Imagined in Cambridge Fund

Support innovators in Cambridge, dedicated to bettering our city through their work.

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Support innovators in Cambridge, dedicated to bettering our city through their work.

Join us in lifting up the unique and creative innovators that make Cambridge a better place.

In the second year of the Social Innovation Award, now named Imagined in Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation is expanding its support of social innovators, through a new fund – the Imagined in Cambridge Fund, offering any past applicant of the Award the opportunity to apply for microgrants of up to $500 to support their projects.

While each Social Innovation Award cycle funds a handful of ideas, we recognize that Cambridge is home to a diverse and ever-growing community of creative, local entrepreneurs, as we’ve seen in the depth and width of our application pools. From our applicants, we've seen many great ideas like a youth-led performance confronting police brutality; a public service campaign promulgating messages of antiracism and togetherness; and proposals for improving free, public access to resources as diverse as sanitary facilities, nature, and the arts.

All of these innovations embody bold, grassroots ideas, but there is another pattern across these ventures – many of these projects encounter obstacles that require relatively modest sums to surmount. The needs range from digital presence, to equipment requirements, transportation and more.

We ask you to join us with a gift of any amount in support of local social innovators, working to solve some of our most intractable social problems with innovative, light-touch ideas, and inspire new models for improving Cambridge and the lives of people within.

If you would like to mail a check, please write “Imagined in Cambridge Fund” in the memo and send it to: Cambridge Community Foundation, C/O The Link at Kendall Square, 255 Main Street, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142.

For more information, or for other ways to donate, please contact Michal Rubin at

Photo of Ashley Herring, founder of blackyard and winner of the 2020 Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award, with students. Taken by Philip Keith for The New York Times.