Martha’s Vineyard organizations awarded state grants


Governor Deval Patrick announced Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) grants on Tuesday totaling nearly $5.2 million to support new capital projects that include several Island organizations and projects, according to a press release.

CFF grants range from $7,000 to $250,000, and must be matched with funds from private and/or other public sources.

The CFF awarded the Martha’s Vineyard Museum $191,100 to develop final designs for the Museum’s new home on the site of the former U.S. Marine Hospital on the bluff above Lagoon Pond Road. The grant will also go towards renovation of the old hospital building and the construction of a new program and collections center on site, the press release said.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society received a grant for $17,200 to complete construction of its new 177-seat multi-function theatre, built in 2012 in the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven. The funds will also go towards the purchase of integrated equipment to help the facility run more efficiently.

The Vineyard Playhouse Company’s grant of $100,000 will be used for the complete renovation, restoration, and expansion of its historic playhouse on Church Street in Vineyard Haven. The Playhouse was built in 1833 as a Methodist meetinghouse. The new facility will include a two-story theater, workshop studio, art gallery space, and administrative offices.

The theater closed in November 2011 to begin renovations. The project was started with funds from donations and grants from the Tisbury Community Preservation Fund and other foundations. The playhouse’s board has been working to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project in order to re-open this year, artistic and executive director MJ Bruder Munafo told The Times in January.

The CFF is a state initiative created as part of a major economic stimulus bill approved by the Massachusetts Legislature in July 2006, according to the fund’s website. To date, the CFF has awarded $54.8 million in grants to 269 cultural organizations across Massachusetts.