The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard awarded $27,550 in grants to 12 Island organizations this fall. The grants will help support the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard, Island Grown Initiative, Island Housing Trust Corporation, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Sail Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Bellydance and Revue, Vineyard House, Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Yard.

The Permanent Endowment Fund is the Island’s community foundation. Established in 1982, its resources are focused exclusively on addressing the needs of the Vineyard. The fund has more than $6.5 million in assets. More information is available at or by calling 508-338-4665.