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Small grants with big impact

Updated: May 20, 2021

Throughout 2020, the Cape and Islands United Way has been able to make a number of smaller grants to assist in addressing issues in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of a local family foundation, as well as the many supporters of our CIUW Community Response Fund, more than $120,000 has been awarded so far in small grants. The family foundation has made our micro grant program possible, which supports the efforts of volunteerism on the Cape and Islands. The Community Response Fund collaborates with our partners to address critical needs resulting from the pandemic.

The most recent small grants provided include:

Winter Clothing Project for Harwich Children in Need

$2,500 request for coats, boots and clothing for 70 children in need. Coordinated by 15 volunteers who collaborates with schools to identify children in need.

Cape Cod Literacy Council

$2,275 for laptops to loan to literacy volunteers/students lacking access to computers for ESL classes. COVID-19 necessitated moving in person classes to on-line. 35 volunteers engaged.

Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Farm to Table exhibit – $2,500 request for fencing materials for new outdoor space/exhibit to encourage outdoor play and reduce isolation. Fencing needed because of location near busy road. 10 volunteers will construct fence.

A Baby Center

$3,500 for emergency diapers and formula. The pandemic has significantly increased demand for these supplies.

A Baby Center and Cape & Islands United Way staff, unloading boxes for the diaper bank.

Nonprofits interested in our micro grants or Community Response Fund can find more details by following these links:

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