Making a Difference

The Vermont Women’s Fund has invested more than $2 million over the last 20 years in programs that provide women and girls with the tools they need to lead strong, healthy, empowered lives.

Grants from the Women’s Fund help them move out of poverty, establish safe relationships, choose healthy behaviors, build communication skills, master non-traditional occupations, and strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being.

Research consistently shows that when women are afforded equality and opportunity, their economic achievements at both individual and community levels are striking. Studies show that when women hold assets or gain income, the money is more likely spent on nutrition, medicine, and housing, having a much wider impact on families and children.

Our work is breaking down barriers to economic independence that keep them from giving their all to their families and their communities. 2016 marks the sixth year that our grants have focused on programs that provide at-risk young women ages 12-25 with opportunities and experiences that expand their vision for their future. Building confidence in a way that uniquely works for women and girls is what our grantee organizations are doing for young women in Vermont. See the 2016 Grant Awards.