American history for college credit

ACE MV (Adult Community Education) is offering a history course for college credit this fall in connection with Cape Cod Community College, where it is known as History 103-67. The course is an introductory survey from the European invasion of North America through the mid 19th century period of the Civil War and Reconstruction

The class will be taught by Elaine Cawley Weintraub, PhD, chairman of the social studies department at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS). Ms. Weintraub will use local resources like the M.V. Museum and Island authors in the course.

The cost of the class, $523, is the same as at the college campus in Barnstable, so Islanders will save time and travel costs by taking the course here. The first class is scheduled for 9 am on Saturday, October 15, at MVRHS. The course runs through January 7, 2012.

Lynn Ditchfield, director of ACE, said that the course was ideal for students who need a few more credits to qualify for a bachelor’s degree. MVRHS students may also take the course, to get a jump on their college requirements. For more information, contact Lynn Ditchfield, or 508-627-8373.

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,

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