Available Grants

This page lists all of the Foundation's grant programs, including our discretionary/flexible programs, statewide and place-based programs, and supporting organization programs. They each have different timelines, eligibility requirements, and grant award amounts. We encourage you to scroll through all of the available grants to find those that are most applicable to your work and projects! 

Opportunity Gap Grant Programs

We are actively engaged in our grantmaking strategy around the Opportunity Gap, the Foundation's discretionary/flexible grants. Before you apply to one of our Opportunity Gap grant programs, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work by reading the Closing the Opportunity Gap web page, reviewing the Opportunity Gap Strategic Focus Areas, and reading The Opportunity Gap Launch Year Progress Report. Click on the grant round name or + sign below for more information about each grant round. 

  • Our first SPARK! Connecting Community grant round of 2019 is now open. Please click on the + sign below for application details and deadlines. 
  • For the Regional and Local Impact (RALI) Grants—our invitation-only grant round—we have created a Project Idea Form which lets YOU tell us about your idea. Please read the RALI grant information page carefully before completing the Project Idea Form. And if you have questions about your project's fit with the RALI grant round, please contact Celia Cadwell
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building and Special and Urgent Needs grant programs are accepting grants on a rolling basis. Please click on the + sign or name of the grant program below for application guidelines.

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:Tuesday, March 19th at 5:00 p.m, Thursday, June 6th at 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 13th at 5:00 p.m.


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. 

LEARN MORE & SUBMIT A PROJECT IDEA FORM

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:

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

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

RegionLake Champlain Basin

Lake Champlain Tributaries & Restoration Fund is no longer accepting applications.

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: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 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

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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

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.