Chatham Fund: Grants for New England

OVERVIEW: The Chatham Fund supports human services, education, cultural enrichment, environmental concerns in Chatham, Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, cultural enrichment, environmental concerns

IP TAKE: Pitch an idea to this fund that addresses the basic needs of low-income residents struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living in Chatham.

PROFILE: The Chatham Fund is a town fund of the Cape Cod Foundation (CCF), a local community foundation based in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. CCF manages over 250 individual funds, including town-specific ones and topic-specific funds that support donors’ interests. Local residents established the Chatham Fund to pool assets and benefit organizations that serve this community. The funder aims to “improve and enrich the quality of life in Chatham through informed and judicious grantmaking.” It supports local human services, education, cultural enrichment, and environmental efforts.

The Chatham Fund awards grants to initiatives that address many different local issues that face the Chatham community. Chatham is a local destination with small-town charm, outdoor recreation, and beautiful beaches in Cape Cod’s crown. However, there are still many people here who struggle with employment, access to healthcare, affordable housing, and limited resources. In addition to awarding local grants, this funder actively promotes local philanthropy to build a sustainable permanent endowment to benefit current and future generations that live here.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $8,000. In a recent year, the funder awarded a total of $30,000 in local grants. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the grantee listing on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on the Chatham region of Massachusetts. Past local grantees include the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Homeless Prevention Council, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Creative Arts Center.

This foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofits and utilizes an online application system to receive funding requests. The Chatham Fund has its own advisory committee but relies upon the experience and leadership of CCF for its grant review process and to help establish relationships with the nonprofit community and donors. Direct general questions to the staff at or 508-790-3040.


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