Since 2012, the Northeast Kingdom Fund has awarded more than 100 grants totaling more than $300,000 to nonprofits, municipalities, and schools serving the people of Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties.
2016 Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants
The Art House in Craftsbury received $4,500 to support a project that brings professional dancers and musicians into early childhood classrooms to develop executive functions through creative movement and music-making.
Brighton Elementary School received $1,000 to support field trips for middle school students to extend classroom learning. About one third of the school's population receives special education services and many students experience poverty first-hand.
The Town of Canaan received $2,500 to support a project where students will repair and restore the abandoned camp and sugarhouse in the Canaan Community Forest for public use.
Catamount Film & Arts received $4,000 to support arts integrated programming and professional development in two NEK Head Start centers in the 2016-17 school year.
Coutts-Moriarty Camp received $5,000 to support adding indoor rock climbing to their community recreation center, providing four-season access to a popular activity not currently available in either Orleans or Essex counties.
Craftsbury Public Library received $2,147.60 to support a reading program and purchasing more large print books for residents at the Craftsbury Community Care Center to help keep seniors active, thinking, and talking about reading.
Dailey Memorial Library received $1,500 to support the installation of three new computers and software for group projects, classes, and workshops serving four towns in Orleans County where many people don’t have access to high-speed internet at home.
North Country Supervisory Union received $4,000 to support educational programs about diversity in the Encore After School and Summer Programs. This grant is made in memory of Kingdom poet David Budbill, who cared deeply about social justice.
Friends of the Cobleigh Library received $4,000 to support Bookmobile literacy programs to increase children's vocabulary, listening skills, and other emergent literacy skills with read aloud programs that include discussion, singing, and fingerplays with younger children.
Greater Barton Arts Incorporated received $975 to support three week-long half day workshops emphasizing drawing, color theory, and painting for students ages six to 18.
Green Mountain Farm-to-School received $5,000 to support programs increasing access to local food and nutrition education by launching a local food marketing campaign at grocery stores in Barton, Craftsbury, Irasburg, Island Pond, and Newport.
Groton Free Public Library received $996 to support classes that will inspire movement, build community, and support children’s literacy skills with “Music Together,” an internationally-known enrichment program.
Hardwick Community Television received $3,230 to support free youth workshops with support of two local artists where local children and teens act in and help produce video adaptations of classic stories.
Leach Public Library received $2,812 to support the expansion of its afterschool program to offer Irasburg elementary school students a variety of high quality, diverse enrichment courses for the 2016-17 school year.
Museum of Everyday Life received $1,500 to offer free informative exhibitions, performances, events, and workshops to residents of the Northeast Kingdom.
NEK Kids on the Move received $4,000 to support mini-grants to area schools to foster lifelong healthy habits among youth by taking advantage of the region's abundant year-round recreational opportunities.
Northeast Kingdom All Star Band & Chorus received $850 to support educational and performance opportunities for Northeast Kingdom youth with the purchase of a sound system for rehearsals and small concerts.
Northeast Kingdom Human Services received $3,081 to support addiction recovery programs for individuals including peer support and family-focused materials that provide reinforcement for relatives of those living with addiction.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital received $2,238.40 to provide support for clients with chronic health conditions to maintain treatment and quality of life while under care.
St. Johnsbury’s Good Living Senior Center received $2,670 to support bus transportation for a series of day trips for seniors. The trips will be all inclusive and affordable to all area seniors regardless of income.
The Umbrella of St. Johnsbury received $5,000 to support the creation of youth-friendly spaces in their emergency shelter, Horizon House, which serves victims of intimate partner violence and their children.
Upright Steeple Society received $5,000 to support a project restoring the York Street Meeting House. The historic building was last painted with lead paint 50 years ago and must be scraped and repainted to make it safe for its intended use as a community gathering space.
Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) received $1,000 to support an initiative bringing Kingdom residents together, setting priorities, constructing action plans, leveraging resources, and advancing community and economic revitalization projects.
Vermont Foodbank received $4,000 to support the VeggieVanGo program in St. Johnsbury. VeggieVanGo aims to help people sustain a healthy lifestyle, providing students and hospital patients in St. Johnsbury with fresh produce.
VTDigger.org received $4,000 to support news coverage of the Northeast Kingdom counties, exploring issues and concerns important to the people the Northeast Kingdom through their renowned investigative journalism.
Vermont Works for Women received $5,000 to support Dirt Divas, an outdoor adventure-based camp for middle school girls, ages 11-16, which develops grit, connection, and a sense of expanded possibilities through mountain biking and bike repair.
2015 Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants
AWARE, Inc. 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 forstudents 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, Inc. 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.
2014 Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants
Albany Community School received $1,000 to support “Storylines,” a project to bring diverse storytellers and writers into the school and encourage students to tell their own stories.
Brighton Elementary School received $1,000 to support a second year of “Cultural Buffet.” This year’s theme is “Art, Justice, and Sushi.”
Catamount Film and Arts in St. Johnsbury received $2,000 to support the “Musaic” community mural project, which will engage four local schools and the Catamount Outback youth arts center.
Community Restorative Justice Center in St. Johnsbury received $3,175 to build and stock a resident supported food pantry with the Depot Square Residents Group.
Connecticut River Artisans Group in Canaan received $1,000 to support a community mural project.
Coutts-Moriarty Camp in Derby Center received $5,000 to support “The Long Paddle: from the Workshop to the River,” a project to build and paddle a voyager canoe down the Connecticut River.
Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District received $4,750 to support their native tree and shrub conservation nursery.
Four Seasons of Early Learning in Greensboro received $2,500 to support a new farm-to-preschool healthy eating program for children and parents.
Global Campuses Foundation in Hardwick, Newport, and St. Johnsbury received $4,950 to support student-created learning for adults with disabilities on the theme of “Celebrating Diversity, Respecting Differences.
Glover Historical Society received $4,000 to support interpretive signs on the “Northeast Kingdom Paths to History.”
St. Johnsbury Senior Citizen Center (d.b.a. Good Living Senior Center) in St. Johnsbury received $2,000 to support transportation and other expenses for cultural field trips for senior citizens.
Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport received $5,000 to support a region-wide farm-to-preschool program to nurture healthy food choices in early learners.
Lake Region Union High School in Barton received $1,000 to support the purchase of an apple cider press for a cross-curricular program in agriculture, nutrition, and business development.
Lowell Graded School received $600 for “Read with me!” a program encouraging parents to read with their children.
Museum of Everyday Life in Glover received $2,000 to support educator workshops during the museum’s 2015 season.
NEK Kids on the Move in Hardwick received $4,000 to support outdoor recreation and nutrition programs for Hardwick-area children.
Newport Community Justice Center received $2,000 to support “Community Commons” meetings to improve civic engagement in the city of Newport.
Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston received $2,000 to support upgrading the center’s aging ski equipment for winter outdoor programs.
Orleans County Historical Society - The Old Stone House in Brownington received $3,000 to support community activities around an archaeological survey of the original Orleans Grammar School.
Orleans Elementary School received $3,000 for an arts integration residency with Peter Gould of the New England Youth Theater and Get Thee to the Funnery Shakespeare Camps.
Peacham Acoustic Music Festival received $1,000 to support the 2015 Festival.
Peacham Community Housing received $940 to support the Lunch Box Exchange project at the Peacham Café, which provides healthy meals to area seniors.
Right Here Productions in Wolcott received $2,000 to support a statewide tour of “A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine,” by Wolcott poet David Budbill.
Spectrum Youth and Family Services in St. Johnsbury and Newport received $2,500 to support anti-violence programming for male perpetrators of domestic violence.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport received $1,000 to support “Now Playing Newport—A Vermont Music Series.”
The Foundry Workshop in Lyndonville received $3,000 to support a new Vermont Makers’ Space for business incubation and STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, and Math) programs.
Vermont Council on Rural Development received $5,000 to support the “Advancing NEK Community” project with community visits in Hardwick, Craftsbury, Brighton, and St. Johnsbury.
Vermont Foodbank received $5,000 to support the Backpack weekend food program for food insecure students around the Kingdom.
Vermont Works For Women received $5,000 to support the Dirt Divas mountain biking adventure program for girls in the Kingdom.
Wonder & Wisdom, Inc. in Greensboro received $1,000 to support the Summer Journeys Arts Residencies for Greensboro children.
2013 Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants
Alice M. Ward Memorial Library: $4,500 to support their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) after-school program.
Brighton Elementary School: $900 for their “Cultural Buffet,” a program for middle-schoolers which will include a field trip to the Hood Museum of Art, and a matinee performance of Japanese shadow theatre.
Catamount Arts: $3,000 to support Courageous Conversations Through Art, a monthly series of films, discussions, exhibits, and readings to engage the community on a variety of social issues.
Coyote Kids: $250 towards their outdoor experiential forest school for children ages 5-11.
Everybody Wins! Vermont: $2,000 to support volunteer recruitment and training for their mentorship programs in Barton and St. Johnsbury.
Get Thee to the Funnery: $1,000 to expand their Shakespeare programming into the school year in Orleans County.
Global Campuses Foundation: $1,200 for educational programming at Northeast Kingdom sites around the theme “Healthy Lives, Healthy Planet: Our Challenge.”
Green Mountain Farm-to-School: $5,000 to support their Lunchbox Mobile Market which offers hands-on cooking demos, taste-testing, and local food to promote healthy food choices.
Hardwick Area Food Pantry Inc.: $2,500 to support Growing Our Own, a program of workshops and opportunities integrating purchasing, gardening, and preserving food to help food pantry clients gain more ownership over their food choices.
Heartbeet Lifesharing: $300 towards building their forthcoming Community Hall, which will include a stage and serve as an arts venue for the area.
Lowell Graded School: $1,000 for Story Keepers, a program to encourage reading and inspire an enthusiasm for history through genealogical “detective work,” and creation of a book about students’ family stories.
NEK Kids on the Move: $4,000 to support and expand their programs promoting greater physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits among youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who live in the greater Hardwick area.
Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation: $2,500 to support their program “Building Community Through Astronomy” which brings children and adults together to view the skies and foster intergenerational learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
NorthWoods Stewardship Center: $3,000 to expand employment readiness training in its Conservation Corps program for NEK youth.
Orleans Central Supervisory Union: $4,000 to purchase a collection of tandem kayaks to provide opportunities for students to explore and enjoy local bodies of water and engage in team-building activities.
RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program): $400 to purchase yarn for RSVP volunteers to use knitting mittens, scarves, hats, socks, and other knitted items and distribute them to disadvantaged children in Essex and Orleans county over the Christmas holiday.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum: $1,000 to support the Acorn Club which promotes early literacy development in young children ages zero to six, and engages parents, guardians, and caregivers.
Town of Canaan Recreation Park: $1,000 to purchase netting and a practice mat, and support site preparation for a golf practice cage.
Vermont Council on Rural Development: $10,000 towards “NEK Today and Tomorrow,” a community conversation about the future of the Kingdom, laying out plans to move forward in the face of large-scale development initiatives.
Vermont Works for Women: $2,500 to support Dirt Divas, a mountain biking and empowerment program that builds confidence, courage, resilience, and leadership in girls.
Wonder & Wisdom, Inc.: $1,000 to provide low income children living in Greensboro, East Hardwick, and Stannard with seven weeks of daily transportation to the 2014 Summer Journeys Camp Program.
2012 Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants
Catamount Arts was awarded $540 to support the creation of an historical archive for the organization.
The Center for an Agricultural Economy was awarded $4,850 for the restoration and transformation of Atkins Field at Copper Brook as space for public agricultural events.
Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District was awarded $3,000 to support the Northeast Kingdom Conservation Nursery and their efforts to replace invasive species with native trees.
Everybody Wins! Vermont was awarded $2,000 to support the Power Lunch literacy program in Barton and St. Johnsbury.
Four Seasons of Early Learning was awarded $3,750 to support a new program for kids and families called “It’s Dinnertime! Empowering Families to Cook Healthful Meals.”
Friends of the Cobleigh Library was awarded $1,000 to support their new bookmobile.
Gilman Housing Trust was awarded $4,000 to support a new program providing language tools to migrant farmworkers and their employers.
Grass Root Art & Community Effort (GRACE) was awarded $1,500 for the touring exhibition of “Cultivating GRACE, Creative Voices of the Northeast Kingdom.”
Green Mountain Farm-to-School was awarded $4,000 to support “The Lunchbox: Increasing Food Access in the NEK.”
Greensboro Wonder and Wisdom was awarded $1,000 to support the Historic Heroes Project in their after-school program.
Highfields Center for Composting was awarded $4,000 to support the development of their Compost Research and Education Facility.
Northern Rivers Land Trust was awarded $1,000 to support an intern working on the Hardwick Lake conservation project.
Northwoods Stewardship Center was awarded $3,500 to support the creation and maintenance of the Gardner Path living history trail.
St. Johnsbury Good Living Senior Center was awarded $877 for equipment purchases, including new bridge tables and an LCD projector.
St. Johnsbury Academy was awarded $500 for a pilot program teaching foreign languages to regional elementary school students.
St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance was awarded $2,000 to support their community farm project.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was awarded $1,000 to support the Acorn Club, a literacy program for young readers.
St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center was awarded $1,000 to purchase equipment for their archive.
Thaddeus Stevens School was awarded $400 to address issues of racism using a traveling exhibition about Emmett Till.
The Common Place was awarded $500 to support their “Art Across the Ages” program.
Umbrella was awarded $2,920 to support the Northeast Kingdom Bystander Intervention Program to help stop violence.
Upward Bound at Lyndon State College was awarded $1,000 for transportation support for the summer internship/community service students.
The Vermont Foodbank was awarded $5,000 for the BackPack Program in Lunenberg, providing food support for food insecure children and families.
Waterford School was awarded $1,000 for a new program around sustainability and food education.