At its annual meeting last month, the Edey Foundation awarded $73,700 to an array of Island nonprofit organizations. Awards went to BiodiversityWorks for monitoring beach nesting birds, The Farm Institute for signage for self-guided tours, Friends of Sengekontacket for the Saturday children’s program, Great Pond Foundation for boat trailers, Lagoon Pond Association for website development, Massachusetts Audubon Society for school-based natural history programs and citizen science, Martha’s Vineyard Commission for a coastal ponds website, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group for shell recycling, The Nature Conservancy for oyster bed restoration, Sea Run Brook Trout for Mill River study, The Trustees of Reservations for shorebird protection, Vineyard Conservation Society for conservation restriction monitoring at TNC reserve, and the West Tisbury Library Foundation/Polly Hill for demonstration landscaping.

The foundation was created in 1988 by the late Maitland Edey of Seven Gates Farm to provide funds for conservation on Martha’s Vineyard. The annual grant awards are given to nonprofit organizations and are to be used specifically for work on the Island.