Vermont’s future depends on the economic advancement of the state’s women and girls. The Vermont Women’s Fund was established in 1994 to support women and girls in Vermont through collective philanthropic giving. Today, the Fund focuses its support on Vermont’s young women and girls, ages 12 to 25, with a strategic emphasis on programs that offer financial literacy and job and life-skill training.
In 2015, the Vermont Women’s Fund made 16 grants totaling $250,700.
Vermont Women’s Fund 2015 Competitive Grants
Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro received $10,000 for their Smart Moves program, which supports young women 15-19 years old to stay in school, develop a plan for post-secondary education or training, learn leadership and communication skills, seek out healthy relationships, and make choices that support a healthy lifestyle.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes received $10,000 for WINGS: Women INspiring Girls' Success. WINGS will recruit women to serve as mentors to young women at the Boys & Girls Club. Through weekly meetings and monthly special activities, girls will be encouraged to see beyond their current circumstances and develop a vision for their future.
Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center received $10,000 for the MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program, an intense, multi-day health career exploration experience for high school students as part of a career pipeline program. The program exposes them to a variety of careers, professionals, and health facilities, and supports their interest in pursuing a health career.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains received $10,000 to support Girls Rock the Capitol, an internship and mentoring program that matches high-school-aged girls with female state legislators to help them learn about civic engagement, advocacy, public speaking, and women’s empowerment.
Governor's Institutes of Vermont received $10,000 to help girls from low-income backgrounds attend their residential co-ed and single-sex academic and creative learning programs which use a model proven to increase confidence and self-esteem and raise academic and career aspirations among young women over the short and long term.
HOPE Works received $10,000 to support their 'Stronger Than...' Campaign: Building Resiliency and Life Skills for Girls, which helps young women build resilience in the face of societal messages about their 'inevitable' path into sexual exploitation or cycles of violence.
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center received $6,000 for Women In Wind, a program designed to help young women become leaders, strong communicators, and scientists through the sport of sailing.
Northeast Kingdom Youth Services received $1,700 for their GLAM (Girls Learning (that) Aggression Matters!) program, which will provide young women ages 15-25 years old with an open and safe forum for discussion of healthy relationships and how to identify, address, and prevent violence and aggression in its many forms.
ReSOURCE received $5,000 to help ReSOURCE YouthBuild recruit and enroll more young women in their construction trade skills training and alternative high school completion program for disadvantaged youth.
Sara Holbrook Community Center received $5,000 to support the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP), a program that takes underserved young women in the Burlington area on a journey through self-discovery using teambuilding activities, bi-weekly dialogue sessions, meetings with community leaders, service-learning opportunities, and other experiential learning activities.
Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy received $10,000 for their 2015 Teens at Risk Program, which helps young women develop patience, perseverance, bravery, teamwork, and creative problem-solving skills with the support of mentors, mounted lessons, workshops, business classes, and work opportunities.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps received $10,000 to support their Building Skills and Self-Confidence in Young Women program which engages young women in trail building and conservation efforts. Participants will gain self-confidence and professional, technical, leadership, and interpersonal skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Additional 2015 Grants
Vermont Works for Women, acting as the campaign’s fiscal agent, received three grants totaling $143,000 to support the Change the Story. This campaign is a partnership between the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women. The initiative aims to align policy, program, and philanthropy to significantly improve women's economic status in Vermont. These grants supported the research efforts engagement with stakeholders, and dissemination and outreach.
Vermont Works for Women received $10,000 to support the Rosie's Girls and STEM mentoring project within the Women Can Do conference and Rosie's Girls camp partnership with Vermont Technical College. This grant was part of a collective funding effort with the McClure Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation to support an initiative sitting squarely at the intersection of post-secondary education, women’s economic security, and workforce development.