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Giving Circle Grant

Giving Circle Grant Program

Through the Giving Circle Grant Program, CCYP funds creative projects and programs that address key needs for young professionals age 45-and-under on Cape Cod! Each fall, the Giving Circle Grant Program awards up to $10,000 to area nonprofits that offer solutions and resources specifically for young professionals in areas like year-round housing; civic engagement; child and dependent care; and business development.

The Giving Circle Grant is open to proposals from Cape Cod-based 501(c)3 nonprofits, and individual awards range from $500 to $2,500.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 18th, 2019.

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Eligibility & Application Information
  • Applicants must be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  • Projects must align with our mission to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod's young workforce and future leaders;
  • Projects must fit within one of the priority funding areas, as listed below;
  • Applicant groups must have a plan for measuring and reporting success of the project or program over time;
  • Application narrative should be no more than 2 total pages, single spaces with 1-inch margins all around. The required budget should be no more than one additional page. Applicants may provide optional supplemental materials, such as photographs, press materials, or letters of support, not to exceed one additional page in total.
Giving Priorities for 2019

To be awarded, projects or programs must fit under one or more of the grant-making priority areas for 2019, and clearly demonstrate the ability to positively impact quality of life and career opportunity for young people on Cape Cod.

The Giving Circle Grant-making priorities for 2019 are:

  • Access to Housing – programs and projects that provide creative solutions for increasing the stock of attainable, year-round housing options on Cape Cod;
  • Policy Development and Civic Engagement – programs and projects that support non-partisan policymaking solutions for issues facing young professionals; engage young, working-age adults in the local government and policy-making process; or foster participation of young professionals in volunteerism and board service;
  • Child and Dependent Care – programs and projects that increase the availability, affordability, and/or accessibility of child or dependent care; and
  • Business and Economic Development – programs and projects that provide support to young professional entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, operate, or grow their business; provide training, assistance, or creative solutions for job creation and recruitment; or otherwise improve the landscape of business and job opportunities for young professionals on Cape Cod.

Sample projects include educational workshops on homebuying or financial management; support for young entrepreneurs and small business owners; quality child care programs and child care scholarships that allow young parents or caregivers to work outside of home; non-partisan outreach or informational opportunities to engage working age adults in voting, volunteerism, or civic issues; and more.

Funding Guidelines
  • For the 2019 grant cycle, CCYP will award up to a total of $4,000 in grant funding;
  • Each applicant group may request between $500 and $1,500 in grant funds per project;
  • Donors to the CCYP Giving Circle will serve as the review committee for this grant opportunity, and will review and select finalists from the pool of applicants;
  • Finalist groups will be invited to make a short presentation to an audience of Giving Circle donors and CCYP staff/board members on Thursday, October 10 during the time frame of noon to 1:30 PM (exact time will be arranged upon notification of finalist status);
  • Awarded groups will receive funds no later than December 2019, via The Cape Cod Foundation;
  • All funding must be spent within one year of the date it is received.
Reporting Requirements
  • Funding in future years will be contingent upon submission of a Final Grant Report and overall adherence to Program Guidelines;
  • Grant recipients must submit a Final Grant Report that outline how, and to what extent, identified goals were achieved;
  • Final Grant Reports should include project photos for CCYP's media and promotional use, with any photo releases granted prior to submission, as well as a complete project budget that shows how funding was spent;
  • CCYP reserves the right from time to time to request sustainability updates on the funded project(s) for donor and other communications;
  • The deadline for the final project report for the 2019 grant cycle is August 1, 2020.
About the Giving Circle

The Giving Circle Grant is made possible through CCYP’s Giving Circle, a unique, collective giving program that pools charitable donations from nearly 100 annual and monthly donors to amplify impact and make a tangible difference in the lives of young professionals on Cape Cod.

Launched in 2015 in partnership with The Cape Cod Foundation, the Giving Circle has awarded a total of $30,000 in grant funding to local nonprofits since its inception, while also supporting CCYP’s ongoing efforts to connect, engage, and advance young professionals on Cape Cod.

Anyone can join the Giving Circle! Check out our Giving Circle page for more info.