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 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
  • 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 services
  • 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.

  1. Submit applications by the deadline of 4:30pm on May 9, 2019. Please send applications to Jeanne Miller and Carlisle Jensen via email: jmiller@cfnan.org and cjensen@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 2019 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

Nantucket Fund Grant Application – Word

Nantucket Fund Grant Application – PDF

Current Nantucket Fund Grants

2019-2020 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

Previous Nantucket Fund Grants

2018-2019 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 

2017-2018 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