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Announcing 2020-2021 Community Impact Grants

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

The Cape and Islands United Way makes an impact year-round through collaborations, partnerships and connecting people with solutions to community needs. A major part of that effort involves our yearly Community Impact Grants. In June, we announced the nonprofit partners who will receive this latest round of funding.

In years past, this announcement would follow a celebration to honor the grant recipients and the work they are putting into the community in the categories of education, financial stability, health, and housing. In response to COVID-19, the Board of Directors, gave approval to shift most of the funds to address basic human needs in the categories of financial stability, and housing.

Within each of the four focus areas, the awarded grants were based on the partnership and contribution to the overall community results that the United Way envisions. By category, the 24 nonprofit partnerships and programs include:


Cape Cod Children’s Place – Inclusive Preschool Learning

Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod – The Boys and Girls Club Education Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands – School-based Mentoring Program

Jeni Wheeler, Faith Family Kitchen
Jeni Wheeler, Faith Family Kitchen

Financial Stability

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – Food to Encourage program

Nantucket Interfaith Council – Food, Fuel and Financial Assistance program

Falmouth Service Center – Fresh and Healthy Foods program

Cape Cod Council of Churches – Faith Family Kitchen

Cape Kid Meals – Cape Kid Meals

WE CAN – WE CAN Service Expansion


Alzheimer Family Support Center of Cape Cod – Comprehensive Cape-wide Support Groups

Outer Cape Health Services – Substance Abuse Prevention, Screening and Recovery Services

Community Health Center of Cape Cod – Healthy Aging Initiatives

Behavioral Health Innovators – RecoveryBUILD Alternative Peer Support Group

Calmer Choice – Increasing Access to Calmer Choice


Independence House – Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims

Homeless Prevention Council – Comprehensive Case Management program

Duffy Health Center – In from the Streets program

Housing Assistance Corporation – Homelessness Emergency Financial Aid

Catholic Social Services – Housing Navigator program

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard
Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard (education, financial stability, health, and housing)

Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard – Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard

Boys and Girls Club of Martha’s Vineyard – After School Program

Island Grown Initiative – Increasing Healthy Food Access on Martha’s Vineyard

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard – Caregiver Respite Program

Sassafras Earth Education – Summer Programming

In addition to the Community Impact Grants, the Cape and Islands United Way has also:

— Distributed close to $100,000 to more than 20 local nonprofits from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund

— Continued their Mobilizing Volunteers Micro Grant Program which invests dollars in volunteer-led community projects

— Through Women United, funded both a Cape Cod Community College scholarship and an additional $5,000 to the college’s Student Emergency Fund, as well as continued funding for Reach Out and Read for our area

So far this year, approximately $500,000 has been distributed back into the community.

Mark Skala, President and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way said, “As you can imagine, making decisions for this year’s funding was particularly challenging. We count on our community partners to make lasting change happen on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and we are proud to be able to support the important work they do.”

To learn more about grants, micro grants, or apply for COVID-19 relief , please visit the Cape and Islands United Way website:

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