VT COVID-19 Response Fund



About the VT COVID-19 Response Fund

The Vermont Community Foundation has established the VT COVID-19 Response Fund to support nonprofits that are particularly equipped to address community impacts of the spread of the novel coronavirus in Vermont. Working with state, federal, municipal, public health, and nonprofit leadership, the Community Foundation will provide flexible resources to nonprofits working to address the most immediate public health and economic impacts of the disease, focusing on vulnerable populations and the service providers that support them.

This fund offers donors the opportunity to be part of a coordinated response to the many effects of COVID-19 in Vermont.


The Community Foundation and its partners will design and implement a dynamic grantmaking strategy that is responsive to the rapidly changing situation.

  • The Foundation has established a VT COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee. The initial members are: Jesse Bridges, United Way of Northwest Vermont; David Coates, KPMG (Former); Rep. Hal Colston, Winooski and Vermont Community Foundation Board; Robert Dostis, Green Mountain Power; Ben Doyle, USDA Rural Development; Carolyn Dwyer, Vermont Community Foundation Board Vice Chair and Management Consultant; Mary Evslin, Entrepreneur; Lindsay Kurrle, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development; Sue Minter, Capstone Community Action; Aly Richards, Let’s Grow Kids; Beth Rusnock, National Life Foundation; Chris Saunders, Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy; John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank; Meg Seely, Vermont Community Foundation Board Chair; Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
  • In the near term, the Foundation will provide flexible, one-time general operating grants to local and regional organizations that are on the front lines of serving vulnerable populations. The type of grant or funding may be adapted as needs evolve.
  • To act quickly and remain flexible, at this time there will not be a formal application process for the VT COVID-19 Response Fund. That said, we would like to hear what you and your community are experiencing. Please email grants@vermontcf.org, and we will respond as soon as we are able.

There will be emergency response, but there will also be longer term recovery. Philanthropy has a role to play in both.

  • Grants will be made in multiple phases on a rolling basis, depending on the fundraising dollars that are received.
  • In Phase One, we are looking to extend capacity and support the infrastructure of nonprofits positioned to meet the basic human needs of our most vulnerable populations, specifically elders, and families compelled to stay at home by illness, school, childcare and work closures. This may range from visiting nurses to meals on wheels, and from food pantries to program supports for socially distanced and isolated individuals. The Foundation will begin distribution of Phase One grants within 14 days.
  • Phase Two is dependent on any state and federal support that becomes available and will focus primarily on economic and social strategies for those adversely affected. 
  • The Foundation anticipates many unmet needs of Vermonters across the board, and additional strategies will be announced as the VT COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee evaluates the situation and determines the areas where philanthropic capital will make the biggest difference.

  • Stay up to date and contact us for more information.
  • Donate online now or by mailing a check with "VT COVID-19 Response Fund" in the memo, payable to:
    The Vermont Community Foundation
    3 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
    attn: COVID-19 Fund
  • Donors who wish to speak with a philanthropic advisor or who need help facilitating cash wire or stock transfers can contact Jane Kimble at 802.388.3355 ext. 286 or jkimble@vermontcf.org.
  • For the most up-to-date information on VT COVID-19 Response Fund visit vermontcf.org/VTCOVID-19Response.
  • General inquiries related to the VT COVID-19 Response Fund can be sent to grants@vermontcf.org
  • Media inquiries can be sent to Nate Clark at nclark@vermontcf.org.

    Thank you for your support!