Seven Vineyard nonprofits will share nearly $54,000 in emergency grants announced today by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.

This is the first round of grants for the endowment’s Emergency Response Fund, created to help Island nonprofits survive the coronavirus crisis. Grants will be awarded weekly to qualified nonprofits based on applications through the endowment’s website, according to today’s announcement. Totaling $53,860, this week’s grants go to the following organizations:

Dukes County Social Services, for emergency utility, fuel and food support;

Island Food Pantry, to support increased need;

Garden Gate Preschool, for rent support;

Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard, to address the immediate short-term housing needs of homeless Islanders;

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, for food delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank to the Island Councils on Aging;

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, to shelter domestic violence survivors and provide gas and food cards for clients suddenly in need;

Vineyard House, to cover the rent for residents who have been laid off and need the recovery support provided there.

The emergency fund began with $25,000 in seed money and has received more than $70,000 from 52 individual donors, according to the announcement. To donate online, visit