Archive 2005

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod:  To support the replication of a model economic development program involving entrepreneurial training for artists. Over the course of the next two years the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) will sponsor three training modules of the Smart Markets for Artists Program in the Mid- and Upper-Cape area benefiting up to 45 artists. The Smart Markets for Artists Program will replicate and geographically expand a similar program founded by and administered by the Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation–within the eight towns of the Lower/Outer Cape–as part of their highly successful Business Builders Program. Participating artists will learn a variety of marketing skills and personal development tools to assist them in creating a business strategy that increases earning potential and provides greater financial stability. In the second year of the grant period, AFCC will present a regional conference to share lessons learned from the replication project.

$75,000 over two years

Cape and Islands Community Development, Inc.:  To support the development and production of an Artisan Heritage Trail Guide for Cape Cod using a 10-year old model successfully implemented by Handmade in America: a ten year old non-profit located in North Carolina. The guide will direct visitors, second homeowners and residents to studios and galleries outside the mainstream, off the beaten path and beyond the classic retail environment. The guide will be a small-format four-color publication that combines photographs of products with artist/product descriptions. The primary goal of the guide is to help artists and artisans increase their customer base and incomes. Funding partners include the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Aquaculture Laboratory/MMA:  To expand the role and ability of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s shellfish aquaculture laboratory and hatchery so that it can assist current shellfish farmers improve production and profit on their farms.


Cape Cod Collaborative:  To provide support for a new initiative, Advanced Studies & Leadership Program, that will provide four weeks of summer academic study in science, technology, engineering and math to students from school districts comprising the Cape Cod Collaborative.


Castle Hill/Truro Center of the Arts:  To winterize the existing ceramics studio to allow for extended year-round use and off-season programming which will attract recognized ceramics artists and visitors to this one-of-a-kind facility and to establish the Cape’s first Ceramics Cooperative.


CHAMP House/Housing for All Corp:  To fund a new initiative of their business group to combine waste glass products, the Cape’s unemployed workers, and specific technology to create a new sustainable business in recycling glass that will be produced and distributed locally to homeowners and contractors.


Cooperative Extension – Wind Energy for Agriculture:  To investigate the feasibility of using wind energy-powered greenhouse technology for year-round small agricultural operations on Cape Cod for the purpose of launching a new winter market for locally grown produce.


Mashpee Chamber of Commerce:  To host a series of Growth Forums to discuss and educate the community on sustainable economic development at a time when the Town of Mashpee faces a confluence of strategic decisions on growth management.


Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School:  To provide AutoCAD and Surveying training to students as well as follow-up internship opportunities at local civil engineering and survey businesses.


UMass Donahue Institute:  In support of a comprehensive economic study of the Marine Science and Technology Industry in Massachusetts. Marine Science and Technology businesses on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts are part of an emerging and growing industry cluster. The study will quantify the value that marine science and technology adds to the Commonwealth, develop a detailed profile of the industry with regard to number of firms, employment and geographic distribution, and assess product development and industry trends. Funds were leveraged with $61,000 in funding committed from outside sources.


School to Careers Partnership:  In support of a major expansion of the Diploma Plus Program, a program of the Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard School to Careers Partnership. Now in its sixth year, the program is expanding from 15 students to 45 and from three schools to seven. The Diploma Plus Program gives high school seniors the option to earn a traditional high school diploma and college credits by spending their entire senior year on the campus of Cape Cod Community College. During their year on campus, students enroll in college-level courses, internships and community service. The two-part program begins in the spring of the junior year developing an Entry Portfolio in an after-school course at the community college. Students enrolled in the program have a 98% graduation rate and a 90% retention rate at post-secondary education and training programs.