Grants help 3 Cape Cod nonprofits thrive

HYANNIS — The Cape Cod Maritime Museum raised above and beyond what it ever imagined to fund a summer camp program for children interested in marine biology.

“We never know who we might inspire by handling a lobster or handling a hermit crab or seeing the tide marks on a buoy, or helping us navigate on a compass,” said Elizabeth York, the museum’s executive director. “We may have a future marine biologist who never thought of it as a future (career), or a future boat captain.”

The museum raised over $120,000, and received another $5,000 from the A Community Thrives initiative.

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. Since 2017, it has helped contribute more than $12 million to support nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building.

The Cape Cod Times, which is owned by Gannett, helped choose the recipients for the local grants. The museum was one of three Cape nonprofits to receive funding through the initiative.

Over 900 nonprofits in 45 states and territories participated in the A Community Thrives initiative in 2020. Over $3 million was raised through crowdfunding, and over $5 million was contributed and donated this year.

Local operating grants ranged from $2,500 to $35,000. Grants were awarded to help local organizations cover general operating expenses and were merit-based. All grantees met the fundraising requirements for the program.

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