Available Grants

Since 1986, the Vermont Community Foundation has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities. One part of that work involves making grants. The Foundation awards more than $12 million annually to nonprofit organizations in Vermont and beyond. These grants support a breadth of issues such as hunger, housing, arts, cultural heritage, social justice, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability.

Opportunity Gap Grant Programs

Happy 2019! We wanted to share some updates: 

  • In the first months of 2019, the Grants and Community Investments team is evaluating our strategy and grantmaking timeline for the coming year. The invitation-only RALI program will not be accepting Letter of Introduction (LOI) submissions during this time. Please check back in mid-February for updated information, including deadlines for the Spark! Connecting Community program. 
  • The Nonprofit Capacity Building and Special and Urgent Needs grant programs continue to accept grant applications on a rolling basis. Please click on the + sign or name of the grant program below for application guidelines. 
  • We encourage you to read through the following information that provides a comprehensive overview of our work to close the opportunity gap. 
  1. Closing The Opportunity Gap, our webpage that gives an in-depth description of this work and why it matters
  2. Opportunity Gap Strategic Focus Areas, a chart that provides detailed information on work supported by these grants (8.5x11 print version)
  3. The Opportunity Gap Launch Year Progress Report - published in late 2018

Grants of no more than $2,500 each to support the cost of consultants to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, financial sustainability planning, or facilitating a merger.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations statewide to help nonprofits dealing with unexpected emergencies.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage organizations to apply as soon as the need and a plan to address the need are identified. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

$500 - $3,000 grants made to organizations throughout Vermont. This grassroots grantmaking focuses on strengthening community connections that lead to action and impact. 

2019 Deadlines: Please check back in early March for the 2019 grant application deadlines. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Regional and Local Impact grants (RALI) are by invitation only. These grants are targeted in regions where philanthropic investment can make a particularly deep impact by increasing access to opportunity for low-income youth, families, and their communities. And while these grants will be aligned with our opportunity gap strategies, we will be largely deferential to communities in how they define need within that context.

The RALI program is not accepting Letter of Introduction (LOI) submissions at this time. Please check back in mid-February for updated information. 

Click the plus (+) sign or program name to learn more.

Statewide Grant Programs

The following grant programs make grants to organizations across Vermont.

An annual $15,000 cash award intended to recognize Con and his life’s work by encouraging and rewarding leaders who share his vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good, and seize the responsibility for making that vision real.

Deadline: Nominations for the 2019 award must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Nomination Guidelines


$250-$1,000 grants to organizations for public or school libraries' young adult programs, grades 6-12.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For questions about the Paul Post Fund, please email grants@vermontcf.org.

Application Guidelines

$500-$3,500 grants to support projects, programs, and organizations that serve LGBTQ communities in Vermont. 

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

$1,000-$5,000 grants for Vermont artists and Vermont arts organizations.*

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019

Application Guidelines

*The VAEF is associated with the Concert Artists Fund, which awards grants to support the performance of classical music in Chittenden County.

Grants to organizations and programs that support viable career pathways and career prospects for Vermont women and girls.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. February 7, 2019

Application Guidelines

Click the plus (+) sign or program name to learn more.

Place-Based Grant Programs

These grant programs focus on a range of issues in their regions.

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations plus one $25,000 grant for projects including but not limited to the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services in Addison County and the Brandon area (70%) and statewide (30%).

Region: Addison County, Brandon, and statewide

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019

Application Guidelines

Two-year grants up to $10,000 per year for organizations presenting performances of classical music in Chittenden County.*

Region: Chittenden County

Deadline: The next open grant round will be in 2020

Application Guidelines

*The CAF is associated with the Vermont Artists Endowment Fund, which awards grants to Vermont artists and Vermont arts organizations.

Up to $15,000 grants to organizations for environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed.

Region: View or download a map of the area. [PDF 1 KB]

Deadline: Letter of intent due Friday, May 31, 2019

Application Guidelines

$250-$1,000 grants to organizations support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.

Region: Brattleboro and surrounding area.

Deadline: Round 1 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019; Round 2 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019. Applications must be submitted on time in order to be considered.

Application Guidelines

$250-$500 grants to organizations to support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.

Region: Brattleboro and surrounding area

Deadline: Round 1 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019; Round 2 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019. Applications must be submitted on time in order to be considered.

Application Guidelines

Established in 1988 by Sally Patrick Johnson to benefit the people and protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Trust honors the lives and work of Robert Fleming Patrick and Jonathan Kelsey Woods.

Region: Lake Champlain Basin

Deadlines: please check back for 2019 dates

Application Guidelines

$5,000-$50,000 grants to organizations for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Lake Champlain's ecosystem.

RegionLake Champlain Basin

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly.

AppLication Guidelines

$1,000-$7,500 grants to organizations for research and education concerning the southern portion of Lake Champlain.

Region: Area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019

Application Guidelines

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations serving children, elderly and family services, education, environment, sustainability, and the arts in Lamoille County and other parts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Region: Lamoille County, Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Guidelines

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations to support the vibrancy and health of the Northeast Kingdom.

Region: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties

Deadline: Fall 2019. Specific grant timeline will be posted in February 2019.

Application Guidelines

$250-$7,500 grants for organizations to promote educational opportunities, support children and families, and foster the future sustainability in Poultney and its adjacent communities.

Region: Rutland County

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Guidelines

Click the plus (+) sign or program name to learn more.

Our Supporting Organizations

Our supporting organizations are engaged in long-term, big-picture, strategic philanthropy. Their grantmaking is primarily by invitation only, however the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has a competitive grant round.

Promotes vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long-term economic vitality in Vermont.

Deadline: By invitation only. If you’d like to introduce yourself, please visit the High Meadows Fund website

Learn more

The McClure Foundation focuses on improving equitable access to the postsecondary and career education that leads to Vermont’s most promising jobs. It envisions a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.

Deadline: Letter of Intent due 5:00 p.m. February 6, 2019

Learn more

If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Weir at cweir@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355  ext. 239.

Promoting healthy, happy children and families in Vermont through the funding and support of community-based prevention strategies.

Deadline: By invitation only.

Learn more

Click the plus (+) sign or program name to learn more.