Expansion Grants

Organizations that enrich the lives of young people on Martha's Vineyard through quality programs and services are eligible to receive funding for capital investments that will expand their capacity to make a positive impact on Island children, teens and young adults. MVYouth will support organizations ready to take quantum leaps forward. Grants are generally not awarded to organizations that are supported by tax-payers dollars or to sustain operating budgets. 


Selection Process

Phase 1
Prospective applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by October 1 to the Executive Director stating the name, goals and approximate budget of the proposal. Please email letters to lindseyscott@mvyouth.com. The Executive Director will determine whether proposals meet MVYouth's funding criteria before the application process begins.

Phase 2
Eligible applicants must complete the application by October 15. Using our assessment tool, the MVYouth Advisory Board will review all applicants and identify the semifinalists.

Phase 3
The Advisory Board will interview all semifinalists before making funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Phase 4
The Board of Trustees will identify the Expansion Grant recipients in February. Grants will be awarded at a public ceremony at the West Tisbury Library in late February.


Application Links

Click the application link below to get started. Save your work as you go and submit your application when you are complete.  All application materials must be submitted electronically by the application due date in order to be considered. Please email Lindsey Scott at lindseyscott@mvyouth.com if you have any questions.

Expansion Grant Application


Evaluation criteria

Capable leadership
Well-devised plan

Stable finances
Community impact
Evidence of collaboration
Sustainability projections
Readiness to begin