Slough Farm launches new grant program

A group of kids move cows to a new pasture during the Slough Farm Super Silos 4-H program. —Courtesy Slough Farm

Slough Farm will be awarding up to $85,000 this year toward the development of Island-based nonprofit organizations through its new grant, the Slough Support Fund. 

 “The goal of this grant program is to support our fellow Island nonprofits with creative and thoughtful projects that are not easily funded by other grant programs, but will make a big impact on their mission-driven operations,” Slough Farm described the initiative behind this new grant in a press release.

Applications will open on April 8 and close May 15. 

Overseen and selected by year-round Slough Farm staff, projects chosen to be funded will be contacted by June 15.

Organization must be a Martha’s Vineyard based nonprofit to receive grant funding, and awarded funds must be used within the following calendar year.

Slough Farm has also announced another new initiative, a Child Care Subsidy Program. Working with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), the program was designed to make child care more accessible and affordable for Island families who do not qualify for the already existing subsidy programs. 

Families making 81% – 125% of the State Median Income are eligible. Families will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to subsidize their child care costs in a licensed child care program. Grant applications will be available beginning on March 18 and will be processed in the order they are received.