garden for Animals

Falmouth Historical Society, Inc.

Educational Needs for Third Grade Field Trips


Shea's Youth Basketball Organization

Lend a Hand Community Service Project


Dream Day on Cape Cod

Dining Hall Expansion

CARE for the Cape and Islands

CARE for the Cape and Islands Day

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Public Pollinator Garden

Vineyard Conservation Society

26th Annual VCS Earth Day Beach Clean Up


Project Plant it Blue at CapeAbilities Farm

Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools

Reaching for your Dreams with Reading

Dennis Conservation Trust

Dennis Conservation Celebration 2019

Cape & Islands Rowing Association

Service & Repair Rowing Shells on Long Pond

Cape Cod MOVES

Earth Day – Collect A Boat Load of Trash

A Baby Center

Diaper Drive, Holiday Card Project

MA Mom Advocates (MAMA)

MAMA Event Support


Opioid Addiction Recovery Transition

Resilient Roots

Educational Garden in Barnstable

Flower Angels

Purchase flowers to supplement during a difficult supply

A Baby Center

Fresh Produce Program

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Classical Ballet Class

Falmouth Volunteers in

Public Schools (VIPS)

Pathways Program

Cape Abilities

Life Skills Cooking Classes

Who can apply?

The common thread of the micro grants is that they all support volunteerism. So, as long as your project engages volunteers in some way and you are based on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, you are welcome to apply! Organizations can be nonprofits, schools, councils of aging, parent/youth organizations or other community groups. 

How do you define volunteerism?

Volunteerism can be in the form of training or education, or as a specific volunteer project. 

What kinds of projects or initiatives do you fund?

The goals of the program are to engage residents of all ages in projects that address local concerns to improve the community landscape, and to bring attention to the value and reward of volunteerism. Project examples include:

  • Local Beautification 

  • Clean Up & Improvements

  • Neighborhood Collaboration

  • Youth-Centered Service

  • Multi-Generational

  • Environmental

Cape & Islands United Way

 If you have any questions about our micro grant program, contact Jackie Barber at jbarber@uwcapecod.org


Please provide a brief description of how the funds will be used. This does not have to be long; a bulleted list is fine.

We are processing applications as quickly as possible and will contact you regarding your status via email. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email jbarber@uwcapecod.org