The Cambridge Community Foundation and its donors have awarded $944,378 in grants this spring, with $692,878 going to 93 local nonprofits and to scholarships, the organization said April 3. Its endowed Community Fund alone awarded 69 organizations a total of $388,000 in grants, with nonprofits supporting education and out-of-school time getting a quarter of the total, followed by urgent and basic needs (17 percent) and arts and culture (12 percent). Nearly half of the nonprofits getting funding this cycle – selected by a committee of civic leaders and community members, including former executive directors of nonprofits, board members and a poet – have been supported by CCF for decades.

Donors infused a total of $409,478 into nonprofits and scholarships through endowment and donor advised funds, with $157,978 going specifically to Cambridge-based nonprofits.

“Every year the number of grant requests CCF receives increases. This spring was no exception. It’s clear there is a dramatic need for support for our nonprofit sector, which serves residents of all ages, especially the most vulnerable in our community,” says Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation. 

Awards were as small as the $1,000 given to Poetry Fuels Democracy, a free live event putting poet Richard Blanco within the Charles River Museum of Innovation and Industry, and ranged up to $140,900 to reimagine the welfare system through a pilot that will enroll 100 additional families in Cambridge. Information is here.


This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.