Nonprofit Resource Center

The Nonprofit Resource Center is a FREE joint program of MVNC and the Oak Bluffs Public Library for Islanders.

The primary feature of the Center is GrantWatch, a comprehensive online database of available grants that is very easy to search (see more below). The Center also offers training on GrantWatch, grant writing, and research workshops and has reference section with over 60 publications for Board Members, Executive Directors, and Development Managers on a variety of nonprofit management topics including grant writing, fundraising, governance, and marketing.  

The Resource Center and GrantWatch are made possible by a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Use the nonprofit center


Reference Librarian at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, 508-693-9433 ext. 145. 

Library & Resource Center Hours

The building is closed due to Covid-19. GrantWatch assistance is available! Please read this guide on how to prepare for your grant search. Then, contact the OB Library or MVNC to help search for grants.


 Publications at the Oak Bluffs Library

The special Reference Library for Nonprofits has over 60 publications for Board Members, Executive Directors, and Development Managers. Download the list of the publications sorted by category below. Note - items designed for Board members are highlighted with a "B".

Talk to an expert


Set up a consulting appointment to talk to an MVNC expert about your nonprofit questions or issues. Contact us at:

Get trained


MVNC volunteer consultants experienced in grant writing and nonprofit governance available to train you on the databases and help answer your questions on grant writing and nonprofit governance and operations. Contact us at 508-645-3690 or

About Grantwatch

The GrantWatch database provides access to over 19,000 grant opportunities, employing many search filters for you to narrow down results relevant to YOUR organization easily.

This service is free for all Islanders. To use GrantWatch, or be trained to use it, drop-in anytime or schedule an appointment for research assistance with the Reference Librarian at 508-693-9433 ext. 145. This service replaces the Foundation Center database.


Attend an event

The MVNC  hosts capacity building workshops for nonprofits each year, including grant writing and research, and how to navigate. Click the Workshop and Event button below for more info.

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