The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Charitable Foundation has awarded 20 local organizations and community groups $27,000 in various sums under its spring 2008 grant program.

The recipients include Aquinnah Cultural Center, Dolby Look Rebello Scholarship Golf Tournament, Friends of Family Planning, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Island Theatre Workshop, Lia Kahler for the Still the Hunger Concert, and Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

Also, Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council, Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Programs, Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Martha’s Vineyard Little League, Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and the Vineyard Playhouse.

With more than $1 million in assets, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Charitable Foundation has been providing financial assistance and volunteers to support the Island community for the past four years in the areas of health and human service programs, youth and education initiatives, economic development and community partnership programs, the arts and culture.

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Charitable Foundation was funded by the bank to financially contribute to meeting the needs of all segments of the Vineyard community. The foundation reviews grant requests four times a year and encourages Island nonprofits and community service organizations to apply.

More information about the foundation and its community grant program is available at the bank’s Web site,