We are happy to announce 38 nonprofit partnerships for 2018-2019; made public at our annual grant reception at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in May. $400,000 in grants were awarded; approximately two-thirds of the total the Cape and Islands United Way invests in the community each year. The grant review process allows us to study the needs and identify strategies that will affect lasting change. In addition to the community impact grants, four awards were presented and the efforts of the many donors and volunteers were recognized.
“These funded programs and partnerships strengthen the foundation of our communities." – Beth Bowman, Director of Community Impact
Grants were awarded within each of our four focus areas – education, financial stability, health and housing. This year, we also had a community impact team dedicated to Martha's Vineyard, awarding grants to five nonprofit organizations on the island.
In the education category, strategies include support for early childhood learning, the expansion of quality out-of- school programs and stress management for school-age children. Programs that encourage financial stability include food pantry and emergency services, as well as longer term supports that move families toward financial sustainability. In health, funded initiatives serve people with disabilities, promote healthy aging and focus on substance abuse prevention. To address the growing housing challenges, funded programs include both emergency shelter and stop gap solutions as well as case management for families at risk for homelessness.
This year's awards include: 1) The Ron Reed Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Leader, presented to Larry Bigelow, Housing Impact Team Chair and 2018 Member of the CIUW Board of Directors; 2) The Grant and Helene Wilson Award for Nonprofit Excellence, given to Community Development Partnership; 3) The United Way Youth Award, granted to Anna Marti, graduate and valedictorian of Sandwich High School; and 4) The Chairman’s Award, granted to Premier Companies.