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Meristems, the bi-annual newsletter of the Polly Hill Arboretum, received the Dorothy E. Hansell Publication Award for newsletters and special publications at the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) annual meeting early this summer. Nancy Weaver, Volunteer Coordinator and Plant Recorder at the Arboretum, received the award from Daniel Stark, executive director of APGA and Marnie Conley of Longwood Gardens. Left to right: Daniel Stark, Marnie Conley, and Nancy Weaver. — Photo courtesy of Polly Hill Arboretum

Farm Neck Foundation grants

Island nonprofit organizations “whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the Martha’s Vineyard community” are invited to apply for a Farm Neck Foundation grant this month.

The foundation provides “charitable assistance to the Island community in the form of donations and grants to civic-minded organizations in need of funding,” according to a press release. Special consideration is given “to innovative approaches to problems or needs that cannot get funding through traditional sources.”

Proposals should describe a “specific project, its potential benefits, budgetary requirements, and grant amount requested along with two (2) letters of support from sources outside of the organization.”

Proposals must be received by November 1, 2011, and may be sent to: Farm Neck Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

For more information, contact Jude Tucker, jtucker@farmneck.net.

Tower Foundation grant

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation has announced the availability of the Mental Health Reference and Resource Materials Mini-Grant, which is to assist mental health providers purchase reference and resource materials. The deadline for the application is October 31, 2011. For more information, refer to thetowerfoundation.org.

Women in History

Phyllis Vecchia Creative Drama will offer an enrichment program to students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at the Tisbury School. Called Women In History, the program will use theater to study the lives of prominent women — Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, a female athlete, and the history of Title IX, the Suffragists, Phillis Wheatley, and Marina Silva (a rain forest advocate from Brazil).

The program is supported by Mal Jones, his partner, Francie Desmone, and the town of Tisbury. This is the second year of the program at the Tisbury School.

For more information, please contact Phyllis Vecchia at 508-696-8738.

Polly Hill newsletter award

Meristems, the bi-annual newsletter of the Polly Hill Arboretum, received the Dorothy E. Hansell Publication Award for newsletters and special publications at the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) annual meeting early this summer.

Nancy Weaver, Volunteer Coordinator and Plant Recorder at the Arboretum, received the award from Daniel Stark, executive director of APGA and Marnie Conley of Longwood Gardens.

The Arboretum’s newsletter is mailed to members twice a year.

Funding for artists

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts has established a new program through which grant money will be provided to Island artists.

The goal is to support artists of all disciplines in the exploration and development of creative ideas. All media — visual and performing arts, writing, film, and any art-related subjects will be considered.

For more information, refer to the Center’s website, artmv.org, or contact Renee Balter at 508-696-7643.