ReMain uses a combination of research and advocacy to strengthen the sustainability of Nantucket's downtown district. With these tools, ReMain helps address the Island’s seasonal challenges and works to keep the downtown a center of activity for the community year-round.

To better understand the nature of Nantucket’s downtown community, we have worked with various research groups such as the Urban Land Institute and hosted prominent speakers like Douglas Loescher from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Streets Program. Recently, ReMain helped to establish the Nantucket Cultural District and commissioned EBP, an economic and research firm, to do an inventory and study of the cultural programming offered throughout the year.  

We are proud of our partnership with the Community Foundation for Nantucket. They administer the ReMain Nantucket Fund grants, supporting nonprofits who work to make the downtown vibrant and the Island more sustainable. In addition, the Community Engagement Fund offers reimbursements to qualified nonprofits who host meetings, public programs, and educational opportunities in the downtown.

For more stories about ReMain Philanthropy’s own work in enhancing the downtown’s vitality, visit our Archives page.