Nantucket Fund Grants

The Nantucket Fund is the Foundation’s unrestricted source to provide community grants to financially support and focus attention on the Island’s most critical needs and initiatives.


Eligibility and Criteria for Applying for a Nantucket Fund Grant

Nantucket Fund grants are available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status, municipalities, or religious organizations that deliver programs and services to Nantucket residents.

The Foundation encourages grant requests for projects and programs on Nantucket that are likely to have a substantial impact on the quality of life of people in the community, especially in the following areas:

    • Mental Health
    • Substance Use
    • Housing
    • Affordable Childcare
    • Year-round transportation
    • Senior Well-Being
    • Diversity Initiatives

In addition, grant requests should: 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, which minimize or eliminate duplication of service, are sustainable over time.

Application Instructions for a Nantucket Fund Grant

Instructions: When submitting your Nantucket Fund Application please follow these instructions and review the list below carefully.

Please note applications will be available soon, please return back for 2024 dates.

  1. Submit applications by due date. Please send applications to Sunny Daily at grants@cfnan.org.
  2. Read the Eligibility and Criteria and sign the Acknowledgement Form attached to the application, which confirms your understanding that receipt of your submission does not imply eligibility or approval.
  3. Keep a copy of your submission for your files. If mailing applications, please do not use staples, binders or folders for the originals.
  4. Please do not include videos, promotional materials or any additional information other than what is requested.

All Applications should include the following:

  • Completed 2024 Grant Application, including signed Acknowledgment Form
  • Names and addresses of your current Board of Trustees
  • Copy of the letter from the IRS granting 501(c) (3) tax status and any subsequent IRS letters relating to your organization’s status
  • Copy of your most recent Form 990N, 990EZ, or 990 and complete financial statements in accordance with Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements

Please review past 2023 applications for reference:

Current Nantucket Fund Grants

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

Previous Nantucket Fund Grants

2022 Nantucket Fund Grants

  • A Safe Place | Trauma Therapy Program
  • Addiction Solutions | Donor Database
  • Artists Association of Nantucket | Family Art
  • Bulgarian Education Center | Operational Support
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands | Meals on Wheels
  • Fairwinds | Bring Telehealth Providers to Nantucket for Face to Face Appointments
  • Habitat for Humanity | HVAC for one home in the Benjamin Drive Development
  • Health Imperatives | Support for WIC, Young Parents, and the Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinic
  • Housing Nantucket | Maintenance of the Affordable Rental Portfolio
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) | Educational and Support Services in Spanish for Nantucket Residents
  • Nantucket Book Foundation | Authors in Schools Program
  • Nantucket Boys and Girls Club | Staff Spanish Language Education
  • Nantucket Community Music School | Elder Outreach Program
  • Nantucket Community Sailing | Community Programs to Underserved Youth and Seniors
  • Nantucket Community School | Summer Boost Kindergarten Readiness Program
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel, & Rental Assistance | Food Pantry Support and Utility and Rental Assistance
  • Nantucket Historical Association | NHA on the Road – Senior Services
  • Nantucket Ice | Operational Support
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals | Community Assistance Program
  • Nantucket Resource Partnership | Develop Comprehensive Food Insecurity Support System
  • Nantucket STAR | STAR Summer Adventure Pods
  • Our House | Youth Coach
  • Small Friends Nantucket | Employee Retention Program
  • St. Paul’s Nantucket | St. Paul’s Meals Program
  • Sustainable Nantucket | Farm to School Program
  • Swim Across America | Swim Across America 10 Year Video

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

2020 Nantucket Fund Grants 

  • A Safe Place- Trauma Therapy Program 
  • ASAP – Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention – ACK Teen 
  • Bulgarian Education Center – Operational Support 
  • Dreamland Foundation – Operational Support
  • Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center – Psychiatry Program 
  • Habitat for Humanity – Building on Benjamin Drive 
  • Health Imperatives on Nantucket – Community Outreach Support
  • Housing Nantucket- Community Investment Tax Program – Upgrades to rental units
  • Maria Mitchell Association – Operational Support 
  • NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Health for The Cape and Island – William James Interface Help Line
  • Nantucket Boys and Girls – Health and Wellness Program 
  • Nantucket Community School – Building Community for Speakers of Other Languages 
  • Nantucket Film Festival- Teen View Educational Lab 
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel, and Rental Assistance – Long term rental assistance for elders & food pantry transportation costs 
  • Nantucket island Safe Harbor for Animals – Community Outreach Programs 
  • St Paul’s Laundry Love – Laundry Love 2020
  • STAR – Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Recreation – Sensory Art and Summer Adventure Pods 
  • Sustainable Nantucket – Professional Development 

2019 Nantucket Fund Grants 

  • A Safe Place- Trauma Therapy Programs
  • A.S.A.P. – Community Awareness Program & Spanish Translation of Janina Kean’s Family Addiction Program
  • Bulgarian Education Center – Operational Support
  • Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center – Neuro-developmental Behavioral Pediatric Testing
  • Health Imperatives- All programming (WIC, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Young Families program)
  • Housing Nantucket – Community Investment Tax Program CITC program for Affordable Housing Maintenance
  • Nantucket Book Foundation- Page to Stage and School Program with Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Nantucket Boys & Girls Club- My.Future digital program
  • Nantucket Community Music Center- Elder Outreach Initiative
  • Nantucket Community Sailing- Sailing for All, Community Outreach Programs
  • Nantucket Community School- Summer Boost, Kindergarten Readiness Programs
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Patient Family Advisory Committee- “Transitions” Educational Program
  • Nantucket Film Festival- Teen View Program
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel & Rental Assistance- Short Term Rental Assistance
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel & Rental Assistance- Transportation for Produce at the Food Pantry
  • Nantucket Lighthouse School – Educational Speaker Series, Ralph Fletcher, On Educating Boy Writers
  • Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals- “Pets for Life” – Outreach Program
  • Nantucket STAR, Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Recreation – STAR Troopers Summer Camp and Sensory Art Classes
  • Small Friends on Nantucket- Operational Support
  • St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket – Laundry Love

2018 Nantucket Fund Grants 

  • Habitat for Humanity, Nantucket – Capacity Building and Professional Development
  • Housing Nantucket – Community Investment Tax Credit Program for Affordable Housing Maintenance
  • Nantucket Fuel and Rental Assistance – Short Term Rental Assistance and Farm Fresh Produce at the Food Pantry
  • A Safe Place – Trauma Therapy Programs
  • Health Imperatives – Community Outreach Programs and Professional Development 
  • Dreamland Foundation – Staff Training with Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center
  • Children’s Cove – Child Advocacy and Abuse Prevention Services
  • Nantucket STAR, Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Recreation – STAR Troopers Summer Camp and Sensory Art Classes
  • Nantucket Boys and Girls Club – Art and Cultural Enrichment Programming  
  • Nantucket Soccer Club – Travel Team Scholarships
  • Artist Association of Nantucket – Boys and Girls Art Club at the Artists Association of Nantucket
  • Bulgarian Education Center – Tuition Assistance
  • Friends of Nantucket Public Schools – Children’s Fund
  • Nantucket Film Foundation – Teen View Program
  • Nantucket Book Foundation – Vising Author Programs with Jason Reynolds
  • Cape Cod Child Development – Headstart on Nantucket
  • Linda Loring Nature Foundation – LLNF Language Diversity Initiative 
  • Nantucket Music Center – World Music Classes
  • Nantucket Community School – Summer Boost
  • Nantucket Light House School – Educational Speaker Series with Grace Lin
  • Nantucket Community Sailing – Sailing with Old Salts and Community Outreach Programs
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital – Be Well Children’s Health Fair
  • Swim Across America – Nantucket Open Water Swim
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals – Whiskers and Wags
  • Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod –Technology Upgrades for Nantucket Nurses
  • Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center – Operational Capacity Building 

2017 Nantucket Fund Grants 

  • Habitat for Humanity – Capacity Building & HVAC Systems for new homes
  • Housing Nantucket- Public Education & Media Outreach Programs
  • Housing Nantucket- The Community Investment Tax Credit Program 
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel, & Rental Assistance- Short-Term Rental Assistance for the Nantucket Rental Assistance Program  
  • A Safe Place, Inc. – Victims of Crime Act grant support for a full-time Trauma Therapist
  • Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention- Janina Kean, Family Awareness Program 
  • Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center- Fairwinds Professional Development Institute
  • Artists Association of Nantucket- Healing through the Creative Process 
  • Gosnold Inc – Guiding Good Choices – Drug Prevention Training for Families
  • Nantucket Community School – Ready Set Read Program & Parental Empowerment Series
  • Nantucket Music Center – Brazilian and Bulgarian Dance Programs
  • Linda Loring Nature Foundation- Translation Services for Nature Trails
  • Nantucket Dreamland Foundation- Children’s Theatre Program 
  • Nantucket STAR – Sensory Art & Cross Fit Programs
  • Nantucket Community Sailing – Boys & Girls Club Sailing & Water-Sport Classes 
  • Nantucket Book Foundation- PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools
  • Egan Maritime Institute- Sea of Opportunities with Nantucket Public Schools
  • Friends of Nantucket Public Schools- Mike Smith Live – Motivational Speaker Series
  • Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals- Humane Education Program
  • Small Friends on Nantucket- Extended Hours in Infant Room 
  • Health Imperatives, Inc – Immigrant & community engagement initiatives, Increased health, nutrition, and family services, and bilingual reproductive health counselor
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital- Be Well Children’s Health
  • Nantucket Food, Fuel, & Rental Assistance- Fresh Food Produce Program at Nantucket Food Pantry