The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Awards $148,750 to Local Nonprofits

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod supported The Women and Girls Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation, the YMCA, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Independence House, Inc, Housing Assistance, and Love Live Local. The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod supported Helping Our Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Falmouth Housing Trust, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Belonging to Each Other, and HECH.

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, through its Charitable Foundation Trust and corporate giving programs, has awarded $148,750 in grants and donations to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Barnstable County residents.

“This quarter’s grant recipients truly reflect The Coop’s vision to transform lives through the power of community banking,” said Lisa Oliver, Chair, President and CEO, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “As a true community bank, we have a commitment and expectation to help alleviate the major issues affecting Cape Cod, including affordable housing, poverty, social justice and racial and economic equity. I congratulate all the extremely deserving nonprofit organizations that received grants from The Coop and look forward to supporting their work now and in the future.”

During the recent quarterly meeting of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, the following new grants were awarded for the first quarter of the bank’s 2025 fiscal year:

  • $25,000 to Helping Our Women, distributed in four annual installments, for support of its Women Thriving campaign, which includes the new Ann Maguire Women’s Wellness Center in Eastham. The grant will also help fund Helping Our Women’s Peer Wellness Coaching program and much-needed updates to its Provincetown facility.
  • $25,000 to Heritage Museums & Gardens, distributed in four annual installments, to support the Barbey Family Welcome Center, a 9,000-square-foot three-building facility scheduled to open in 2025. The new welcome center will elevate the guest experience by providing a gracious gateway for visitors to prepare to enjoy a day of exploration, discovery and learning on the Sandwich museum’s 100-acre grounds.
  • $15,000 to Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing to be used for expansion of its Rental Assistance Program, which helps people stay in place to creates stability for residents, employees and the community workforce on Cape Cod.
  • $10,000 to Belonging to Each Other to support its $1.3 million campaign to purchase and renovate the former Gerald Flynn House in Falmouth to be used as a shelter in the winter months for those experiencing homelessness and as housing for seasonal workers during the summer.
  • $5,000 to Falmouth Housing Trust to help fund its Waquoit Project, a plan to create six affordable workforce homes on a 3.8-acre parcel with a pond that connects to the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The project will initially provide housing for more than 20 people in new, energy-efficient homes restricted as affordable housing in perpetuity.

The Coop Foundation also issued the final $6,250 installment of a four-year $25,000 grant award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands to help expand mentoring services to youth throughout the region.

The Coop has also disbursed more than $100,000 in funding support from its Corporate Giving program to almost 50 local nonprofits to date in the first quarter.  Most notable donations include: