Northeast Kingdom Fund Announces $80,000 in Grants

The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $80,000 in grants to 26 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties this year. The Fund was established in 2011 by the Community Foundation and local partners as a permanent philanthropic resource to support the people and communities in the region.

This year’s grantmaking was supported in part by the Stony Point Foundation and many other donors from across Vermont. The support of these donors demonstrates the importance of philanthropic collaboration and partnership in advancing the work of communities in the Northeast Kingdom.

“2016 marks the fifth year of grantmaking for the Northeast Kingdom Fund,” says Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, senior philanthropic advisor at the Community Foundation. “We are pleased to announce that we have contributed over $300,000 to more than 100 projects in the Kingdom from 2012 to 2016, including grants that support greater civic engagement; protect the environment; enhance education in many forms; and improve health care, food security, housing, and other social services for vulnerable Kingdom families and individuals.”

The Vermont Community Foundation will celebrate this year’s grantees on December 7th at an event in Newport at the Gateway Center. The event will feature remarks from Hardwick residents Anne Galloway, founder and publisher of, and Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, Anne's daughter and the executive director of the Art House in Craftsbury. All are welcome to attend.   

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2016 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. 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.

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