PEMV: Emergency Response Fund Grants

Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha's Vineyard

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: All fields of work Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Dukes County, Massachusetts

Location of residency: Dukes County, Massachusetts

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Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard Launches Emergency Response Fund

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard has launched the Emergency Response Fund in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to address urgent needs that face Islanders and their families. The Emergency Fund seeks to shore up the invaluable role of Island non-profits when crisis hits, whether it’s today’s public health emergency or future crisis facing the Vineyard from natural disasters to financial. The fund was established with a $25,000 seed grant from the Endowment with the hope and expectation that donors will build upon that modest base. We have received over $185,000 from generous donors, including a $100,000 grant from the Barr Foundation.   

In another response to the challenges facing our community, the Endowment has collaborated with the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority to assist renters unable to meet their rent payments due to the economic fallout from the pandemic. For a description of this program, please click here.  Applications for rental relief may be found on the DCRHS website. Donors particularly interested in this issue may earmark their donations for this program.

As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving day-by-day, the Endowment will continue to reassess both need and the requirements for support from the Emergency Response Fund.

Grants will be considered for operational and programatic support on a rolling, weekly basis.

We will consider requests from nonprofits whose operations have been affected by the current crisis and are struggling to keep their staff employed.

In the long term, if needed, we will consider requests from nonprofits impacted due to inability to hold events and fundraisers.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • This fund will make grants to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization.


  • Priority will be given to nonprofits working on the frontline assisting our most vulnerable neighbors.

This page was last reviewed June 13, 2020 and last updated June 13, 2020