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 is immediately established with $25,000 from existing sources with the hope and expectation that donors will build upon that modest base.


“The Permanent Endowment is uniquely positioned to deliver immediate financial relief to the many non-profit organizations that step up in times of crisis or emergency,” said Emily Bramhall, the Executive Director.  “This fund is specifically designed to be a rapid response vehicle to quickly get resources where they’re most needed.”


Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to 501.c.3 Island non-profits based on an application available here, and on the grant application page. 


“We want this fund to deliver relief and hope to the many non-profits that work on the front lines assisting our most vulnerable neighbors,” added board chair Anne Williamson. “We feel an obligation to do all we can to support our fragile safety net.”


Bramhall added that because 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.