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 new VT COVID-19 Response Fund and through our existing competitive grant programs, 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 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: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have moved the next round of Spark Grants to the fall with the deadline of Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin accepting applications August 15, 2020.

For more information or to change the status of your application from submitted to draft to allow you to review and edit your current submission, please contact grants@vermontcf.org. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.

 


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. 

Our Project Idea Form is closed at this time. We are re-evaluating our RALI Project Idea Form intake process and will update it shortly.

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Our Nonprofit Capacity Building grants programs will continue to make grants of up to $3,000 on a rolling basis with fast turnaround times. In recognition that COVID-19 is disrupting the program and operating models of many nonprofits, we welcome proposals that seek funding for strategic planning, merger explorations, financial sustainability planning, and other consultant services that relate directly to how you might achieve your mission in this new time.  Although we know that many organizations are feeling the strain of lost revenue associated with the pandemic, this grant program is not designed to supplant lost revenue. Deadline: Rolling deadline.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly.

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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.

Given the extraordinary times we are in due to COVID-19, we will not seek nominations for the 2020 Con Hogan Award. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of sound leadership, strong networking, persistence, and data-driven decision making. This year the Hogan Award Committee will recognize an individual or organization that has exhibited these characteristics throughout this pandemic and that shares Con's vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good.

Nomination Guidelines


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

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted to the Paul Post Fund in 2020. The Fund will begin accepting new applications in January 2021. With 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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As of this grant round and moving forward, the Vermont Arts Endowment grant funds will be administered through the Vermont Arts Council’s portfolio of grants programs. This exciting new partnership will enhance the accessibility, reach, and impact of funding for Vermont artists and arts organizations and support a robust, relevant, and resilient arts culture that is accessible to all Vermonters as both creators and consumers.  For more information please visit: www.vermontartscouncil.org.

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 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

The Fund will award approximately 100 eligible businesses with grants of $4,000 to $25,000. The number and size of grants will be based on the relative size of the business, the level of the business’s COVID-19-related financial distress, the importance of the business to their town’s vibrancy, and available funding.

Towns: Arlington, East Arlington, Dorset, East Dorset, Manchester, and Manchester Center.

Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2020 at 5 pm.

Application Guidelines

In order to disburse grant resources quickly to where they are most needed in the Brattleboro area during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the Crosby Gannett Fund is not hosting an application process at this time. The Fund approved grants in April to support covid response efforts in the region, with some focus on those that meet immediate basic human needs.

In order to disburse grant resources quickly to where they are most needed in the Brattleboro area during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the Dunham Mason Fund is not hosting an application process at this time. The Fund approved grants in April to organizations it has funded in the past, with a focus on those that meet basic human needs, while also including several valued arts and culture organizations. 

Due to COVID19, the Concert Artists Fund will not be holding a competitive grant round for 2020. One-year general operating grants will be made to preselected existing grantees. We anticipate restarting the competitive grants process for 2021. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. For more information, please contact grants@vermontcf.org.

  

 

The fund will award grants of about $1,000 to $2,500 to eligible businesses. The number and size of grants will be based on the relative size of the business, the level of the business’s COVID-related financial distress, the importance of the business to their town’s vibrancy, and available funding.

Town: Killington. 

Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

Application Guidelines

Spring Grants –  In order to focus very limited resources on urgent needs and long-standing partners during the coronavirus pandemic, the Kelsey Trust is not hosting a grants application process this spring. Thank you for your understanding.

$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.

The Green Mountain Fund is currently accepting applications for COVID-related needs, and will seek to support organizations and programs responding to the current crisis that also are working towards long-term, systemic change.

 

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

Please note that the NEK 2020 grant round is currently accepting applications.   

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

Application Guidelines

In order to disburse grant resources quickly to where they can best meet the needs of youth in the Bennington region, the Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth is not hosting an application process at this time. The Fund approved grants in April to organizations in Bennington serving youth impacted by the economic, health, and socio-emotional impacts of COVID19. We anticipate restarting a competitive grant process for 2021. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. For more information, please contact grants@vermontcf.org.

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$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 each year on a rolling basis from January 1 - November 1. Applications submitted between November 2 and December 31 will not be considered. 

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

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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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