Northeast Kingdom Fund Announces $63,000 in Grants

The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $63,668 in grants to 21 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 donors from across Vermont. The support of these donors demonstrates the importance of philanthropic collaboration and partnership in advancing the good work in communities in the Northeast Kingdom.

“The Northeast Kingdom Fund represents a collaborative effort between the Vermont Community Foundation, our family of fundholders, and local Northeast Kingdom leaders,” notes Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith. “As we focus our efforts on closing the opportunity gap, regional collaboration like this will be a key to our success: increased access to the resources rural youth and families need to get ahead.”

The Vermont Community Foundation will celebrate this year’s grantees on January 25th at an event in Hardwick at Heartbeet Lifesharing. The event will feature remarks from Dan Smith, Encore Coordinator Elizabeth Chambers, and students from the North Country Supervisory Union about the importance of increasing access to opportunity for NEK youth. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a musical performance by the Kingdom All Stars.

To learn more about the Northeast Kingdom Fund, visit

2017 Grants

Brighton Elementary School received $1,000 to support a program that brings together middle school students and senior adults for inter-generational community and cultural activities.

Burklyn Arts Council received $2,500 to support a downtown St. Johnsbury mural project that will beautify and revitalize the area and raise community pride.

Catamount Film & Arts received $5,000 to support a music program providing free instruments, instruction, and experience working in ensembles to students at the St. Johnsbury School.

Craftsbury Public Library received $3,400 for a project that will use children’s literature to introduce topics of multiculturalism and social justice to young children and families. 

Get Thee to the Funnery received $5,000 to support a Shakespeare camp for middle and high school students that will culminate in a new youth production of Macbeth.

Grass Roots Art and Community Effort (GRACE) received $2,500 for a series of evening and weekened art workshops aimed at diverse, underserved adults in Caledonia and Orleans counties.

Greater Barton Arts Inc. received $990 to provide free drawing, painting, and color theory art workshops for youth and adults.

Green Mountain Farm-to-School received $5,000 to increase access to local food and incorporate enhanced food and nutritional education into its successful Farm-to-Grocery Nutrition Incentive program.

Jay Focus Group received $5,000 to construct a composting outhouse to ensure the sanitation and health of over 800 monthly student and community visitors to the Jay Community Recreational Centre Outdoor Learning Area.

Modern Times Theater received $1,000 to present a trilogy of family-friendly puppet variety shows in downtown Hardwick.

NEK Kids on the Move received $4,000 to support their mission to foster lifelong healthy habits among youth and their families through after school programming that emphasizes outdoor activities.

North Country Supervisory Union received $5,000 to support a project that addresses literacy issues through an eight-week after school program that introduces students to slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and scene writing.

Northeast Kingdom All Star Band & Chorus received $1,000 for a masters program that will connect professional musicians and instructors with the band and chorus students to educate them on advanced musical principals and concepts with an emphasis on musicianship, teamwork and technical skill.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services received $1,878.95 to support their Zero Suicide Initiative through training in the Zero Suicide approach for key staff on a continuing basis.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital received $2,900 to bring a certified music therapist to the campus to promote healing and comfort for patients and their family members in a holistic manner.

Orleans County Historical Society received $2,500 to to replant a variety of tree species along the roadside at the Old Stone House Museum and establish an arboretum that will become an educational resource for visitors.

Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) received $2,000 to purchase a set of portable truck scales that will enhance farm viability and improve water quality by minimizing the amount of nutrients that leave fields and enter nearby waterways.

RuralEdge received $5,000 to support feasibility work that will lead to the full rehabilitation and historic restoration of Barton's Pierce Block.

Vermont Foodbank received $3,000 to provide free fresh produce to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital patients and St. Johnsbury School students, in order to help improve diets and health among those at risk of hunger received $2,500 to support investigative news coverage and civic engagement events in the NEK in partnership with local media.

WonderArts Vermont received $2,500 to support programming that includes free meals, movies, art and recreational activities, workshops, and more for young families, families in poverty, single parents, foster families, and other community members.

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