The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network will offer a $2,500 grant to a Vineyard-based business person who wishes to improve business skills, grow or improve an existing business, or start a new one.

The grant, offered for the second year by the four-year-old network, is open to all Vineyard business people, men and women, members and nonmembers. The winner will be announced at the year’s final Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network program on May 17.

“Our whole focus is providing continuing business education and networking opportunities for the Vineyard, [so] we wanted to make a direct contribution to someone who can or does enhance the Island,” Margo Urbany-Joyce, president of the network, said in a statement. “This will give someone an opportunity to take a class, buy software, train an employee, or even get the skills needed to start a new business.”

The deadline for the application, which can be found online at, is April 8. There is no application fee for members. Nonmembers will be asked to pay an application fee of $110, which will include a year’s membership to the network.

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