Nantucket Fund Impact

The Nantucket Fund is a unique fund established by the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees as an endowment for our community. This fund was established to pool donors’ resources to help meet multiple needs of the Island and its people. In this way, the Nantucket Fund supports key community priorities identified through the Community Foundation’s convening activities.

We see a Nantucket where everyone – equally and inclusively:

  • has a place to call home
  • has support when coping with personal struggles,
  • knows their children are safe and active during the workday,
  • can rely on year-round affordable transportation,
  • and may age gracefully with trust in the services they need and deserve

What is the Grant Making Process?

The Nantucket Fund makes grants based on priorities determined through convening the Island’s leaders. Our Advisory Committee of healthcare workers, educators, clergy, police, town officials, the media and others, meet throughout the year to identify the Island’s most critical needs.

Through an annual Grant Application process, the Nantucket Fund Grants Committee meets to discuss the applications, interview the applicants, and make suggestions to the Community Foundation’s Board.

With the assistance of the Advisory Committee and Grants Committee, the Board of Trustees awards Nantucket Fund Grants to community organizations working to address the island’s most pressing needs.

After awarding the grants, Community Foundation staff continues to follow up with the grant recipients through site visits, 6-month reports, and year end evaluations.


2023 Nantucket Fund Grants

  • A Safe Place’s Trauma Therapy Program
  • ACKNow Community Initiatives’ Lease to Locals Program
  • Addiction Solutions’ Database Management Upgrade
  • Artists Association of Nantucket’s Teen Portfolio Program
  • Egan Maritime’s Senior Moments Program
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands’ Meals on Wheels
  • Fairwinds’ Telehealth Hybrid Care
  • Health Imperatives’ Health Care Access
  • Housing Nantucket’s Kitchens in affordable homes
  • Mass Audubon Nantucket Sanctuaries’ Youth Climate Leadership Program
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Youth Initiative Program
  • Nantucket Book Foundation’s Authors in Schools Program
  • Nantucket Boys and Girls Club Security Audit for Youth Facilities
  • Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs’ Senior Events
  • Nantucket Community Sailing’s Community Programs to Underserved Youth and Seniors
  • Nantucket Community School’s Summer Boost and Community Programs
  • Nantucket Dreamland’s Literature to Life Program
  • Nantucket Family Resource Center’s Emergency Aid for Families Fund
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel, & Rental Assistance’s Rental and Utility Assistance
  • Nantucket Ice’s New rental skates and community room upgrades
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals’ Community Assistance Program
  • Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Extended Day Program
  • Nantucket Skating Club Expanded Figure Skating Offerings
  • Nantucket STAR’s Summer Adventure Program
  • Our House’s Youth Mentors Program
  • Small Friends Nantucket’s Childcare Providers Retention Program
  • Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program
  • Warming Place’s Emergency Shelter Funding

Help Endow the Nantucket Fund’s Grant Making

The Nantucket Fund is the Foundation’s only discretionary grant making fund. Your donation to the Nantucket Fund will help all of Nantucket, and your generosity is needed now more than ever.

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