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New Funding Guidelines for 2020 Grant Cycle

The Cape and Islands United Way is excited to announce some key changes to the process, eligibility and funding cycle for 2020 grant applicants.

The first change is an expanded, two-year grant funding period. Organizations applying in the fall of 2019 will be applying for funding fromJuly 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022.

This multi-year funding will increase focus on outcomes and allow more opportunities for deeper and richer partnerships. Two-year funding also allows for more real-time reporting on results throughout the grant period.

The second major change is a focus on desired community outcomes - which build on the Results Framework used for the past four years to make funding decisions. These desired community outcomes focus on the highest need areas in our community.

“These changes allow for increased accountability, visibility and deeper partnerships with our local nonprofit organizations – helping us make more of a lasting impact in our communities.” – Mark Skala, President and CEO, Cape and Islands United Way

Available funding for Community Impact Grants is anticipated to be nearly $500,000 for each of the two years in the grant cycle. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 per application.

The process for applying for a Community Impact Grant contains two steps: the Letter of Intent and the full application. The Letter of Intent (LOI) provides applicants an opportunity to briefly summarize the program for which funds are requested. Letters of Intent are submitted through the grants portal at and are due by midnight on October 4, 2019. If the LOI is approved by the review committee, applicants are then invited to submit the full application. Collaboration on programs continues to be encouraged.

Full details on the process can be found at Questions should be directed to the Beth Bowman, Director of Community Impact, at 508-775-4746 ext. 302 or via email at

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