Who can submit a grant request?

Any not-for-profit organization with Internal Revenue Service 501 (c) (3) status may apply for a grant from the Permanent Endowment.  Local government agencies also may apply.  The programs we support primarily serve Martha’s Vineyard and benefit the people of our community.

Grant Review Process

The Permanent Endowment is a family of funds, each with its own name and purpose. These funds have been established by individual donors, families and organizations as a way to provide support to enhance the quality of life on Martha’s Vineyard.

In general, grants range in size from $1,000 to $5,000. Application materials are available on this website. The Endowment’s staff reviews all applications and follows up on missing information or with questions regarding a submission. An incomplete application will be deferred until all of the necessary information has been provided.

Organizations submitting complete requests for funding will be scheduled to meet with representatives of the Endowment’s Board. Typically, an organization’s executive director and project manager, as well as a representative of the board, participate in these 15 minute meetings. The purpose is to provide grant seekers the opportunity to describe their organization, discuss their proposal, amplify information provided in the written application and answer questions about the project. Sessions are informal and designed to provide a better understanding of a project’s goals, activities to be undertaken and anticipated impact on the community. In some cases, additional information may be requested to help clarify a project.

Applications are reviewed by the Endowment’s Board which votes on each request and determines the amount of every grant approved.  All applicants are notified of the Board’s action, usually within a few weeks of the Board’s decision.

Organizations receiving grants from the Endowment are required to submit a final report on program activities within a year of the grant award.  The report consists of a narrative on the outcome of the initiative and a final financial accounting.  Subsequent requests for support will not be considered until all reports for prior grants have been received.

When should grant applications be submitted?

In 2015, The Endowment transitioned to offer one grant cycle per year in the Fall.  The deadline for applications is listed in the calendar section of our website and announced in the local press.

Are specific forms required for grant applications?

Yes. All grant requests must use the Endowment’s application form. Letters or other written requests will not be considered. All documentation requested, including evidence of your organization’s tax exempt status, must be submitted along with the application. Incomplete applications will be deferred until the Endowment has received all of the required information.  Organizations that have received grants from the Permanent Endowment in the past must file final narrative and financial reports for those grants in order to be considered for a new grant.

How often may I apply?

Organizations may apply as frequently as they wish.

For organizations with multiple subsidiaries, each subsidiary is viewed independently for grant purposes allowing the parent organization to submit more than one grant application each cycle. Subsidiaries, however, are required to adhere to the same limitations on applications as other nonprofit organizations. For the subsidiaries of an organization to qualify for this allowance, they must serve different populations.  arent organizations also are encouraged to coordinate and prioritize the grant requests submitted by their subsidiaries.

What period of time does a grant cover?

Grants are awarded for periods of up to one year.  In some cases, such as for a summer program, grants for programs of shorter duration may be considered.

What will the Endowment not fund?

The Endowment will not consider grants for political purposes, religious causes or projects benefitting members of a specific church or religious denomination, agency endowments or for individuals, other than for scholarships or educational programs as determined by a fund’s special provisions.

How much can I request?

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 for a one year period.  Some grants are made for larger amounts but these are rare and, in most cases, reflect a specific fund’s aims or provisions.

Does the Endowment consider emergency requests for funding?

Yes. Requests for funding outside of the Endowment’s annual grant cycle may be considered in an emergency.  A letter outlining the need is required.

Can an off Island organization submit a grant request?

Yes, if the services provided take place on the Island, are for the benefit of the people of Martha’s Vineyard and have a clear linkage to improving this community’s quality of life.

For more information

Contact us at 508-338-4665 or by email, below.

Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard - The Island's Community Foundation