Available Grants

In this time of COVID-19 pandemic response, we recognize that the degree and types of need in our communities is unprecedented and that most organizations are impacted in some way. We are dedicated to supporting COVID-19 response and eventual recovery through our existing competitive grant programs and through our new VT COVID-19 Response Fund, which are described in greater detail below.

Please expand the menus below to determine your eligibility for our grant rounds. We anticipate our regular grant rounds will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery; however, deadlines for some programs have changed, allowing time for organizations to assess unmet and emergent needs. Please read closely! 

This new fund and its grantmaking are designed to support both short-term response and longer-term recovery. Specific strategies include:

  • organizational and community efforts to reduce virus exposure and enhance health care access
  • sustaining critical programs and services to help vulnerable Vermonters meet their basic needs
  • economic and social strategies to build and sustain community resiliency

In order to disburse grant resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. In the first phase of the fund’s grantmaking, we are prioritizing community-based organizations and networks that have history and experience serving communities and vulnerable individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Grants will be made on a rolling basis as our fundraising continues. 

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Our Spark grants program continues to focus on building social capital and connection; however, we recognize the inherent challenges of bringing people together at a time when social distancing is essential and in-person gatherings are not safe. We encourage applicants to be creative in their use of technology and other strategies for keeping people engaged and connected to one another in these challenging times.

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

2020 application deadlines and grantee notifications:

Round One: Monday, March 30, at 5:00 pm (Notification: Friday, May 8th)

Round Two: Thursday, May 28, at 5:00 pm (Notification: Wednesday, July 15)

Round Three: Thursday, October 15, at 5:00 pm (Notification: Friday, December 4th)


APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The Regional and Local Impact (RALI) grant program is an invitation-only, place-based grant program. We are looking for ideas that are generated with community engagement that address directly one or more of the four Opportunity Gap strategic focus areas. Preference will be given to those projects that can show readiness, capacity, collaboration, knowledge of best practices, and evaluation necessary for their strategy to be successful. 

Project Idea Forms are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Our Nonprofit Capacity Building grants programs will continue to make grants on a rolling basis with fast turnaround times. Although we recognize that many organizations are feeling the strain of lost revenue associated with pandemic response and social distancing, this grant program is not designed to supplant lost revenue.

Grants of no more than $3,000 each to support the cost of consultants to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, financial sustainability planning, or facilitating a merger.

Deadline: Rolling deadline.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly.

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Our Special & Urgent Needs grants programs will continue to make grants on a rolling basis with fast turnaround times. Although we recognize that many organizations are feeling the strain of lost revenue associated with pandemic response and social distancing, this grant program is not designed to supplant lost revenue.

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

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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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 2020 award have been temporarily postponed. We will update this page with more info around mid-May.

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. Friday, May 29, 2020

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

Applications will be accepted starting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm Friday, June 5, 2020.

Application Guidelines

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

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Grantees will be notified of decisions by the end of April, 2020.

Application Guidelines

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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 26, 2020

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: 5:00 pm, Friday, June 5, 2020.

 

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:There will be one grant round in 2020. The timeline and deadline will be announced early May, 2020.

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: There will be one grant round in 2020. The timeline and deadline will be announced early May, 2020.

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:

Spring Grants – Typically focused on education and the environment. Letter of Interest deadline is June 1, 2019. Additional information will be requested if needed. Grant decisions will be made no later than July 30, with notification following soon thereafter.

Winter Grants – Typically focused on children and families, basic human needs (food, fuel, shelter), and health. Letter of Interest deadline is December 1, 2019. Additional information will be requested if needed. Grant decisions will be made in late December or early January, with notifications following in mid-January.

Emergency Grants - The Kelsey Trust will sometimes consider emergency grants outside the normal grant making cycle. Please contact Kim Haigis, khaigis@vermontcf.org to outline the request before submitting an out of cycle request.


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. Friday, March 6, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by the beginning of May, 2020.

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

*Applicants please note 2020's earlier application deadline.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 14th, 2020. 

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

Grants up to $4,000 for creative and effective initiatives that support, educate, and empower Bennington area youth, particularly low-income and disadvantaged youth, to be engaged and successful in school, work, community, and life. 

*Applicants please note 2020's earlier application deadline.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of decisions by the end of June, 2020.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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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

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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, 2020.

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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.

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