CCADA Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Cape Cod Antiques Dealers Association established the Cultural Enrichment Fund in 2010. The purpose of this fund is to provide grants to Cape Cod historical associations, museums, cultural centers, and libraries for programs that will add to the public’s appreciation of antiques and heritage.
Through its Cultural Enrichment Grant Fund, the CCADA seeks to promote a better understanding of Cape Cod’s history and heritage by providing support to nonprofit organizations for special projects which help advance and preserve this goal. Since the first grants were presented in 2011, over $25,000 has been awarded to a wide variety of projects across Cape Cod.

The grants are awarded within the following guidelines:
  1. Seed money for new projects.
  2. Assistance in completion of a current project.
  3. Acquisition of an artifact, collection, or other object appropriate to the applying institution.
  4. Conservation of a previously owned or newly acquired object.
  5. Support of an educational project.
Each grant will be in the amount of $1000 or less.

Information for Prospective Applicants

Institutions are invited to apply for the 2017 grants by letter no later than October 15, 2017. The letter should include a detailed description of the project stating what they hope to achieve with the help of the grant. Supporting documents and photographs would be helpful. Proof of 501(c)3 certification is required. The recipients will be notified by November 1, 2017 and awarded in December of 2017. 

For further information, please contact Jerrilyn Mayhew, Chairman of the Cultural Enrichment Fund: 781-799-8871 or

Recipients of CCADA Cultural Enrichment Grants:


This year’s recipients were selected from among many applications received from various museums, libraries, historical societies and other cultural organizations across Cape Cod. According to Jerrilyn Mayhew, Program Chair of the Cultural Enrichment Grant Fund, “Making the selection was no easy task for the committee, as each and every application had significant merit in its own right.”. The four that were chosen stood out for their creative excellence and historical importance, but all applicants were deserving.

This year, the grants are being awarded to the following six organizations:

  • Falmouth Historical Society and Museums On the Green: Repair and re-gild the frame on the portrait of Hannah Lawrence Swift, member of the influential Falmouth family. The portrait is on display in the Dr. Francis Wickes House.
  • Highfield Hall and Gardens: Design educational installations to be placed around the preserved walking trails and historical gardens. These will be of great assistance to the visiting public to ensure a proper appreciation of the property's historical significance.
  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum: Mount and frame three 19th century samplers, stitched by members of the local Nickerson and Freeman families.
  • Barnstable Historical Society: Repair large display case which houses a model of the 19th century steam bark George S. Homer. The ship was built in 1882 in Bath, Maine, and named after prominent New Bedford merchant family that dealt in whale oil and candles.

In 2015, the grants were awarded to the following six organizations:

  • The Chatham Historical Society for the Atwood House Museum to purchase an All-In-One Touch Screen Computer. It will be used to bring interactive presentations, film footage, lectures and more to museum patro
  • The Harwich Historical Society to restore and preserve a 1920 poster, an original artifact from the Elmer Crowell Barn.
  • The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to conserve a large model of the Mayflower, a permanent display in the museum’s collection.
  • The Sturgis Library, Barnstable, for the purchase of mylar sleeves, used to protect a collection of historically significant early gravestone rubbings.
  • The Truro Historical Society for the purchase of an iPad Air 2, to be used to record historical accounts of several experts on local history and lore.
  • The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth to restore and preserve their 1858 Henry Walling Map of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties.


1717 Meeting House in West Barnstsble Funds toward restoration of the 1806 Paul Revere bell clapper
Harwich Historical Society The purchase of the duplicate wood burning stove used by Elmer Crowell. It will be placed in the Crowell barn currently under construction.
Orleans Historical Society Partial funding for the preservation of 6 early scrapbooks containing 19th and early 20th Century ephemera


Cape Cod Maritime Museum Funds toward the restoration of a Bigelow “Kitten” catboat.
Centerville Historical Museum Funds to complete a project utilizing tablets for the 6th Grade History Program the Barnstable School System.
Dennis Historical Society A grant to purchase TV/DVD equipment to be installed at The Manse to support ongoing educational programs.
Harwich Historical Society/Brooks Museum The means to restore an oil on canvas portrait in their permanent collection to be exhibited in the spring of 2014.
Orleans Historical Society A grant towards the restoration of ship portrait captained by a local sailing master.
Sandwich Public Library/Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives Funds to properly frame six watercolors by Dodge Macknight to be permanently displayed in the Macknight Room at the library. Sandwich celebrates its 375th anniversary and these paintings will be part of a special exhibit commemorating this artist.
Wellfleet Historical Society Funds to conserve an ongoing project to conserve and preserve selected documents and photographs in their collection.
West Dennis Free Library The purchase of a collection of books that will be helpful to readers who are preserving, conserving and organizing family history and artifacts.