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
Current Nantucket Fund Grants
2021 Nantucket Fund Grants
A Safe Place – Victims of Crime Act matching grant to employ a full-time trauma therapist
Artists Association of Nantucket – Family Art Program, a series of classes that offer safe and creative learning experiences for young children and their families
Bulgarian Education Center – Education and diversity initiatives for Bulgarian youth
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands – Supplemental support for Nantucket’s Meals on Wheels Program
Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center – Funding to hire a psychiatric nurse practitioner
Gosnold – SOAP: Structured Outpatient Addiction Program
Habitat for Humanity – Costs associated with finishing 3 homes on Benjamin Drive
Health Imperatives – Nantucket community health and outreach programs
Housing Nantucket – Rehab and maintenance projects for current affordable rental units
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cape and the Islands – Educational and support services for Spanish-speaking individuals
Nantucket Boys and Girls Club – LEGO Robotics; a STEM program offered to members between 4th – 8th grade
Nantucket Book Foundation – Page to Stage event with Mitchell Zuckoff “Fall & Rise: The Story of 9/11″
Nantucket Community Sailing – Free sailing and water sports for underserved children and adults
Nantucket Community School – Summer Boost, kindergarten readiness program
Nantucket Food, Fuel, and Rental Assistance – Transportation costs associated with bringing fresh and healthy food to the Island’s Food Pantry
Nantucket Food, Fuel, and Rental Assistance – Increased rental assistance to their elder clients and those suffering from long-term illnesses
Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals – Community outreach programs
Nantucket Soccer Club – Scholarship program
Rising Tide Preschool – Professional development and unrestricted operational support
Nantucket Sports & Therapeutic Assisted Recreation – S.T.A.R. Summer Adventure pods
Small Friends – Unrestricted operational support
St. Paul’s – Laundry Love outreach program
In 2019, 2020 & 2021 the Nantucket Fund made grants in the following areas:
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 health care 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.
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.