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.
Examples of funded projects include:
In 2004, the Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with $100,000 in grants to various Nantucket organizations.
In 2008, the Club pledged $50,000 towards the restoration and relocation of the 150 year-old Sankaty Head Lighthouse.
In 2011, the Club granted $20,000 to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation toward the purchase of the 110-acre University of Massachusetts Field Station on Polpis Road; a year-round facility used for education, research and community service programs on Nantucket.
In 2016 and 2017 the Club donated a total of $50,000 to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. This grant was given to enhance the landscaping for the new hospital after it was built.
Smaller requests that have been funded include:
New plantings at the entrance to Sherburne Commons.
Plantings for the India Street Pocket Park was granted in 2006.
In 2019, the Club provided a grant to Small Friends to enhance their Butterfly Garden.
Each year in August, the Club hosts a House & Garden Tour to fund the grant and scholarship programs.
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 expected.
If you are interested in receiving a grant from the Nantucket Garden Club, please fill out the Community Grant Application Form and submit it by email to INFO@ NANTUCKETGARDENCLUB.ORG by July, 15.