Farm Neck Foundation announces $50,000 in grants to Island nonprofits

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The Farm Neck Foundation board of directors announced its list of recipients for 2015 grants totaling $50,267. The Farm Neck Foundation is an independent charitable corporation created by Farm Neck Golf Club to provide charitable assistance exclusively for Martha’s Vineyard, according to a press release.

Grants went to the following groups: Island Community Chorus ($2,950 to help fund a 20th anniversary concert); the Farm Institute ($1,265 to fund a beekeeping program with the purchase of a “Flow Hive,” bees, and other materials); Martha’s Vineyard Community Services ($6,500 to help with outreach for an elder abuse prevention program); Biodiversity Works ($5,929 to fund two seasonal intern positions for 2016); Creative Entrepreneur with Opportunities ($2,700 to fund the publication “I Am a CEO, Women in Small Business”); the Polly Hill Arboretum ($3,273 to purchase a rototiller); the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society ($2,500 to help fund the second annual “Nature as Inspiration” Environmental Film Festival); the Martha’s Vineyard Museum ($5,000 to support a yearlong exhibit on the whaling industry on Martha’s Vineyard); the Nature Conservancy ($4,000 to purchase a walk-behind brush cutter to aid in sandplain grassland restoration); Healthy Aging Task Force ($2,970 to provide supplies and materials for the second year of the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” program; Featherstone Center for the Arts ($6,000 to help fund the arts component of the Memory Support Group Program); Niantic Park Playground Project ($5,000 to help fund the groundcover for the playground); Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival ($2,500 to help bring filmmakers and special guests to speak at the Film Festival); Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc. ($3,180 to help fund the continuance of the Martha’s Vineyard Shell Recovery Partnership).