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CFN’s Remain Nantucket Fund Nantucket

The Community Foundation for Nantucket's Remain Nantucket Fund provides grants to organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status, municipalities or religious organizations that deliver programs and services to Nantucket residents.

The Vision

Administered by the Community Foundation for Nantucket, the Remain Nantucket Fund provides grants to island nonprofits. 

The Mission

The Remain Nantucket Fund delivers grants that align with Remain’s work to envision a prosperous future for Nantucket by tapping into its extraordinary human and natural resources.

The Project

was made possible by Remain Nantucket.

Grants to Support Island Nonprofits

Annual Grant Program

The Remain Nantucket Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Nantucket

Since its launch, Remain has supported Nantucket nonprofits to bring vitality to the island community and to encourage sustainable practices. In the early days of Remain, each grant recipient was asked to provide a plan for how to become a more sustainable organization—using fewer plastics, encouraging multimodal transportation and making greener choices for energy consumption. Remain’s focus of support to nonprofits expanded in 2019 to provide professional development opportunities for its leaders. The Community Foundation for Nantucket has administered grants from the Remain Nantucket Fund since 2016.


“We believed that if we could help train the executive directors and fundraisers, we would see stronger organizations across the board,” said Cecil Barron Jensen, executive director of Remain. “The Community Foundation for Nantucket has administered grants from the Remain Nantucket Fund since 2016. They offer professionalism and expertise in grant management and we are proud of the work they have done our our behalf.”


The Community Foundation for Nantucket offers nonprofits the opportunity to apply for grants from the Remain Nantucket Fund once a year. All applications must meet one of the following criteria:


Enhance Nantucket’s Cultural Vitality—Program Grants

  • Boost cultural activity island-wide
  • Nonprofit/private collaborative programming


Encourage Better Leaders and Organizations—Professional Development Grants

  • Leadership and governance training
  • Financial management training or tools
  • Fundraising or strategic planning consulting
  • Feasibility studies


Support Environmental Sustainability—Project Grants

  • Green or sustainable projects such as LED lighting and innovative technology
  • Feasibility studies or planning for critical green or sustainable projects


All interested nonprofits must file an application with the Community Foundation for Nantucket. Grants will be awarded to only organizations that have met all deadlines for project reporting, and accountability for any previous grants.


Cultural Programming

The Remain Fund support programs designed to encourage cultural activities island-wide

Professional Development

Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants to support staff and board training

Environmental Sustainability

The Remain Fund supports innovative green projects designed with the environment in mind

Partner: Community Foundation for Nantucket

The Community Foundation for Nantucket’s mission is to strengthen Nantucket now and for future generations through thoughtful philanthropy and community leadership. In addition to administering the Remain Nantucket Fund, CFN offers other grant opportunities, scholarships, donor advised funds and tools that support the island community. 

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By the Numbers

For the last eight years, nonprofits island-wide have benefitted from the Remain Nantucket Fund. Granting has boosted programming, professional and strategic development and environmental projects. Community Foundation for Nantucket’s administration of the grants is an asset to the betterment of the community.

  • 278

    Nonprofit projects supported
  • 10

    Annual community luncheons
  • 3.5

    Million dollars granted since 2016
  • 1

    Grant cycle per year
“When we were asked by Remain Nantucket to manage their grantmaking in 2016, we were honored to accept. Since then, the fund has supported Nantucket nonprofits with grants in excess of $3.5 million in pursuit of their mission and in aid of their goals to boost vitality, support nonprofit leaders and imagine a greener future for Nantucket. ”

Executive Director, Community Foundation for Nantucket

Resources and Press


Read the latest news about Remain Nantucket, Remain Ventures and our many island partners who are working to make the community more sustainable, viable and resilient. Please come back frequently for updates.

The Sunny Side

N Magazine (September 1, 2023) — A quick chat with the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s new executive director, Sunny Daily. Read the full interview by Robert Cocuzzo here.

Nantucket Community

Remain Nantucket is committed to supporting the evolution of a healthy year-round community across the island. Remain taps into continuous dialogue to identify challenges and explore solutions. By supporting resourceful thinking and research, Remain builds on Nantucket’s traditions of independence and innovation while adding expertise from a worldwide network. Remain Nantucket, LLC engages in charitable work and community investments as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

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