Eligibility and Guidelines


 We are pleased to announce that the Community Foundation for Nantucket has begun our annual Community Grants Process for 2018!  We are inviting all nonprofits to apply. A significant portion of our available grant dollars is again dedicated, by donor restriction, to the area of Health and Human Services.

Eligibility and guidelines for these grants are:

The Community Foundation for Nantucket is a public charity that supports organizations that contribute to the quality of life on Nantucket.  Through the Nantucket Fund™, Community Grants are awarded as follows:

Grants are available only to organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax status that deliver programs and services to Nantucket residents in the areas of human services, the arts, education, conservation and preservation and community affairs.

The Foundation encourages grant requests for projects and programs on Nantucket that:

  • Are likely to have substantial impact on the quality of life of people in the community, especially in the following areas:
  1. Mental Health
  2. Substance Use
  3. Housing
  4. Affordable Childcare
  5. Year round transportation
  6. Quality Senior Living
  7.  Diversity Initiatives
  • Propose practical ways to address community issues and challenges;
  • Leverage other sources of support (i.e. funds or volunteers);
  • Stimulate others to participate in addressing community challenges;
  • Assist nonprofit organizations to maximize effective management;
  • Are cooperative efforts and minimize or eliminate duplication of services;
  • Are sustainable over time.

The Foundation has limited resources, so there are restrictions on the scope of activities the Foundation is able to support.  In general, the Foundation does NOT grant funds for:

  1. Unrestricted general operating expenses;
  2. Endowment funds;
  3. Religious organizations for religious purposes;
  4. Fundraising activities or events;
  5. Umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion;
  6. Political lobbying or legislative activities;
  7. Individuals.

Foundation staff reviews all grant proposals.  Members of the Grants Committee may make site visits to or request an interview with organizations that request funding and to those who are grant recipients. Such interview or visit is to gather information and should not be construed as favorable action on a funding request. We may interview:

  1. Key staff identified in the grant proposal
  2. Collaborative partners
  3. Other funding sources

The Community Foundation will review applicant’s financial materials . We are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate efforts at collaboration, and from organizations that have limited fundraising resources. The Foundation will award grants only to organizations that have met all the deadlines for project reporting, follow up and accountability for any previous grants from the Foundation. A grantee progress report is due 6 months after the grant is awarded.