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Rock Solid Grants Ventures

Launched in 2020, the Rock Solid Grants are administered by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and supported by Remain Ventures. The grants provide funds to Nantucket-based small businesses to ensure their continued contribution toward a strong local economy.

The Vision

Funding to support grants for Nantucket-based small businesses to ensure their continued contribution toward a strong island economy.

The Mission

The Rock Solid Grants are administered by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce as part of their overall mission to foster, promote and advocate for Nantucket’s economic vitality.

The Project

was made possible through Remain Ventures.

Keep the Rock Solid

Rock Solid Grants Program

Supporting Nantucket businesses with annual grants

With the support of Remain Ventures, the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce established the Rock Solid Grants program in late 2020 with the purpose of providing micro-grants to help local, established businesses accelerate their recovery from the economic challenges of Covid-19. The program continues today, providing grants to Nantucket-based small entrepreneurs to launch or grow businesses across the island.


To date, grants have gone toward upgrading technology, purchasing equipment or resourcing innovative systems that reduce a business’ consumption of goods and products that contribute to waste. Funds may also be used as critical startup support for things like filings for patents and IP protection, market research and professional development.


Ideally, applicants will use the grant support to execute an innovative project that ensures the growth and economic stability of their business while serving as a positive role model for others in the entrepreneurial community.


For more information about the grant program, please contact the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.


Rock Solid Grants Qualification Criteria​

  • The current or proposed business must be for-profit, with primary operations on
  • If the application is for an existing business, it must have generated revenue and
    profit in the previous calendar year.
  • If the application is for a new business, there must be a well-developed business
    plan for producing revenue in the current calendar year.
  • Businesses that have received prior grants are eligible, although priority will be
    given to those who have not already benefited from this grant program.


Application Process and Timeline

The Chamber is utilizing an online system for the submission of grant applications.  All
applications must go through this system—PDF or word document versions will not be
accepted as they have been in the past.  A Spanish-language version of the application
is available.

Washashore Farm

With a Rock Solid Grant the farmers purchased two washing stations for root vegetables and eggs that reduced labor time and led to an increase in sales

Supple Sirens

A Rock Solid Grant led to the purchase of equipment that reduced production time, decreased materials wasted and increased sales

Peraner Landscaping

Through a Rock Solid Grant, the business purchased electric equipment that has reduced fuel consumption by 50% and at the same time reduced noise pollution

Partner: Nantucket Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber has been a key partner in supporting the island’s economic success as well as that of the tourism industry. Through the MORE campaign, the Chamber also supports a greener and healthier island for all visitors and islanders alike.

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Resources and Press


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