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 June 1, 2023.

  1. Submit applications by September 15, 2023. Please send applications to Sunny Daily at
  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 2023 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



Current 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

Previous 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

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