Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard announces spring grants


In its spring grant cycle, the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard awarded more than $43,000 to Island nonprofits. Awards were given to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, MV Chamber Music Society, MV Association of EMTs, MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, MV Shellfish Group, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, The Farm Institute, Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee of the Town of Aquinnah, Sense of Wonders Creations, and The Yard, according to a press release.

“The Island’s nonprofits, and the talented, dedicated people who work on their behalf, enrich the Island Community immeasurably,” chairman of the Endowment’s board of trustees Melissa McKee Hackney said in a press release. “The Endowment, through its biannual grant program, supports and encourages these efforts which improve so many lives in so many ways.”

The Permanent Endowment Fund has been the Island’s community foundation since 1982 and now has more than $8.2 million in assets dedicated to providing grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships for Vineyard students.

The Endowment’s next grant cycle will be in the fall. All grant applications must be postmarked September 15 or received via email on or before September 15. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. More information is available at