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Island Grown Initiative

$1 Million Capacity-Building Grant for Island Grown Initiative's New Island Food Center

To meet the growing need of the Martha's Vineyard Community, Island Grown Initiative has been rewarded a $1 million grant to construct the Island Food Center. The new building will not only give the Island Food Pantry a permanent location, but also provides appropriate warehouse and office space for local organizations working in food equity.

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Of the many non-profits funded in prior years, larger awards included grants for the following:

  • Martha's Vineyard Little League - a grant to cover the cost of player uniforms and hats, new equipment and supplies, and a limited number of scholarships.
  • Penikese Island School - a grant to provide 4th- 12th graders from Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard access to place based experiential education on a remote, 75-acre uninhabited island.
  • Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group - a grant to support this all-volunteer group's mission to provide emotional and financial support to Island cancer patients and their families.
  • Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center - a grant to fund scholarships for year-round Island students.
  • Neighborhood Falmouth - a grant to support scholarships to this community-based nonprofit membership organization with the mission to help seniors live independently.
  • Falmouth Housing Trust - a grant to support the organization's mission of developing and maintaining sustainable, affordable workforce housing for the benefit of Falmouth residents.
  • Great Pond Foundation - a grant for MV Cyano, a collaborative initiative among the Island Boards of Health and the Great Pond Foundation to monitor cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) on Martha's Vineyard.

Martha's Vineyard Bank is innovative in its approach to community giving by using its good fortune to help solve large-scale community challenges. The passion of the Bank's namesake Foundation's work is truly a collaboration of Martha's Vineyard Bank employees together with community partners.

Placing your trust and banking with Martha's Vineyard Bank results in direct support of your community with the efforts of the Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation.

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