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Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs to Benefit Local Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

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Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard

Deadline Date:

09/22/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $10,000 and up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Focus areas include health, community, the arts, and the environment. Education is considered as a component of each of these areas, for instance, grants for art education are included in arts, and environmental education programs are included in environment. Grants that support schools are included in community.

Applications will be considered using the following set of criteria as a guide:

  • Project or program is clearly defined.
  • Who will be served?
  • Program is at a stage of development that justifies the request.
  • Outcomes are clear, realistic, and reasonable.
  • There is a compelling opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life for residents of MV.
  • Does this proposal differ from existing programs or services on the island?
  • The proposed project is consistent with the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Strong leadership at Board and staff level.
  • Project budget is clear, detailed, and realistic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152539

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Grant: $1,000 - $10,000
- Impact Grant: $15,000 - $25,000

Term of Contract:

In the case of programs, grants will be considered for periods of time lasting up to one year. In the case of equipment or projects, it is expected the funds will be used within a year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit organizations that are based on Martha’s Vineyard with an Internal Revenue Service 501 (c) (3) status may apply for a grant from the Permanent Endowment. Local government agencies also may apply.

An off-island organization can submit a grant request if the services provided take place on the Island, are for the benefit of the people of Martha’s Vineyard and have a clear linkage to improving this community’s quality of life.

The Endowment will not consider grants for political purposes, religious causes or projects benefitting members of a specific church or religious denomination, agency endowments or for individuals, other than for scholarships or educational programs as determined by a fund’s special provisions.

Pre-Application Information:

All 2020 grant applications must be submitted online by midnight, September 22, 2020.

Organizations submitting completed requests for funding will be scheduled to meet with representatives of the Endowment’s Board of Directors. Typically, an organization’s Executive Director and/or Project Manager, as well as a representative of the Board, participate in these 15-minute meetings. The purpose is to provide grant seekers the opportunity to describe their organization, discuss their proposal, amplify information provided in the written application, and answer questions about the project. Sessions are informal and designed to provide a better understanding of a project’s goals, activities to be undertaken and anticipated impact on the community. In some cases, additional information may be requested to help clarify a project.

Organizations may apply as frequently as they wish.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

To email the Foundation:

Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard
4C Cournoyer Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Mail to: P.O. Box 243
West Tisbury, MA 02575

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USA: Massachusetts: Martha's Vineyard

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