The Northeast Kingdom Fund is philanthropy by the Kingdom and for the Kingdom—though we have discovered that many people who live far from this deeply rural part of the state will support grantmaking in the region. With decisions made by a group of local residents, the small grants given through the Fund are making a big difference in Vermont’s most isolated region.
In 2015, the Northeast Kingdom Fund made 24 grants totaling $59,560.
AWARE received $2,500 to support the Legal Assistance Project, which assists survivors of sexual and domestic violence with funds to obtain legal representation in family court proceedings.
Brighton Elementary School received $1,000 to support a third year of “Cultural Buffet,” a series of fieldtrips that expose students to art and other cultures.
Catamount Film & Arts received $5,000 to support the KCP Presents Performing Arts Series, which aims to strengthen community through music, theater, and dance events in the Kingdom.
Coutts-Moriarty Camp received $1,000 to support North Country Supervisory Union's efforts to provide project-based learning opportunities for students that both instill a sense of purpose and highlight local science careers.
Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association received $1,000 to support the repair of two steel framed bridges spanning the Crystal Lake outlet.
Encore After School and Summer Programs and North Country Supervisory Union received $2,500 to support Encore Arts and Community Initiative and Encore After School and Summer Programs, which will promote student participation and skill development in the arts while modeling the relationship between healthy individuals and healthy communities.
Everybody Wins! Vermont received $2,000 to support reading mentor recruitment and planning in Barton and St. Johnsbury for the 2015-2016 school year.
Get Thee to the Funnery received $1,000 to support “The Funnery and Beyond,” scholarships for their summer program and seed money for a fund to send several Funnery staffers to do arts residencies in local schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
Global Campuses Foundation received $3,000 to support “Expanding Educational Horizons through the Power of Music,” which will create opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to explore their academic year theme of music from around the world.
Grass Roots Art and Community Effort (GRACE) received $1,000 to support “Amazing GRACE: Celebrating 40 years of Grass Roots Art & Community Effort,” which includes a retrospective, traveling exhibition of artwork, along with biographical profiles, historical texts, and a brochure celebrating the work created over the past 40 years.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) received $1,000 to support “The Backpack Program,” which provides 60 backpacks of food each week to area children to help nourish them through the weekend.
Jeudevine Memorial Library received $1,960 to support “Stories, Music, and Movement for Tots,” a program of creative storytelling, music, and movement geared for toddlers but open to kids of all ages.
Lyndonville Village Improvement Society received $1,000 to support the purchase and installation of an ADA-approved pool lift which will be used to help individuals with disabilities to enter and exit the community swimming pool.
NEK Kids on the Move received $5,000 to support outdoor recreation and nutrition programs for students in Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury, and Woodbury during the 2015-2016 school year.
North Country Union High School (NCUHS) received $2,300 to support a series of walking trails around Clyde Pond to be maintained by the North Country Academy, an alternative education program at NCUHS.
Northeast Kingdom Youth Services received $5,000 to support the JUMP Mentoring Program, which aims to improve the well-being of at-risk youth by providing a caring, trained adult community member that can support youth academically, socially, and personally.
Orleans County Historical Society received $2,500 to support the creation of bi-lingual tours, educational curriculum, signage and print collateral to make the museum accessible to both French and English speakers and promote the Kingdom’s richly diverse culture.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum received $2,000 to support the creation of videos which will allow the community to view parts of the Athenaeum’s art and book collections online.
St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center received $3,050 to support “Explore & Discover What’s New at St. J History & Heritage,” which aims to showcase new aquisitions with interactive displays in a new exhibit.
Troy School received $5,000 to build a greenhouse which will enhance the school’s dynamic farm-to-school program and expand opportunities for community engagement.
Vermont Foodbank received $2,500 to support the “Northeast Kingdom BackPack Program,” which provides low-income Vermont schoolchildren in the Northeast Kingdom with healthy food to eat on the weekend when federal meal assistance is unavailable.
Vermont River Conservancy received $3,500 to support a collaborative effort to expand water-based recreational opportunities on the Passumpsic River, while fostering flood resiliency, conservation, and ecological restoration in the watershed.
Vermont Works for Women received $3,750 to support the Dirt Divas mountain biking adventure program for girls in the Kingdom.
Wonder & Wisdom received $1,000 to support three artist-educator residencies which will support children's learning during four weeks of the 2016 Summer Journeys Camp Program.