For over 60 years the Nantucket Garden Club has raised funds to provide grants to foster local interest in gardening, horticulture and landscape design and to improve the quality of the environment through land conservation and ecological initiatives.
Each year the Nantucket Garden Club selects projects to fund that are in line with the Club’s mission and purpose.
“The purposes of this Club shall be (a) to promote better knowledge and love of gardening, plants and flowers, and all branches of horticulture; (b) to conserve birds, wildflowers, native plants and trees, and the ecological well-being of Nantucket Island, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Nation, through direct contribution to civic, charitable and governmental institutions and funds that qualify as tax exempt; and (c) to raise and expend money for public benefit contributing to the beauty of the island.”
The Club’s Grant Program responds to funding requests from community groups and organizations that fit the above criteria. These requests can be for ongoing programs or seed money for new projects. The applications range from a few hundred dollars to much larger amounts.
The Grants Committee reviews applications that are received by July 15. All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance or rejection by September, 1. If the request is accepted, grant support will be payable at the same time. Progress reports are required.
2023 Community Grant Recipients
1. Nantucket Lighthouse School-Renovate and refurbish raised beds and refresh its pollinator garden
2. Maria Mitchell Association-Continuation of fifth grade tree planting project
3. Nantucket Island School of Design & the Arts-Purchase plants to complement the historic restoration of its building
4. Our Island Home-Purchase daffodils to plant on its property and replace planters
5. Sherburne Commons-Purchase plant material for its campus
6. Sustainable Nantucket-Purchase plants and a cultivator for its Farm-to-School program
7. Nantucket Housing Authority-Purchase plants and daffodils for its properties
8. Mass Audubon’s Nantucket Sanctuaries-Purchase project materials for its work to save an endemic species
9. Linda Loring Nature Foundation-Purchase interpretative signage for its native shrub phenology project
Civic Improvements and Grants Application
Submissions due by July 15.