Green Mountain Fund

The Green Mountain Fund was established at the Vermont Community Foundation in 1993 to support charitable activities with a special interest in education and the children and families of Lamoille County. Grantmaking has since been expanded to include the neighboring communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, and Hardwick.

What We Fund

The Green Mountain Fund is interested in supporting projects where a modest grant will make an impact by leveraging a new idea or other dollars. Our focus is on programs and projects that are helping to close the opportunity gap by providing all Vermonters with access to: affordable, high-quality early care and learning, strong family support resources, and/or healthy and vital communities. The Fund has preference for projects in Eastern Lamoille County and the neighboring communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, and/or Hardwick and through our grantmaking, we aspire to respect and protect the environment in the region.

What We Don’t Fund

In general, the Fund is not interested in supporting capital campaigns, deficit funding, or normal operating expenses. However, occasional exceptions are made for special projects and/or certain circumstances such as:
  • compelling circumstance that would be effectively addressed by a one-year operating grant;
  • positive impact that a one-time operating grant will have on the organization; or
  • reasonable funding plan for the period following a one-year operating grant.

Who May Apply

Eligible applicants must be schools, municipal entities, or nonprofit organizations whose service area includes Eastern Lamoille County and the neighboring communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, or Hardwick.

Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization, school, or municipality acts as a fiscal sponsor. 

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available (meaning any funds having a competitive application process) by the Vermont Community Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Foundation. 

Grant applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability.

Grant Size

The Green Mountain Fund makes grants in two sizes:

  • Mini Grants ($500 - $1,000)
  • Sustaining Grants ($1,001 - $5,000)*
Green Mountain Fund grants support projects that:
  • increase access to opportunity for low-income youth and families,
  • connect people to the environment around them in ways that encourage stewardship and respect; and/or
  • increase opportunities for positive social interaction
  • increase health and wellness of children and families.
*Sustaining Grants support longer-term projects typically spanning a six-month to one-year timeline. Funding will be considered for infrastructure, equipment, or strategic initiatives in the grantmaking region.

Deadline and Notification

The Green Mountain Fund has no deadline—you may apply anytime through our Online Grants Manager. The Green Mountain Fund review committee, made up of donor advisors to the fund, evaluates all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Foundation.

Notification is usually made six to eight weeks after submission. Please plan accordingly when submitting your proposal—if your proposal is time sensitive, contact Foundation staff in advance of submission.

Application Process

The Green Mountain Fund application is now accessed and submitted through our Online Grants Manager. Visit the Online Grants Center to learn more, and please note that you may need to create a new login account and password. If you have questions about this process, please call 802-388-3355 ext. 222.

To help you prepare, you can view or download the application questions.

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