Chatham Fund Awards $30K To MCS, LCOC

By: Tim Wood

Monomoy Community Services. TIM WOOD PHOTO

The Chatham Fund has awarded $15,000 each to Monomoy Community Services and the Lower Cape Outreach Council.

The two nonprofits will use the money to support ongoing programs and services as well as case work related to the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF).

Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, the fund distributed $25,000 to Monomoy Community Services (MCS) to meet the immediate needs of Chatham residents, as well as $100,000 to the CCIF. Founded last April, the CCIF is working with MCS and the Lower Cape Outreach Council to identify individuals and families in need due to lost income or other impacts of the pandemic.

The CCIF was founded last April by Stephen and Mary Beth Daniel after they learned about residents facing problems after the pandemic shutdown forced businesses to close. They enlisted a group of local residents to serve as a steering committee and enlisted MCS to help identify those most in need. Lower Cape Outreach was tapped to help review applications.

As of early this month, the fund had distributed $396,765 to year-round residents; including funds donated to the Chatham Elementary School pantry, the total was $410,601. Overall, the CCIF has taken in $518,175 in donations.

MCS Director Theresa Malone said it was an honor to be chosen for the award, and the funds would be used “to keep our organization able to provide important services, programs and assistance to Chatham residents, particularly those hardest hit by the pandemic.”

Lower Cape Outreach Council Chief Executive Officer Larry Marsland also thanked the Chatham Fund and said the money will go toward food and emergency financial assistance to those in need.

“We took a proactive approach to our grantmaking this year,” Henry Holden, the Chatham Fund chairman, said in a press release. “Rather than solicit proposals from nonprofit organizations, we looked closely at agencies responding to the most critical needs of residents to maximize the fund's impact in our community.” Holden was among a group of residents who founded the fun in 2013 with the goal of building a permanent endowment for private donations that can provide grants to nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in town.

The Chatham Fund is one of four town funds within the Cape Cod Foundation; Harwich, Sandwich and Falmouth also have similar town-dedicated funds. By pooling their efforts, town funds “have been able to build resources for annual grantmaking, provide additional funds for emergency relief, and create endowments to provide for the future needs of their communities,” said Kristin O'Malley, president and CEO of the Cape Cod Foundation.

For more information about the Chatham Fund, visit chathamfund.org.