In addition to its customary grant levels ranging from about $1,000 to $5,000, the endowment has added a new impact grant class of $15,000 to $25,000.

“We received 14 impact grant applications totaling $334,000,” permanent fund executive director Emily Bramhall told a room full of local nonprofit representatives, volunteers and community members at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven.

The endowment chose two of the 14 applications to fully fund this year. The Great Pond Foundation is receiving $16,500 to gather data on the biology of Edgartown Great Pond, and the Island Food Pantry now has $25,000 with which to buy a refrigerated truck to bring fresh and frozen produce and other foods from the mainland to the Vineyard.

The complete story can be found on the Vineyard Gazette’s website here.

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