Grant Research

Massachusetts Residents can research from home by signing up for a Boston Public Library e-card and accessing The Foundation Directory Online. (Available off-site from BPL during Covid-19 pandemic closures ONLY.)

Link for access to BPL’s “Now off-site” resources.

The Oak Bluffs library is designated as the local resource center for grant research, where both electronic and print resources are accessible for free to the public.

Thanks to the collaboration of Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts (AGM), Oak Bluffs Public Library, and the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative, supported with a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Island non-profit grant seekers have a comprehensive outlet for grant research at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

Not sure where to start?

Both library Reference staff and the M.V. Nonprofit Collaborative can provide research assistance, either by appointment or drop-in.

Interested in finding grant makers? How about other projects and organizations who have been successfully funded on the Cape and the Islands?

We can show you how to use GrantWatch, a research database that can help narrow down the answers to these questions, as well as providing access to over 12,000 grant opportunities. The key to using the electronic resources is employing search filters that allow you to easily narrow down results relevant for YOUR organization. In addition to GrantWatch, we house a cooperating collection of print materials.

To make an appointment with MVNC to provide support for your non-profit initiative, contact:

Jackie Friedman Psy.D at 508-560-5181 or send an E-mail to Website:

Please speak to a library staff member to learn how to access the circulating collection, or the research database Grantwatch.

Due to Covid-19, this resource is currently unavailable. Please call or email the library if you need a staff member to run a search for you. or 508-693-9433

The resource center may be used during the library’s open hours.