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.

We are in the process of setting 2019 grant deadlines, so please check back.

Opportunity Gap Grant Programs

The following grant rounds support our Opportunity Gap work. Before applying for a grant, we strongly encourage you to thoroughly review the following:

After you’ve read all of this information, click the plus (+) sign or name of the grant program to learn more about each grant program.

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

2018 Deadlines: 5:00 p.m. March 15, July 26, and October 16.

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

Some additional Opportunity Gap grants will be by invitation only, including Regional and Local Impact grants (RALI). 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.

If you’d like to tell us more about how your organization is addressing opportunity gap issues in your area, we invite you to learn more about our letter of introduction process.

Click the plus (+) sign to learn more about each grant program.

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. April 12, 2018

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 12, 2018

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 to learn more about each grant program.

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: The 2019 deadline will be determined early in the new year. The deadline will likely be in early June. Please check back. Thank you! 

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 p.m. April 12, 2018  (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: Every four years. We anticipate the next request for proposals in 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: 5:00 p.m. April 18 and October 11, 2018  

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: 5:00 p.m. April 18 and October 11, 2018 

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

2018 Deadlines: June 1 - Spring Letter of Interest; December 1 - Winter Letter of Interest

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: 5:00 p.m. September 5, 2018

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 of all sizes for river restoration work in the upper Connecticut River Watershed; wetland restoration, protection, and enhancement; and shoreline protection.

Region: Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vt. and West Lebanon, N.H.

Deadline: Concept Paper due 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018; Application (by invitation only) due 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Learn More

Click the plus (+) sign to learn more about each grant program.

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.

2018 Deadline: Letter of Interest – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, Full Application (invitation only) – 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5.

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 to learn more about each grant program.