Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth

Established in 2018, the Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth will ensure an ongoing source of revenue for dynamic and innovative youth programs in Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford in perpetuity.

Youth Are Important

When young people in a community thrive, they are vibrant. They are engaged in school.  They are creative and play sports. They volunteer in the community and help their neighbors. They speak up and speak out. They take part-time jobs and internships. They give a community a sense of pride and promise.  When youth struggle, not only are their lives harmed, the community’s future is put at risk.

The Fund’s current priorities are projects that:

  • Promote youth leadership and empowerment
  • Expand youth engagement in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities and increase youth exposure to STEAM careers
  • Support youth entrepreneurship
  • Support at-risk youth to get on a positive life path

The Fund’s first annual grant round awarded $21,343 to six organizations.

View the Fund's 2018 Grants

How Can I Give to the Fund?

We are reaching out to Bennington County community members, Community Foundation fundholders, and others across the state to provide gifts for the Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth.

We welcome donations of cash, appreciated securities, or other assets.

You can also donate to the fund online at our Give Now page.