Supporting the Cape and Islands LGBTQ Community
Grants and Grantees
Each year in early winter, the GALE Fund solicits grant applications from groups on Cape Cod and the Islands.  Applicants need to be non-profit organizations, but we can usually pair new or smaller groups who have not yet attained that status with other umbrella groups who share similar goals.  The application addresses the project concept, the target population, the method(s) intended, a means of measuring the effect of the project, and a budget to implement the project.  Applications are reviewed by the GALE Fund in early spring and the best projects are matched with the funds available for distribution each year.  Recommendations for funding are made to the Cape Cod Foundation Board of Directors, who then authorize the grants. Grantees are expected to submit a report on the results of their program, and members of the GALE Fund Advisory Board may visit the grantee to discuss their findings.

A group from CIGSYA
To Apply for a 2017 Grant, go to:

Applications are Due March 17, 2017.
approx. $250,000 in GALE grants have gone to:

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod
Barnstable County Human Rights Commission
Barnstable Senior Center
Bourne High School GSA
Cape & Islands Gay-Straight Youth Alliance
Cape Cod Academy
Cape Cod Children’s Place
Cape Cod Gay Men's Chorus
Cape Cod Unitarian Universalist
Alliance for Social Justice
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
Falmouth Academy
Falmouth High School GSA
Falmouth Jewish Congregation
Family Equality Council
First Parish Brewster—Transgender Support Group
First Parish Brewster – Welcoming Congregation Committee
Friends of Barnstable Council on Aging
Gosnold On Cape Cod
Harwich Junior Theatre
Healthsigns Center
Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod
Housing for All Corporation
Information Line Collaboration (CIGSYA;
Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Issues & Concerns;
Healthsigns Center; Independence House)
Mashpee High School GSA
Nauset Regional Middle School
New Provincetown Players
Orleans Council on Aging
Outer Cape Chorale
Outer Cape Health Services
Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)-Cape Cod
Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)-Falmouth
Penikese Island School
Provincetown Council on Aging
Provincetown International Film Festival
Provincetown Theater Foundation, Inc.
Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands
Silent Spring Institute
Sturgis Charter School
Sturgis Library
Truro Center for the Arts/ Castle Hill
Yarmouth Council on Aging
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
WOMR 92.1 FM Radio
Women's Avenue for Voice and Empowerment


GALE Fund Announces 2016 Grantees


YARMOUTHPORT - The GALE (Gay and Lesbian Equity) Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation, which supports our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community, has announced the fund’s 5 grantees for 2016 which will receive a total of over $6,000 for their work supporting LGBTQ issues.  


“A year after the SCOTUS decision we have Orlando, and it reminds us that our work is not done,” said Paul Goddu, Board Chair of the GALE Fund. “The GALE Fund is so grateful for the continued financial contributions of so many that help us give grants to these hardworking organizations.”


Since the GALE Fund’s inception in 1998, it has raised and distributed more than $260,000 to local organizations to support programs that improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals and their families. 

The GALE Fund was established at The Cape Cod Foundation with funding from the National Lesbian & Gay Community Funding Partnership and matching contributions from local businesses and individuals. 


The goal of the GALE Fund grants program is to encourage informed, relevant, collaborative and effective programming about LGBTQ issues, responding to the most pressing needs identified by the community. Grants supported such activities and programs focusing on: GSA resources in schools, transgender youth, LGBTQ elder services, and services for at-risk LGBTQ people aging out of available youth-oriented services.

2016 GALE Fund Grantees


Barnstable Senior Center, $1,742

To support ongoing efforts to expand programs, services and social opportunities for LGBTQ elders on Cape Cod. The goal of the programs is to help build a greater understanding and acceptance within the entire community for the rights and needs of LGBTQ older adults.


Family Equality Council, $200

To support outreach for an event during Family Week for local families from Cape Cod.  Family Week is a special week of events and programs in Provincetown that is an opportunity for families to feel celebrated, welcomed, and safe, all while finding a community of peers. The Cape Cod families gathering, day of events and discounted tickets will allow local families to attend some of Family Week and get the same benefits of finding a community, making new friends, and feeling affirmed as a family. The GALE Fund will support outreach so that Cape Cod LGBTQ families know about Family Week and the special Cape-focused event.


Nauset Regional Middle School, $1,984

To support a collaboration between the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC) in Wellfleet and Nauset Regional Middle School (NRMS) in Orleans.  The project is a critical examination of the representation of gender in US media; teaching students to apply critical thinking skills and media literacy to issues of gender in US culture and how that affects the people we become and how we treat each other.


Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands, $650

To support the purchase of books specific to LGBTQ suicide loss.  This purchase continues addressing the goal of helping survivors process their grief by expanding the supply of available resources. By purchasing books specific to LGBTQ suicide loss to include with other resources, Samaritans will be better able to provide support to more members of our community. 


Thrive! at CIGSYA: the Cape & Islands Gay and Straight Youth Alliance, $1,500

To support Wednesday afternoon drop-in hours at CIGSYA House.  These programs include informal time and iMac access from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, followed by the LGBTQ Power Meeting from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  During the Power Meetings a variety of topics are addressed both in-house and sometimes by guest speakers.  These include social justice, health and much more. 



The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed more than $55 million in grants and scholarships since its inception in 1989. For more information, visit or call (508) 790-3040.


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